Darrell Donahue, Ph.D., CQE

Darrell Donahue
Telephone: 517-355-4720

Institute of Water Research

Professor; Chair, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Farrall Agricultural Engineering Hall
524 S. Shaw Lane, Room 216
East Lansing, MI 48824

Darrell Donahue became professor and chair of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering in July 2015 and director of the Institute of Water Research in February 2017. From 2012- 2015, Donahue was at Maine Maritime Academy as vice president of operations and research director.

Donahue began his academic career in 1995 at the University of Maine (UMaine) and was there for 17 years. His last role at UMaine was as professor of chemical engineering and associate director of the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute. Donahue was also affiliated with the Maine Water Research Institute in research.

Prior to UMaine, Donahue was a process engineer with a private company for nine years between BS and Ph.D. degrees. He received his BS, MS and Ph.D. from NC State University.

Most recently, Donahue has worked in the realm of food safety, lending his expertise in statistics, modeling and simulation to issues related with chemical and microbial risk assessment. He was an AAAS Fellow in 2007-2008 at DHS focusing on security and health affairs and still consults with the government on security issues related to risk assessment.

Donahue has served on three National Academy of Sciences panels and international panels addressing food safety and currently serves as a consultant to two World Health Organization-tendered food safety committees.   He is an outdoors person and says growing up on a farm in North Carolina gave him a unique perspective and important respect for stewardship of the outdoors.