Dana Kirk

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Dana Kirk

Anaerobic Digester Research and Education Center: 4090 College Rd, Lansing, MI 48910


Dana is an assistant professor in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University. In addition, to his teaching and outreach responsibilities, he is the manager of the Anaerobic Digester Research and Education Center (ADREC).  The ADREC is collaborative effort between the University and a private foundation to provide a continuum of research, professional development and outreach support for waste-to-energy systems. ADREC research includes bench top, pilot scale and commercial anaerobic digestion systems used to evaluate feedstocks, optimize performance and integrate technologies.  He has overseen design, construction and operation of three commercial scale digesters and numerous demonstration and pilot scale systems. The Michigan State University South Campus Digester was recognized by the American Biogas Council as the 2014 Institutional Project of the Year. Throughout his career, Dana, has also worked on issues involved livestock nutrient management, nutrient separation and recovery, sand bedding recovery and dairy facility design.

B.S., Animal Science, Michigan State University, 2000
B.S., Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, 2000
M.S., Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, 2002
Ph.D., Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, 2009

2014 Biogas Project of the Year (Institution)

  • Beede, D.  2017.  Large Dairy Herd Management, Third Edition.  Manure Handing, Treatment and Storage Systems.  Kirk, D.M.  American Dairy Science Association.  ISBN: 978-0-9634491-3-9.
  • Rojas-Sossa, J.P., Murillo-Roos, M., Uribe-Lorio, L., Marsh, T., Larsen, N., Chen, R., Miranda, A., Solis, K., Rodriguez, W., Kirk, D., Liao, W. 2017.  Effects of coffee processing residues on anaerobic microorganisms and corresponding digestion performance. Bioresource Technology.  245(A):714-723
  • Nindhia, T.T., D.M. Kirk, P. Hill.  2017.  Reducing Green House Gas Emission and Providing Electricity: Case study In Bali, Indonesia: Small scale Biogas Electric Generation.  2nd International Forum on Sustainable in ASIA (2nd NIES International Forum).  Bali, Indonesia, January 26-28, 2017.