Dr. John Classen is the Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. He earned his Masters and Bachelors for agricultural engineering at the University of Arkansas. John earned a Ph.D. for agricultural engineering at Texas A & M University. Dr. Classen has joined the STEPS program as a part of Theme 2 as EHR Co-lead. His research focuses on animal waste management, nutrient recovery, and sustainable food production as well as distribution. Dr. Classen was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural Engineers in 2007. He was awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Citation in 2016.