Steven Hall


Director, Marine Aquaculture Research Center (MARC)

Dr. Steven G. Hall, P.E., joined NC State in 2016, where he is currently Professor and Director of the Marine Aquaculture Research Center (MARC) in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. He is a licensed engineer in New York and Louisiana, and maintains adjunct faculty status with Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, LA, with appointments in the LSU College of Engineering and the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, the Aquacultural Research Station of the LSU AgCenter; as well as Au Sable Institute. He is also an associate faculty member of the NC State Department of Applied Ecology.

He has a Ph.D. from Cornell University, with foci in instrumentation and control in biological systems and sustainable agriculture, an M.S. from University of California at Davis, focusing on energy and biosystems, and a B.S. from SUNY Buffalo in mechanical engineering. He was also the first Sustainable Agriculture Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McGill University in Montreal, and has industrial experience with DLTech (energy technologies); Moog Controls and Moog Inc. (Servohydraulics); and a variety of consulting experience in coastal, aquacultural, energy and biomass areas.

He has been involved in over $2 million of funding (PI or Co-PI); has given hundreds of public presentations; has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles, proceedings and book chapters; has edited one book and one special journal issue; and has chaired over twenty MS and PhD committees, while serving on a total of over 50 graduate committees. He has received three patents (two patents currently pending); has licensed two products for commercial production and has worked with governmental, business and NGO entities. He has also been involved with a variety of international projects, and has helped define and expand technical fields including autonomous vehicles and automated systems; and coastal bioengineering.

He has received awards in teaching, research and service, including becoming a fellow of ASA (2010), receiving the Sedberry Outstanding Graduate Professor (LSU-COA, 2011), and receiving the Gamma Sigma Delta 2013 Teaching Award of Merit.  GSD LSU under his presidency (2015-16) received the outstanding chapter award (2016). He served as President of the Aquacultural Engineering Society (2009-10); on various committees of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and has spoken regularly for the NSF Speaking of Science program (K-12). His teaching and research focus on aquacultural engineering, water quality, energy efficiency in aquaculture, modeling in aquaculture, use of autonomous devices to perform relevant environmental, aquacultural and other operations, artificial intelligence, technical, social, educational and ethical issues, economics and engineering, bioengineered reefs and coastal restoration.


Ph.D. 1998

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Cornell University

M.S. 1992

Agricultural Engineering

University of California at Davis


Mechanical Engineering

SUNY Buffalo

Research Description

Aquacultural, resource and water engineering; coastal bioengineering

Honors and Awards

  • Sedberry Outstanding Graduate Professor (LSU-COA),
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award of Merit,


FARM BILL: NRI: INT: Towards the Development of a Customizable Fleet of Autonomous Co-Robots for Advancing Aquaculture Production
National Science Foundation (NSF)(11/01/20 - 10/31/25)
Sea Grant StriperHub: Commercial Striped Bass Hatchery, Fingerling Production, and Intensive Larval Rearing
NCSU Sea Grant Program(7/01/22 - 6/30/25)
Collaboration with Local Fish Processing Industry to Convert Fish Trimmings and Skins into Value Added Fish Meal and Fish Oil to Promote Sustainability
US Dept. of Commerce (DOC)(9/01/21 - 2/28/25)
NERRS Science Collaborative: A comprehensive national program for end user informed estuarine research
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)(10/01/22 - 9/30/24)
FACT: Developing Data-to-Decision Pipelines for Agroecosystem Management through High-performance Computing and Big Data Analytics
USDA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)(8/01/19 - 7/31/24)
Managing Larval Feeding for Improved Survival by Reduction of Artemia Use and Replacement with Fortified Rotifers or Artificial Feeds
USDA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)(9/01/21 - 8/31/23)
Managing Larval Feeding for Improved Survival by Reduction of Artemia Use and Replacement with Fortified Rotifers or Artificial Feeds
USDA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)(9/01/20 - 8/31/23)
Evaluation of Probiotics in Finfish Hatcheries to Improve Larval Production
USDA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)(9/01/18 - 10/31/22)
Cyanobacterial aquaculture to reduce waste, sequester carbon and add value
NCSU Sea Grant Program(8/31/21 - 8/31/22)
Collaborative Research: Geotechnical Investigation of Bivalve-Sediment Interaction with regard to Bivalve Farms as a Self-sustained Scour Mitigation Method
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/18 - 7/31/22)