Cornell on Campus

June 23, 2014 - June 27, 2014
Mount Saint Mary College Campus

Exploritas Program

Cornell University, Biological and Environmental Engineering
20th Annual Short Course, June 23-27, 2014

Engineering Design of Recirculating Aquaculture, Hydroponic, and Aquaponic Systems

Course Description:  The first three days of this course (Monday-Wednesday) reviews the basic engineering principals behind a successful recirculating aquaculture system design (RAS). The objective of this section is to provide sufficient information so that the participant will be able to design, construct, and manage their own RAS system.

On the fourth day (Thursday), the fundamentals of growing plants using current state-of-the-art hydroponic techniques will be presented along with the design and management of these systems. On Friday, Aquaponics as a combination of aquaculture (fish) and hydroponics (plants) will be covered and several design options explored. Basic principles of business management for the small family farm will also be reviewed by guest speaker Michael Finnegan, CEO Continental Organics LLC. A “distance” learning opportunity for aquaculture only is also offered (see website for details).

At the conclusion of the workshop, individuals will have the essential information necessary to design their own systems and have a fundamental knowledge of the principles influencing the numerous design options. In addition, a FARM TOUR will be made to Continental Organics Inc. (two acres of hydroponics and a 100,000 lb/year tilapia system); see for farm details (within 10 minutes of educational venue).

Location:  Mount Saint Mary College, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, NY 12550 (

Host Professor: Dr. Lynn Maelia, Professor of Chemistry, Mount Saint Mary College.


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Dr. Michael B. Timmons: Aquaculture/Business Management
Aquaculture Systems Technologies, New Orleans, LA
Dr. James M. Ebeling: Aquaculture/Aquaponics
Continental Organics LLC, New Windsor, NY
Michael Finnegan, CEO: Business Management

Limited Enrollment Tuition: $1,000 plus housing. Register by June 13, 2014. Text for Course: “Recirculating Aquaculture” by Timmons and Ebeling, included in course packet.

Unlimited Enrollment for Distance Learning Course Packet (Aquaculture only; does not cover hydro or aquaponics).

For more information:
Dr. Michael B. Timmons, 607-255-1630
Deborah Higgins, or 607-255-4876

Mount Saint Mary College residence halls:  $30 single/$45 double per night (limited/RSVP to Deborah Higgins .

Homewood Suites by Hilton at Newburgh-Stewart Airport, 180 Breunig Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553. Tel.: 845-567-2700.   Link for Homewood Suites 

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