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North Carolina State University Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering

François Birgand

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University (USA), Agricultural Engineering, minor in Water Resources, 2000.
  • M.Sc., Ingénieur Agronome (Agricultural Engineering), Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes (France), 1994.


  • 2014-present: Associate Professor, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • 2008-2014: Assistant Professor, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • 2004-2008: Engineering Researcher, Cemagref Research Institute, Antony, France
  • 2004-2008: Engineering Researcher, Cemagref Research Institute, Rennes, France


Refereed Publications

5 significant (11 in last 2 years; 25 total).
View complete list here.

  • Polizzotto, M.L., F. Birgand, A.B. Badruzzaman and M.A. Ali. 2014. Amending irrigation channels with jute-mesh structures to decrease arsenic loading to rice fields in Bangladesh Ecol. Eng. 74: 101-106. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.10.030 (pdf)
  • Etheridge*, J. R., F. Birgand, J. A. Osborne, C. L. Osburn, M. R. Burchell II and J. Irving. 2014. Using in situ ultraviolet-visual spectroscopy to measure nitrogen, carbon, phosphorus, and suspended solids concentrations at a high frequency in a brackish tidal marsh. Limnol. Oceanogr. Meth. 12: 10-22 doi 10.4319/lom.2014.12.10 (pdf)
  • Birgand, F. G. Lellouche and T.W. Appelboom. 2013. Measuring flow in non-ideal conditions for short-term projects: Uncertainties associated with the use of stage-discharge rating curves. J. Hydrol. 503: 186-195. doi 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.09.007 (pdf)
  • Gilmore*, T.G., F. Birgand and K. Chapman. 2013. Source and magnitude of error in an inexpensive image-based water level measurement system. J. Hydrol. 496: 178–186. doi 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.05.011 (pdf)
  • Brown, R.A., F. Birgand and W.F. Hunt III. 2013. Analysis of Consecutive Events for Field Monitored Bioretention Cells. Water, Air & Soil Pollution 224(6): 1581. doi 10.1007/s11270-013-1581-6 (pdf)

Active Grants

  • US Department of Energy, Optimization of Southeastern Forest Biomass Crop Production: A Watershed Scale Evaluation of the Sustainability and Productivity of Dedicated Energy Crop and Woody Biomass Operations. 01/2011 - 12/2016, $2,092,892, co-PI
  • NC Department of Transportation, Monitoring of Claridge Stream pre-restoration status, 05/2013 - 05/2016, $366,000, PI
  • Weyerhaeuser Foundation, Analysis of the Effects of Biofuel Planting, Growth, and Harvesting on the Hydrology and Water Quality of Pine Plantations. 01/09 - 12/15, $500,000, co-PI

Other Synergistic Activities

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Member Engineer, 1998-.

Collaborators & Other Affiliations (in Last Five Years)


  • Julien Tournebize, Cemagref (France)
  • Yves Nedelec, Cemagref (France)
  • Paul Bordenave, Cemagref (France)
  • Claire Billy, INRA (France)
  • Philippe Mérot, INRA (France)
  • Chantal Gascuel-Odoux, INRA (France)
  • Catherine Grimaldi, INRA (France)
  • Gérard Gruau, CNRS (France)
  • Florentina Moatar, Université de Tours (France)
  • Michel Meybeck, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France)
  • Gilles Billen, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France)
  • Mathieu Sebilo, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France)
  • Ahti Lepistö, University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • Devendra Amatya, US Forest Service
  • Rafael Muñoz-Carpena, University of Florida
  • Cayelan C. Carey, Virginia Tech
  • Sara McMillan, UNC-Charlotte
  • Chip Chescheir, NCSU
  • Wayne Skaggs, NCSU
  • Mike Burchell, NCSU
  • Mohamed Youssef, NCSU
  • Greg Jennings, NCSU
  • Chris Osburn, NCSU
  • David Genereux, NCSU
  • Bill Showers, NCSU
  • Brian Reich, NCSU

Graduate Students Advised

Total: 10

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This page was last updated on December 21, 2010

François Birgand