Paul Thompson

Position title: Emeritus Senior Scientist


125 Agricultural Engineering Building
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Paul Thompson Headshot

Program Affiliations

  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering- Lecturer
  • Bou-Matic LLC – Vice President, Strategic Development

Education and Certificates

  • B.E.E. 1962 – Electrical Engineering, Cornell University
  • Ph. D. 1970 – Biomedical Electronics Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Fields of Interest

  • Milking, Milk Handling, Milk Cooling
  • Biological Sensors
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Alternative Energy Sources
  • Business Management


  •  BME 201 Biomedical Engineering Design


  • L. Pellerin, Alumbaugh, D.L., Reinemann, D.J., and Thompson, P.D. Power Line Induced Current in the Earth Determined by Magnetotelluric Techniques. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 20:703-706. 2004.
  • Thompson, P., Pulvermacher, R., and Timms, L. Pedometer use for estrus detection. Animal Behavior and the Design of Livestock and Poultry Systems, pp. 230-243. 1995. (Conf. Proceedings, Invited)
  • Thompson, P. D., and Williams, D.M. Visualization of events within and near the teat during machine milking. Proc. Conference on Dairy Production from pasture, Hamilton, NZ. pp. 75-76. 1982. (Conf. Proceedings)
  • Thompson, P.D. and Pearson, R.E. Likelihood of droplet impacts on teat ends during induced milking vacuum fluctuations. Jour. Dairy Sci. 62:1314-1321. 1979
  • Thompson, P.D., Hayden, M.B., and Carson, D.E. Solar heating: experience in the milking parlor. ASAE Paper No. 79-3536. Amer. Soc. Agr. Eng., St. Joseph MI 49085. 1979. (Conf. Proceedings)
  • Thompson, P.D., Schultze, W.D., Sauls, J.N., and Arapis, S.C. Mastitis infection from abrupt loss of milking vacuum. Jour. Dairy Sci. 61:344-351. 1978
  • Thompson, P.D. and Sears, P.M. Fiber optic catheter for visualization of proximal opening of bovine streak canal. Proceedings: Assn. Adv. of Med. Instrumentation. 12th Annual Meeting. p. 49. 1977. (Conf. Proceedings)
  • Thompson, P.D. Effects of physical characteristics of milking machine on teats and udders. Jour. Amer Vet. Med. Assn. 170:1150-1154. 1977.
  • Thompson, P.D. and Campbell, L.E. Monitoring the flow of milk within machine-milked teats by observing doppler shift of back-scattered ultrasound. Transactions of the Amer. Soc. of Agr. Eng. 17:496-499, 504. 1974
  • Mennel, R.G., Joyner, C.R., Thompson, P.D., Pyle, R.R., and MacVaugh, H. The preoperative and operative assessment of aortic regurgitation. Amer. Jour. Cardiology. 29:360-366. 1972