overview

Dr. Hardin's research involves developing intelligent machine systems for agricultural production and processing. To meet the demands of the agricultural sector, his work has focused on integrating robust, low-cost sensing systems with statistical and physical models for automation and process control. He has conducted research on optimizing cotton processing, with a particular focus on increasing energy efficiency. He has also studied how plant genetics, environmental and management factors, and processing technology interact to affect energy use and product quality. Dr. Hardin has also conducted research in precision agriculture and measuring efficiency of novel agricultural machinery systems.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles19
  • Funk, P. A., Hardin, R. G., Terrazas, A. A., & Yeater, K. M (2020). Cotton Gin Fuel Use Patterns. Transactions of the ASABE. 63(3), 645-653.
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  • Hardin IV, R. G (2018). Seed Cotton Mass Flow Measurement in the Gin. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 34(3), 535-541.
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  • Hardin, R. G., Barnes, E. M., Valco, T. D., Martin, V. B., & Clapp, D. M. (2018). Engineering and ginning: Effects of gin machinery on cotton quality. Journal of Cotton Science. (1), 36-46.
  • Funk, P. A., Terrazas, A. A., Yeater, K. M., Hardin, R. G., Armijo, C. B., Whitelock, D. P., ... Delhom, C. D. (2018). Procedures for Moisture Analytical Tests Used in Cotton Ginning Research. Transactions of the ASABE. 61(6), 1985-1995.
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  • Funk, P. A., & Hardin, R. G. (2017). Energy utilization and conservation in cotton gins. Journal of Cotton Science. (2), 156-166.
Conference Papers6
  • Funk, P. A., Hardin IV, R. G., & Terrazas, A. A. (2017). Cotton Gin Drying Systems Patterns in Fuel Energy Use. 2017 Spokane, Washington July 16 - July 19, 2017, 2017 Spokane, Washington July 16 - July 19, 2017.
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  • Funk, P. A., Hardin, R. G., & Terrazas, A. A (2016). Preliminary Fuel Use Results from Gin Audits. 2016 ASABE International Meeting, 2016 ASABE International Meeting.
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  • Hardin IV, R. G., & Funk, P. A (2012). Energy monitoring in gins - 2011. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2012, ASABE 2012. 1, 238-247.
  • Funk, P. A., & Hardin IV, R. G (2012). Monitoring agricultural processing electrical energy use and efficiency. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2012, ASABE 2012. 4, 2835-2843.
  • Hardin IV, R. G (2012). Seed cotton cleaning in mid-south gins. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2012, ASABE 2012. 1, 248-256.
Email
rghardin@tamu.edu
First Name
Robert
Last Name
Hardin
mailing address
Texas A&M University; Biological & Agricultural Engineering; 2117 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2117
USA