Guest Speaker

Charles E. Sukup, P.E.,  Chairman & Treasurer, Sukup Manufactoring Co. and Presenting Professor, Iowa State University


Charles served as President and CEO of Sukup Manufacturing Co. for 25 years, and transitioned to Chairman in 2020. Founded in 1963, Sukup Manufacturing Co. of Sheffield, Iowa, is the largest family  owned and operated grain drying and storage manufacturing company in the world. 


Charles holds a bachelor’s (1976) and master’s degree (1982), both in Agricultural Engineering, from Iowa State University. He is a licensed professional engineer and is active in numerous national and state industry, agriculture, and engineering organizations. He served as Chair of the Iowa Association of Business & Industry (ABI) and President of the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE). Of his many awards and recognitions, the most recent is his election as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  He also serves as Professor of Practice at Iowa State University.  He is the only person to have received both the Anson Marston Medal and the George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award from Iowa State.  


Charles and his wife Mary (ISU Home Economics Education 1975) have three children; Elizabeth (ISU 2008), Jonathan (ISU 2015), and Andrew (U of Iowa REACH 2012), who is a Sukup Manufacturing Co. employee. Charles and Mary live on the home farm near Dougherty, Iowa.