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Donahue, Darrell

Dean of WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Director of the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station

Darrell W. Donahue is the dean of the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and director of the West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.


Prior to joining WVU, Donahue was director of the Institute of Water Research as well as professor and chair of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University. From 2012 – 2015, he was at Maine Maritime Academy where he was vice president of Operations and Research Director. Donahue began his academic career in 1996 at the University of Maine where he moved through the academic ranks to professor of chemical engineering and associate director of the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute.


His previous research has a broad spectrum and background. Throughout his career, he has focused on process operations efficiency improvement, near-infrared spectroscopy, and risk assessment. Donahue currently serves as a member of the United Nations International Commission on the Microbiological Specifications for Foods and as an expert on WHO/FAO panels in food safety and defense. He continues to consult with several federal government agencies in the area of risk assessment and its evaluation. In these risk assessment venues, Donahue contributes his expertise to the exposure assessment and dose response portions of risk assessment modeling process as well as contributing his strengths in industrial statistics and Monte Carlo simulation and modeling.