2015 Awards & Honors
Dr. Wenqiao (Wayne) Yuan
Dr. William Hunt
Dr. Andrew Hale
See: the full list of awards since 2003. All Faculty Awards
Dr. Wenqiao (Wayne) Yuan receives ASABE Best Paper Award for 2015
Dr. Wenqiao (Wayne) Yuan is the recipient of the 2015 Best Paper Award presented at the Annual International Meeting of the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The paper is titled A char supported nano-NiO catalyst for biomass syngas cleanup and conditioning.
Syngas, is a fuel mixture of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Syngas can be produced from many sources. Dr. Yuan research involved biomass gasification and exploring reduction of impurities such as tars from syngas mixtures. Impurities have been a significant impediment to the use of syngas in commercial applications.
A newly developed nano-NiO on char catalyst was evaluated for syngas cleanup and conditioning in an updraft biomass gasifier. The nano-Ni/char catalyst was prepared by mechanically mixing nano-sized NiO powder with char
particles. Its performance in terms of tar removal and syngas composition enhancement was compared with Ni/char and
Ni/γ-Al2O3 catalysts under various reforming conditions. The nano-Ni/char catalyst removed more than 99% of tars in the
syngas, exhibiting similar or better catalytic performance than Ni/γ-Al2O3 at the same conditions, especially at relatively
low temperatures, smaller NiO loadings, or shorter residence times. Its performance was also better than Ni/char catalyst
in all cases. Meanwhile, the nano-Ni/char catalyst also enhanced H2 and CO concentrations in syngas, up to 36.73 vol% and 29.52 vol%, respectively. Furthermore, the nano-Ni/char catalyst did not deteriorate during the 8 h continuous durability test.
Paper information: Wang, D., *W. Yuan, D. Wang, and A. Kumar. 2014. A char supported nano-NiO catalyst for biomass syngas cleanup and conditioning. Transactions of the ASABE, 57(1): 93-101.
Dr. William Hunt Appointed a 2015 William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor
About the Appointment
Since the first class of recipients in 1951, the appointment as a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor has been recognized as the highest honor open to faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
William Neal Reynolds established the endowment creating the distinguished professorships in 1950 through the contribution of 10,000 shares of class B stock in the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. The Reynold's gift is one of the greatest single programs to come to the college. The endowment enables the college to retain and attract prominent scientists. The endowment is designed to strengthen teaching, research and extension programs in the various fields of agriculture and to lift rural living standards in North Carolina.
The William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professorships are intended to recognize tenure-track faculty who are “great scholars, great teachers, great scientists and great interpreters,” having distinguished themselves in any area of research, teaching and/or extension in agriculture and/or the life sciences.
Hunt joins Dr. Wayne Skaggs who received this distinction in 1984. Hunts appointment will begin June 1, 2015.
Dr. Andrew Hale Receives the 2015 College of Engineering "George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award"
Dr. Andrew Hale has been the undergraduate coordinator in the department since January 2004. He has advised over 600 students to date navigating them through the engineering program to assure their timely graduation. This is the second time that Dr. Hale has received this award. He also received it in 2009. The department's enrollment of undergraduates has steadily grown through these years and good advising plays a role in this growth. Dr. Hale also finds time to teach three courses the Introduction to Biological Engineering, Properties of Biological Engineering materials and Instrumentation for Biological Systems.
About the Award
"George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award" is given by the College of Engineering and honors engineering faculty members who consistently and willingly give their time and effort to advising, counseling and mentoring students and assisting student groups. The award is also a continuing memorial to George Blessis, a faculty member whose interest in undergraduate education and advising serves as an example for others to follow.
Dr. Rodney Huffman Received the Outstanding BAE Professor Award"
Dr. Rod Huffman, P.E. received the 2014-2015 Outstanding BAE Professor Award. This award is given by Bio & Ag students in recognition of the special effort of a professor in the department. This is the second time Dr. Huffman has received this award from students. Dr. Huffman was recognized for his commitment to teaching students. Dr. Huffman also has the distinction of teaching more courses in the department than any other professor. He has been teaching t since 1989 and bringing a wealth of knowledge to future engineers. The award was presented at the 2014 Bio & Ag spring banquet.
|Awards & Honors - 2015 - present||Recipient|
|2015 William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor||Dr. William Hunt, P.E.|
|2015 College of Engineering George H. Blessis Award for Undergraduate Advising||Dr. Andy Hale|
|2015 ASABE Superior Paper Award||Dr. Wayne Yuan|
|2014-15 Outstanding BAE Professor Award||Dr. Rod Huffman, P.E.|
|Awards & Honors - 2014||Recipient|
|2014 NC Soil and Water Conservation Society, Professional Achievement Water Quality||Dr. Michael Burchell|
|2012 International Drainage Hall of Fame ( awarded in 2014)||Dr. Robert O. Evans, P.E.|
|2014 ASABE Larry W. Turner Young Extension Professional Award||Dr. Matthew Veal|
|2013-14 Outstanding BAE Professor Award||Dr. Gary Roberson, P.E.|
|2014 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Walter B. Jones Memorial Award||Dr. Barbara Doll, P.E.|
|Awards & Honors - 2013||Recipient|
|2013 NC Irrigation Award||Dr. Garry Grabow P. E.|
|2013 Royce J. Tipton Award - American Society of Civil Eningeers||Dr. Robert Evans, P. E.|
|2013 Tobacco Growers Association Extension Service Award||Dr. Grant Ellington, P. E.|
|2013 University Faculty Award||Dr. William Hunt, P. E.|
|2013-2015 USDA_NRCS Agricultural Air Quality Task Force 2013-2015||Dr. Lingjuan Wang Li|
|2013 The President' Volunteer Service Award||Dr. Sanjay Shah|
|2012 -13 Outstanding BAE Professor Award||Dr. Larry Stikeleather, P. E.|
|Awards & Honors - 2012||Recipient|
|2012 ASABE New Holland Young Researcher Award||Dr. Wayne Yuan|
|2012 Soil and Water Conservation Society -Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter Award||Dr. Greg Jennings, P. E.|
|2011- 12 Outstanding BAE Professor Award||Dr. Michael Boyette P. E.|
|Awards & Honors - 2011||Recipient|
|2011 NC State Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award||Dr. Larry Stikeleather, P. E.|
|2011 NC State Innovator of the Year||
Dr Kenneth R. Swartzel, P. E. Associate Faculty
|2011 Resource Development Awards||Dr. Wayne Skaggs, P. E.|
|2011 ASABE A. W Farrall Young Educator Award||Dr. Mari Chinn|
|2010- 11 Outstanding BAE Professor Award||Dr. Rodney Huffman, P. E.|
|2011 NC State Grange Search for Excellence Award from NC Extension||Dr. Gary Grabow, P. E.|
|2011 Outstanding Leadership Award Southern Region Water Program||Dr. Greg Jennings, P. E.|
|2011 Environmental Education Achievement Award from the International Erosion Control Association (IECA)||Dr. Greg Jennings, P. E.|
|Awards & Honors - 2010||Recipient|
|2010 Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award from the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association||Dr. Jean Spooner|
|ASABE, PEI Professional Engineer of the Year Award||Dr. Rodney L. Huffman, P. E.|
|International of Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR), Merit Award||Dr. Lingjuan Wang|
|Lifetime Achievement Award, American Peanut Council,||Dr. Tom Whitaker|
Dr. Robert Sowell
|Awards & Honors - 2009||Recipient|
|Charles A. Black Communications Award presented by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)||Dr. Wayne Skaggs, P. E.|
ASABE, Massey-Ferguson Educational Gold Medal Award
|Dr. Wayne Skaggs, P. E.|
|ASABE, Fellow||Dr. Larry F. Stikeleather, P. E.|
|ASABE, Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award||Dr. Robert O. Evans, P. E.|
|ASABE, Irrigation Engineering Award||Dr. Ronald E. Sneed, P. E.
|North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Fellow Award||Dr. Gary Roberson, P. E.|
|CALS Resource Development Award||Dr. Thomas Losordo|
|College of Engineering George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award||Dr. Andy Hale|
|Special Specialist Award presented by the North Carolina Associate Cooperative Extension Specialists||Dr. Sanjay Shah|
|Awards & Honors - 2008||Recipient|
|American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Young Extension Award||Dr. William F. Hunt, P. E.|
|2008 NCSU BAE Outstanding Alumnus||Dr. Tom Whitaker|
|USDA Superior Service Group Award||Dr. Tom Whitaker|
|Campus EarthWise Award||Rhonda Sherman,
|Keynote Speaker, International Water Congress, Seville, Spain,
"Advances in Waste Management in the U.S.
|Dr. Robert Rubin
|Serving on the Executive Committee of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET||Dr. David Beasley, P. E.|
|Awards & Honors 2007||Recipient|
|ASABE Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award
||Dr. Greg Jennings, P. E.|
|ASABE Fellow||Dr. Phil Westerman, P. E.|
|ASABE Fellow (Professor emeritus, Forestry, Biological and Agricultural Engineering)||Dr. Awatif Hassan|
|Outstanding Extension Service Award, North Carolina Tobacco Grower's Association||Dr. Michael Boyette, P. E.|
|Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural Engineers||Dr. John Classen|
|Inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension (AOFEE)
||Dr. William F. Hunt, P. E.|
|Governor's Award for Water Conservationist of the Year, NC Wildlife Foundation||Dr. William F. Hunt, P. E.|
|NC State Alumni Outstanding Extension and Outreach Award||Dr. William F. Hunt, P. E.|
|Merit Award, USDA/ARS||Dr. Tom Whitaker|
|Who's Who in Engineering Academia||Dr. Albert Jarett, P. E.
|Keynote Speaker, International Symposium on Greenhouse Cooling: Methods, Technologies and Plant Response, Almeria, Spain||Dr. Daniel Willits|
|Awards & Honors 2006||Recipient|
|ASAE Fellow-2006 Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE)||Dr. David Beasley, P. E.|
|FPSA Foundation FPEI Food Engineering Award at ASABE Annual Meeting||Dr. Brian Farkas|
|CALS Pride of the Wolfpack Recognition||Dr. David Beasley, P. E.|
|Merit Award, USDA/ARS||Dr. Tom Whitaker|
|CALS Pride of the Wolfpack Recognition||Dr. Garry Grabow, P. E.|
|Awards & Honors 2005||Recipient|
|President's Citation from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers||Dr. David Beasley, P. E.|
|ASAE Fellow-2005 Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE)||Dr. Robert O. Evans, P. E.|
|2005 ASAE Massey-Ferguson Educational Award||Dr. James Young, P. E.|
|ASAE 2005 Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award||Dr. Philip Westerman, P. E.|
|Gertrude Cox Lifetime Achievement Award||Dr. Roger Rohrbach|
|Inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural Engineering||Dr. David Beasley, P. E.|
|Coyt T. Wilson Distinguished Service Award, American Peanut Research and Education Society||Dr. Tom Whitaker|
|Merit Award, USDA/ARS||Dr. Tom Whitaker|
|University Teaching Award 2005||Dr. Gary Roberson, P. E.|
|Awards & Honors 2004-03||Recipient|
|Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers||Dr. David Beasley, P. E.|
|NC State Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor 2003||Dr. Crowell Bowers, P. E.|
|Honorary State FFA Degree||Dr. Crowell Bowers, P. E.|
|Outstanding Extension Specialist for NCSU and NCA&T for support of county programs from the NCSU Association of Extension Specialists||Dr. William F. Hunt, P. E.|
|2003 NC State/Nancy G. Pollock Dissertation Award||Dr. Michael Burchell|
|Harvey W. Wiley Award, Association of Official Analytical Chemists||Dr. Tom Whitaker|
|NE Regional Directors "Honor Award" 2003||Dr. Roger Rohrbach, P. E.|