Dr. Lilong Chai is a tenure-track Assistant Professor & Engineering Specialist in the Department of Poultry Science, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia (UGA). His research and Extension interests include animal environmental engineering, precision livestock farming, and poultry health and welfare. Prior to joining UGA, Dr. Chai was a postdoc research associate in the department of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). At ISU, Dr. Chai led the field study on commercial farms for two USDA-NIFA programs (both as Co-PI) for improving indoor air quality of cage-free egg production facilities and exploring practical means for preventing/controlling airborne infectious poultry diseases such as avian influenza. During study at Purdue University, Dr. Chai participated the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study (NAEMS) project, one of world’s largest animal environment monitoring programs (total funding was $14.6 million, supervised by EPA). Dr. Chai was leading/co-leading the emissions monitoring/data analysis of two Indiana poultry monitoring sites, a North Carolina poultry site, and a California dairy site in the NAEMS project. Dr. Chai’s contribution include author/co-author of over 100 publications and PI/Co-PI of 20 grants or contracts.
Education and Training
2015-2018, Postdoc Research Associate, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames IA, USA.
2012-2015, NSERC Postdoc Fellow, Lethbridge Research Center, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Alberta, Canada.
2008-2010, Joint-Ph.D. Student, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, USA.
2005-2011, Ph.D. (with honors), Agricultural and Bio-environmental Engineering, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.
2001-2005, B.S. (with honors), Agricultural Structure, Environment, & Energy Engineering, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, China.
2018 – Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Poultry Science, University of Georgia, Athens GA, USA.
2011-2012, Research Assistant Professor, Beijing Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Beijing, China.
2008-2010, Project Data Analyst, Purdue Agricultural Air Quality Lab, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, USA.
Coordinator of Georgia Precision Poultry Farming Conference.
Coordinator of Georgia Layer Conference.
Facilitator of Layer Production Module for Georgia International Poultry Trainings.
Professional Member of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
- Vice Chair, Environmental Air Quality Committee-ASABE (PAFS-50) (2020-2022)
- Secretary, Environmental Air Quality Committee-ASABE (PAFS-50) (2018-2020)
- Session Chair/Moderator: Measurement, mitigation, and modeling of air pollution from livestock and poultry facilities), ASABE Annual International Meeting: (2017-2018; 2020-).
Professional Member of Poultry Science Association.
Member of National Association County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) (since 2020)
Organizing committee member of National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference (since 2019)
Organizing committee member of Georgia 4-H & FFA Poultry Judging contests (since 2018)
Judge/Evaluator of Georgia and National 4-H and FFA Poultry Judging/Contest/Project Evaluation.
NIAMRRE Scientist, National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research & Education (since 2021).
Member of Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineers (AOCABFE).
- Vice President of AOCABFE (2021-2022)
- Editor-in-Chief, AOCABFE Newsletter-IMPACT (2016-2018, 2020-);
- Executive board member of AOCABFE (2016-2018, 2020-)
Associate Editor: Transactions of the ASABE, Applied Engineering in Agriculture, Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health (Extension journal).
Guest Editor for Journals:
Animals: Special issue of “Housing Environment and Animal Wellbeing”.
Sensors: Special issue of “Advances in Sensors, Big Data and Machine Learning in Intelligent Animal Farming".
Review Editor for Journals:
Frontier in Animal Science; Animals.
Invited Reviewer for over 40 peer-reviewed journals.
Grant proposal Reviewer & Panelist for NSF and USDA-NIFA.
Honors & Awards
2021. Sunkist Young Designer Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers;
2021. Oracle Cloud Research Award, Oracle America, LLC.;
2021. Dean's Research Award/Fund, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UGA;
2020. Outstanding Reviewer Award. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE);
2020. The 2nd Place Award in Extension Poster/Presentation Competition (State Specialist group), Georgia Extension Conference, UGA Extension Office.
2020. Semi-finalist Team Honor, USDA ARS X2020 Research Ideal/Grant Competition, USDA ARS (Team: Oladeinde, A., Chai, L, Aggrey, S., and Rekaya, R.).
2019. Outstanding Reviewer Award, ASABE.
2018. Outstanding Service Award, Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineers (AOCABFE).
2017. The Best Poster Presenter. 2017 Iowa Egg Industry Symposium, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
2017. The 1st Prize (tie with two other professors at ISU) in research poster competition. The First ISU Faculty Research Day, Office of Vice President for Research, Iowa State University.
2017. Outstanding Service as Editor-in-Chief of IMPACT Newsletter. AOC.
2013. ASABE Young Professionals Community “Get to the AIM 2013 in Kansas City” Incentive, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
2012. NSERC Fellowships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada.
2010. Outstanding Ph.D. Research Award, China Agricultural University, China.
2008. Joing-Ph.D. Study Fellowshipes at Purdue University (USA), Ministry of Education, China.