Eric Benson

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, May 2001
    Dissertation Title: Automatic Navigation Control of an Agricultural Combine
    Key features of the project included the development of two novel machine vision algorithms, a fuzzy vehicle controller and an electrohydraulic steering controller. Developed an image processing system for automatic guidance of off highway equipment that included a patented fuzzy logic based adaptive illumination compensation system (US Patent 6,721,453).
  • Masters of Science (M.S.), Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, May 1998
    Dissertation Title: Evaluation of sensors for vehicle guidance
    Key features included the development of a multisensor (GPS/heading) vehicle controller, heading sensor software and calibration, and an electrohydraulic steering control.
  • Bachelors of Applied Science (B.A.S.), Agricultural Engineering Technology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, May 1996, Degree with Distinction Dissertation Title: An antiwear evaluation procedure for small volumes of genetically enhanced vegetable oils
    Key features included the development of the test system, comparison to ASTM standards and evaluation of the test oils.

Current Courses

  • ANFS 467/667: Emergency Animal Management
  • BREG / EGTE 115 Introduction to Computer Based Problem Solving
  • BREG / EGTE 443 Instrumentation
  • BREG/EGTE 449 Applied Controls

Research

  • Dr. Benson’s research interests center around applied poultry engineering and emergency poultry disease response. During an emergency poultry disease response, the critical steps are surveillance, quarantine, depopulation, disposal, and disinfection. Dr. Benson is currently extensively involved in the 3-D’s: depopulation, disposal, and disinfection.

Recent Publications

E.R. Benson, D.P. Hougentogler, J. McGurk, E. Herrman, and R.L. Alphin.  2013.  Durability of Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent, Cold Cathode, and Light Emitting Diode Lamps in Poultry Conditions.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture.  Accepted.

M.P. Caputo, M.P., R. L. Alphin, E. M. Pritchett, D. P. Hougentogler, A. L. Johnson, E. R. Benson, and C. Patil. 2013. Evaluation of the diving reflex in response to non-terminal submersion of White Pekin ducks in water-based foam.  Poultry Science 2013 92:412-417; doi:10.3382/ps.2012-02513

M. P. Caputo, E. R. Benson, E. M. Pritchett, D. P. Hougentogler, P. Jain, C. Patil, A. L. Johnson, and R. L. Alphin.  2012.  Comparison of water-based foam and carbon dioxide gas mass emergency depopulation of White Pekin Ducks.  Poultry Science.  PS-12- 02514.  91:3057-3064; doi:10.3382/ps.2012-02514

E.R. Benson, R.L. Alphin, M.K. Rankin, M.P. Caputo.  2012.  Mass Emergency Foam Depopulation of Poultry.  Avian Diseases. 56(4s1): 891-896.

E.R. Benson, R.L. Alphin, M.K. Rankin, M.P. Caputo, and A.L. Johnson.  2012.  EEG Based Methodology For Determining Unconsciousness During Depopulation.  Avian Diseases.  56(4s1): 884-890.

E.R. Benson, R.L. Alphin, M.K. Rankin, M.P. Caputo, C.A. Kinney, A.L. Johnson.  2012. Evaluation of EEG Based Determination of Unconsciousness vs. Loss of Posture in Broilers.  Research in Veterinary Science.  93(2):960-964.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rvsc.2011.12.008.

R.L. Alphin, C. Ciaverelli, D.P. Hougentogler, K.J. Johnson, M.K. Rankin, and E.R. Benson.  2010.  Post Outbreak Disinfection of Mobile Equipment.  Avian Diseases.  54:772–776.

R.L. Alphin, M.K. Rankin, K.J. Johnson, and E.R. Benson.  2010.  Comparison of Water-Based Foam and Inert-Gas Mass Emergency Depopulation Methods.  Avian Diseases.  Avian Diseases 54:757–762.

R.L. Alphin, K.J. Johnson, B.S. Ladman, and E.R. Benson.  2009.  Inactivation of Avian Influenza Virus Using Five Common Chemicals and One Detergent.  Poultry Science.  88: 1181-1185.

E.R. Benson, R.L. Alphin, M.D. Dawson, and G. W. Malone.  2009.  Use of water based foam to depopulate ducks and other species.  Poultry Science.  88: 904-910.

M.D. Dawson, K.J. Johnson, E.R. Benson, R.L. Alphin and G.W. Malone.  2009.  Determining Brain Death in Depopulated Broilers Using Accelerometers.  Journal of Applied Poultry Research.  2009 18: 135-142.

M.D. Dawson, K.J. Johnson, E.R. Benson, R.L. Alphin and G.W. Malone. 2008. Determining Brain Death in Depopulated Broilers Using Accelerometers. Journal of Applied Poultry Research. Submitted 6/28/2008. JAPR-08-00072. TBC J. Appl. Poult. Res. TBC:1–8 doi:10.3382/japr.2008-00072.

M.D. Dawson, K.J. Johnson, E.R. Benson, R.L. Alphin and G.W. Malone. 2008. Determining Brain Death in Depopulated Broilers Using Accelerometers. Journal of Applied Poultry Research. Submitted 6/28/2008. JAPR-08-00072. 18(2): 135-142.

E.R. Benson, G.W. Malone, R.L. Alphin, K.J. Johnson, and E. Staicu. 2008. Application of In-house Composting on Viral Inactivity of Newcastle Disease Virus. Poultry Science. Poult Sci 2008. 87:627-635. doi:10.3382/ps.2007-00308

M.E. Lombardi, B.S. Ladman, R.L. Alphin, and E.R. Benson. 2008. Inactivation of Avian Influenza Virus Using Common Soaps, Detergents, Chemicals, and Disinfectants. Avian Diseases. AVIAN DISEASES 52(1): 118–123.

M. D. Dawson, M. E. Lombardi, E. R. Benson, R. L. Alphin, and G.W. Malone. 2007. Validation of the Use of Accelerometers in the Determination of Post-Mortem Muscular Cessation in Euthanized and Depopulated Poultry. Journal of Applied Poultry Research. 2007 J. Appl. Poult. Res. 16:583–591 doi:10.3382/japr.2008-17-1-000.

Balascio, C.C., E.R. Benson, W.D. Balascio, and L. Hotchkiss. 2007. A Study of Student-Reported Out-of-Class Time Devoted to Engineering Technology Courses. Proceedings of the 2007 ASEE Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Benson. E. R., G. W. Malone, R. L. Alphin, M. D. Dawson, C. R. Pope, and G. L. Van Wicklen. 2007. Foam-based mass emergency depopulation of floor-reared meat-type poultry operations. Poultry Sci. 86:219-224.

E.R. Benson, C. Krawczyk, and G.F. Figueiredo. 2006. Evaluation of Tablet and Laptop Computers in Field And Laboratory Settings. International Journal of Engineering Education 22(6): 1189-1196.

M.D. Dawson, P.L. Reyes, E.R. Benson, R.L. Alphin, G.W. Malone, G.L. Van Wicklen and I. Estevez. 2006. Evaluation of Foam Based Humane Mass Euthanasia Methodology for Floor-Reared Meat-Type Poultry Operations. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 22(5):787-794.

Jaiswal, S., S. Ramasamy, E.R. Benson, J.C. Bernard and G.L. Van Wicklen. 2005. Evaluation and Modelling of the Anglia Autoflow Mechanical Chicken Catching system. Biosystems Engineering. doi:10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2005.05.007. 92(1): 59-68.

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Contact Information
Eric Benson
Associate Professor

Animal and Food Sciences
242 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-0256
Fax number: (302) 831-2469
Email: ebenson@udel.edu