Thomas G. Franti

Associate Professor of Biological Systems Engineering, Surface Water Management Engineer 

Office: 242 L. W. Chase Hall
Phone: (402) 472-9872


Ph. D. Agricultural Engineering, Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana
M.S. Agricultural Engineering, Iowa State University - Ames
B. S. Agricultural Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Registered Professional Engineer, Wisconsin


Research 25%
Extension 75%

Research Interests
  • Surface Water Quality
  • Urban Stormwater BMPs
  • Ecological Engineering
Extension Education Focus
  • BMPs for Surface Water Quality
  • Rain Gardens, Bioretention
  • Extension Education
  • Recent Extension Publications
Teaching Interests
  • Ecological Engineering
  • River Restoration Engineering

Selected publications

Professional Recognition
  • Recipient of 2008 ASAE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award – Innovative Extension Methods or Impact Assessment Category – Report on Impact Assessment of the Extension Program "Promoting Conservation Buffers in the Blue River Basin, 1996-2006.
  • Recipient of two ASAE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards - Factsheet Category – Fox, Franti, Josiah & Kucera. Planning Your Riparian Buffer: Design and Plant Selection. G05-1557 and Fox, Franti, Josiah & Kucera. Installing Your Riparian Buffer: Planting Trees and Grass, Post-Planting Care and Maintenance. G05-1558. 2005
  • Recipiant of an ASAE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award - Circulars Category - Guide to Buffers in the Blue River Basin. Extension Circular, EC-02-725, Nebraska Cooperative Extension. 2003
  • Recipiant of a Silver Award (Long Publication Category) from Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) for: Guide to Buffers in the Blue River Basin. EC-02-725. 2003
  • Selected by Transactions of the ASAE for special recognition for contributions as a technical reviewer for the Soil and Water Division, 2001.
  • Recipient of 1999 ASAE Nolan Mitchell Young Extension Worker Award.
  • Recipient of 1998 Recognition of Junior Faculty for Excellence in Research Award, presented by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Division, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Recipient of two national 1998 ASAE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards for a factsheet and a newsletter.
  • Selected to Outstanding Young Men of America, 31st Edition. Outstanding Young Americans, McLean, Virginia, 1998.
  • Co-recipient of 1997 Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Initiative Team Award for team project entitled: Enhancing Surface Water Quality in the Big and Little Blue River Basins (Team co-leader).
  • Recipient of two national 1997 ASAE Superior Paper Awards.
  • Recipient of three national 1997 ASAE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards