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Ann D. Christy, Ph.D., P.E.

Ann Christy is an associate professor of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at the Ohio State University.  She earned both her B.S. in agricultural engineering and M.S. in biomedical engineering at the Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. in environmental engineering at Clemson University. She worked for a civil engineering consulting firm before entering academia and continues to collaborate with the engineering consulting industry. Her research interests include energy, the environment, and engineering education. Her publications focus on microbial fuel cells, bioreactor landfills, environmental fate and transport in fractured glacial till, and student portfolios. She has taught courses in bioenergy, biological engineering, capstone design, heating / ventilation / air conditioning (HVAC), thermodynamics, and waste management. Ann has won multiple teaching awards at the departmental, college, university, and national levels including OSU's Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. She leads an extension program called “Barn Again” about the rehabilitation of historic agricultural structures. For one year, she served as interim associate dean for undergraduate education and student services in the College of Engineering. She was also very involved in OSU’s quarter-to-semester conversion effort at multiple levels including in her department, on college-level committees in both the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering, and as a Provost Faculty Fellow in the university’s Office of Academic Affairs. She is a second-generation woman engineer; her mother worked as an industrial engineer in the aeronautical industry.  Ann is a licensed professional engineer.