F. John Hay

F. John Hay

Contact Information:

East Campus (Lincoln)
250 L.W. Chase Hall
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Extension Educator, Biological Systems Engineering

Academic Degrees

  • M.S., Agronomy, Texas A&M University, 2003
  • B.S., Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2001


  • 70% Extension
  • 30% Teaching

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Unintended consequences of the biofuels industry
  • Ethanol co-product utilization
  • Bioenergy crops
  • Changes in farming practices due to the biofuels industry
  • Small wind turbines and small solar systems for home, farm, or business
  • Extension Education

Courses Taught

  • Energy Sciences 220: Introduction to Energy Systems

About F. John Hay

F. John Hay is an Extension Educator for Biological Systems Engineering, specializing in renewable energy and biofuels. Hay focuses on feasibility of renewable energy systems for residential and businesses including detailed economic analysis. Energy literacy including fuel literacy related to biofuels and farm sustainability are also an important educational area of focus areas. Hay installed a Solar PV array at his home in 2017 and has held multiple hands-on workshops to teach others about solar design, installation, and economic calculations for solar PV systems.

Honors and Awards

  • Service to the Industry Award, Nebraska Aviation Trades Association 2014
  • Achievement Award for early career excellence National Association of County Agricultural Agents 2010

Selected Publications

  1. Hay, F. (2019). Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Bioenergy. In Bioenergy, Biomass to Biofuels 2nd Edition. Anju Dahiya, (pp.). San Diego, CA: Elsevier. 
  2. Hay, F., Ianno, N. J, (2019). Chapter 4: The Development of Solar Energy Generation Technologies and Global Production Capabilities. In Biomass to Biofuels Strategies for Global Industries 2nd Edition. Wiley.
  3. Hay, F. Romich, E. (2019) Solar Electric Investment Analysis. North Central Region SARE. 
  4. Meyer, G.E., Mabie, D.A., Hay, F.J., Adams, S.A., Bartels, T.L., Fitzgerald, J.B. (2009). Improved Instrumentation and Controls for Biomass Heating and Impact on Greenhouse Profitability. ASABE Conference Paper.
  5. Hay, F.J., Vietor, D.M., Munster, C.L., White, R.H., Provin, T.L. (2007). Leaching losses of NO3-N and dissolved P from manure and fertilizer during turfgrass establishment. Plant Soil, 296:1-17.