Professor Jason Hill receives Distinguished McKnight University Professorship Award

April 05, 2024
Jason Hill

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering is proud to announce that Professor Jason Hill has been selected as a recipient of the University of Minnesota Distinguished McKnight University Professorship! We extend our congratulations to Dr. Hill!

The purpose of the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program is to honor and reward the most distinguished and highest-achieving mid-career faculty who have recently attained full professor status—especially those who have made significant advances in their careers at the University of Minnesota, whose work and reputation are identified with the University, and whose accomplishments have brought great renown and prestige to Minnesota. While distinction in individual research, scholarly, or creative work is required, the award may also recognize leadership within research teams and collaborative or interdisciplinary efforts.This program is administered by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Dr. Hill seeks to understand the environmental impacts of our food and energy systems, and to find ways of making them more sustainable. He takes a life cycle perspective in exploring effects on climate change and air quality in the United States and globally. His work on these topics—and on biofuels, greenhouse gas accounting, and environmental justice—have been used to inform consumers and policymakers on how to move toward a more sustainable future. 

Dr. Hill Hill currently serves as a Resident Fellow of the University’s Institute on the Environment. His research focuses on the consequences of food, energy, agriculture, and natural resources from a life-cycle perspective. Dr. Hill has testified before U.S. House and Senate Committees on the environmental effects of transportation biofuels. His work has been published in the journals Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He recently served on the National Research Council’s Committee on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuels Production and on the United States Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board’s Biogenic Carbon Advisory Panel. Dr. Hill received his AB in Biology from Harvard College and his PhD in Plant Biological Sciences from the University of Minnesota.