Jaime Thissen

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Assistant Professor of Enviornmental Studies

Office/Department: Environmental Studies

Email: jaime.thissen@bemidjistate.edu


Jaime Thissen is originally from the Lake Traverse region of Western Minnesota, where he developed a passion for sustainable development. He has previously worked for the USDA, UNEP, the Buccleuch Rangers in Scotland and collaborated with NASA on the Mars Transportation Project. Jaime was previously involved with the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Team where he assisted the Array Team in solar panel designs for three different types of solar vehicles. He also been extensively involved with numerous honor societies and professional organizations, including Tau Beta Pi.

Jaime research interests include expanding the horizons of environmental sustainability, including integrated occupational health and safety and project management. Jaime has developed identified and developed safety protocols for grain handling facilities, wineries, breweries and greenhouses. He has also taught environmental, agricultural and project management courses for eight years at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


BS, Environmental Science and Management, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

MS, Technical Systems Management, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

PhD Candidate, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Introduction to Environmental Science ENVR 2000

Introduction to Soils GEOL 3120/5120

Environmental Controversies ENVR 3380

Research Interests

Like being outside and making the great state of Minnesota a better place?  Do you want a competitive edge for a grad school application or the job market? Then join the following project: The Development of Sustainability Metrics for Selected State Parks in Western and Northern Minnesota! Here, we will investigate different sustainability parameters in and around these lush natural areas for environmental, recreational and managerial improvement. E-mail jaime.thissen@bemidjistate.edu if interested with UG-State Park in the subject line.

This is a fairly common set-up for a smaller greenhouse. Can you identify the strengths and weaknesses of this greenhouse room? Does the operation look sustainable?

Recent Work

Thissen, Jaime and Davidson, Dr. Paul C. “Sustainability Indicators for Selected Greenhouse Production Facilities
in North America”. Journal of Agromedicine, Approved for Publication December 2020.
Thissen, Jaime and Davidson, Dr. Paul C. “Safety Considerations for Controlled Environment Agriculture in the Era
of COVID-19”. Journal of Agromedicine, Under Review.
Thissen, Jaime. “An Analysis of the Effects of Grey Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) on Sustainable Forestry
Practices at Buccleuch Estates.” Proceedings of the Eighteenth National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
Digital CD-ROM. 2004.
Thissen, Jaime. “The Consensus for the Breadth and Depth of Environmental Indicators, as well as the Contexts and
Techniques for Their Measurements, are Seen to Vary Widely for State of the Environment Reporting in North
America.” Proceedings of the Nineteenth National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Digital CD-ROM. 2005.

Other Information

Additional Certifications:

  • Energy Systems and Sustainability Certification, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • The COSHH Risk Assessor Certification
  • Occupational Safety and Health Disaster Response Symposium, University of Cincinnati
  • Ag SHARP Health and Safety Certification
  • Iowa Agricultural Medicine Certification, University of Iowa
  • OSHA 30 Hour Course Construction Safety and Health

Professional Affiliations:

Chair Emeritus, Renewable Power Generation Committee, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Chair Emeritus, Extension Committee, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Co-chair, Research and Development Committee, International Society for Agricultural Health and Safety.

Member, American Chemical Society

Member, Institute of Physics

Member, Institution of Engineering and Technology

Fellow, the Linnean Society of London