Prof. Jacobson Retires After Nearly 42 Years

August 12, 2016

Larry JacobsonAfter two years of undergraduate study at UMM (U of MN, Morris), he transferred to UMN-Twin Cities. Jacobson transferred to the Agricultural Engineering department in the spring of his junior year. Agricultural Engineering had a more familiar curriculum thanks to his upbringing on a west-central Minnesota dairy farm, near Pelican Rapids. The site of his family’s farm now has transitioned into being part of Maplewood State Park. 

A three-time alum of the University of Minnesota (’72, ‘74, ‘83), Jacobson is a tried and true Gopher. Joining the department’s faculty in 1974, he has been a staple in the department’s work with agriculturalengineering, focusing on air quality and livestock housing systems. 

Recent research topics of Dr. Jacobson’s include green housing systems for pigs, geothermal cooling and heating in a pig finishing barn, alternative energy systems and conservation for dairy and swine production, and climate change impacts on animal production. In 2015, Jacobson was selected to serve a 2nd term on the USDA’s Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. The task force is composed of representatives from industry, agriculture, academia, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and other agricultural and environmental experts. 

Jacobson’s work has strengthened the research and outreach of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, as well as other units due to the nature of his interdisciplinary work. He has helped furthered the research and outreach goals of our land-grant University through his collaborations with units like the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the School of Public Health. 

When asked about retirement plans, Jacobson shared “We plan on staying in the Twin Cities and so I will still be around the department occasionally”. “I have a few items to finish up including several grad student committees and some research presentations at a conference this summer and some papers to write. Otherwise looking forward to the opportunities that retirement has to offer.

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In honor of Jacobson's retirement, colleages offered their best wishes.

Dr. Larry Jacobson has made significant contributions that have positively impacted livestock industries in Minnesota and around the world. On behalf of all of the faculty, staff and colleagues, I would like to extend a big thank you to him for his dedication, hard work and contributions to agriculture in Minnesota and beyond. We sincerely appreciate the same.
—Shri Ramaswamy, Ph.D., Department Head, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

It has been a privilege to work with Larry Jacobson for the past 25 years. I am always impressed of how well Larry related to his audiences. Whether it was at conferences or local producer meetings, Larry took challenging scientific issues and translated them to the audiences, and others, in meaningful ways. Larry is the consummate Extension Specialist.
—Michael A. Schmitt, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

It has been great working with Larry. He is both a very well respected and knowledgeable engineer; he is a great person to work with on research projects and Extension programs. We will miss him around campus, and wish the best in his retirement.
—Kevin Janni, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering