Karl VanDevender, Ph.D., PE


Professor/extension engineer, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Karl VanDevender is a professor/extension engineer in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

He has decades of experience working with animal operations including service on the National Pork Board’s Swine Educator’s Advisory Group, the National Animal Waste Initiative and the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center National Outreach Team.  

He has served as chair of the eXtension Manure Treatment Technology Leadership Team and has served on the committee since 2011.

He has also been a member of the Southeast Regional Extension Water Quality Working Group since the mid-1990s.

Currently, VanDevender is working on a USDA grant in the development and extension of a management tool to mitigate the carbon footprint of swine production.

He has authored dozens of publications, including co-authoring national eXtension publications on concentrated animal feeding operations in swine and poultry.

VanDevender earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Mississippi State and his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Arkansas.