2016 Awards & Honors
Dr. Ron Sneed
Dr. Gary Roberson
Dr. Wayne Yuan
Dr. Garry Grabow
Dr. Ken Swartzel
Dr. Grant Ellington
Dr. John Classen
See: the full list of awards since 2003. All Faculty Awards
Emeritus Ron Sneed earns Irrigation Foundation 2016 award
The Irrigation Foundation has announced that Ronald E. Sneed, PhD, PE, CAIS, CIC, CID, CLIA, is the winner of the Foundation’s 2016 Excellence in Education award.
The Irrigation Foundation Excellence in Education Award recognizes a person who is actively teaching or has retired from teaching irrigation, water management and/or water conservation in affiliation with a two- or four-year institution. This person helps supply the irrigation industry with educated professionals who provide efficient irrigation solutions that protect water and the environment. Sneed was recognized during the general session at the 2016 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Dec. 5 – 9, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sneed, professor emeritus at North Carolina State University, has been involved in the irrigation industry for 56 years, 32 of which he spent in the department of biological and agricultural engineering, where he was first employed in October 1960 as an extension irrigation specialist.
In 1981, Sneed was honored by the Irrigation Association with the Man of the Year Award. About that same time, he was appointed to the initial IA Certification Board, where he served for over 20 years. He was one of the early instructors for the IA, and, along with several other individuals, developed the course Principles of Irrigation. The manual for this course is now in its third edition.
He has been an instructor for IA courses across the eastern United States and internationally. He is one of the authors of “Irrigation, Fifth Edition” and co-author of four chapters in “Irrigation, Sixth Edition.” He has written several modules for the IA education program. He serves on the IA Education Committee, has been a long-term member of the IA Technical Conference Program Committee and for many years served on the IA Standards Committee.
He is an active member of the Irrigation Association and served six years on the board of the Irrigation Foundation. Sneed also chaired the North Carolina Irrigation Contractors Licensing Board.
He helped start the North Carolina Irrigation Society Inc. and in 1992, the society established the Ronald E. Sneed North Carolina Irrigation Society Inc. Scholarship Endowment, which provides an annual scholarship to a BAE student. He also helped form what is now the Carolinas Irrigation Association. In January 2011, that group established the Dr. Ronald Sneed Excellence in Irrigation Award, which is awarded to someone in the Carolinas for their dedication to irrigation. The first award was given to Sneed.
In 2009, Sneed was honored with the ASABE Heermann Sprinkler Irrigation Award, which recognizes contributions to the improvement of efficient and effective sprinkler irrigation.
A number of Sneed’s former students have found employment in the irrigation, water management and water conservation fields. Others are employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and by state and federal environmental agencies. Sneed said that teaching both college students and adults has been his life.
Through the annual Irrigation Association and Irrigation Foundation awards program, the industry recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the irrigation industry. These peer nominations are reviewed by the IA Awards and Honors Committee, then finalists are submitted to the full Board of Directors for approval.
This year’s award is sponsored by Ewing Irrigation Products, Inc. To learn more about the ward, nominate an educator or see a full list of previous winners, visit the Foundation's website.
About the Irrigation Foundation
The Irrigation Foundation strives for a future where the irrigation industry is thriving with an ample supply of educated, highly skilled professionals who employ technology and best practices to provide efficient irrigation solutions that protect water resources and the environment. For more information, visit www.irrigationfoundation.org.
Dr. Gary Roberson honored with a CALS Outstanding Teaching Award
Dr. Gary Roberson, P.E. has been serving our students well and for several decades. This year he was honored by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences with the a 2016/2017 Outstanding Teaching Award. This is not the first time he has received an outstanding teaching award. He has quite a few. Roberson received the 2009 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Fellow Award, the 2005 Faculty Award for Outstanding Service in support of Teaching and Learning at NC State, a 1993 Blue Ribbon Award for Educational Aids Competition from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and another Outstanding Teacher Award in 1990 from the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at North Carolina State University. He has also been the recipient of in-house awards given by the students who choose their outstanding teacher of the year before graduation. Roberson teaches a number of Agricultural Engineering courses: Light Equipment Technology, Shop and Construction Practices, Shop Operations and Management, Agricultural and Environmental Safety and Health, and Precision Agriculture Technology. His precision agriculture work with GPS/GIS and automated machinery makes him a bit of a technology guru and now agricultural drones are on the scene. Teaching students to work with emerging technologies is what Dr. Roberson is good at but he has also been very successful applying new teaching technologies in the classroom. However, his best attribute is the easy way he connects individually with students who are interested in new technologies and love machinery. He is well deserving of this honor.
Dr. Garry Grabow receives award at CIA Water Palooza
Dr. Garry Grabow P.E., NC State University Interim Department Head of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, was the recipient of the Dr. Ronald Sneed Friend of the Irrigation Industry Award. This award is named after Ronald Sneed, NC State Emeritus Professor. The award was presented at the Carolinas Irrigation Association (CIA)Water Palooza held Oct 27th, 2016, at the NC State JC Arboretum.
Dr Yuan receives 2016 ASABE Rain Bird Engineering Concept of the Year Award
Dr. Wayne Yuan and co-workers (Drs. Duo Wang, Donghai Wang, Ajay Kumar) received the 2016 ASABE Rain Bird Engineering Concept of the Year Award. This prestigious award from American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The award was presented at the the ASABE Annual International Meeting Awards Luncheon in Orlando, FL. July 19th 2016.
The award honors and recognizes an engineer or engineering team for a unique contribution to developing or advancing a new engineering concept. A "concept" is defined as "a thought or opinion that has been clearly defined and has resulted in either some form of hardware, standard of practice, trend in design, educational practice, or has otherwise manifested itself in some practical usable scheme or plan related to agricultural engineering or the industries it serves." It may represent an entirely new invention or concept or it may represent a major reevaluation or an important innovation of a known concept. Here is a copy of an ASABE paper on the subject.
Herbert N. Stapleton, who in 1974 was the first of the Engineering Concept of the Year Award, funded the award from 1985 to 1993. The award is now endowed by Rain Bird International.
Dr. Ken Swartzel, elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
Dr. Ken Swartzel was elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) October 9, 2016 in Washington D.C. Dr Swartzel is a Bio & Ag associate faculty member and the department's 2014 Bio & Ag Outstanding Alumnus. Swartzel was elected to honor his advances in thermal processes of food preservation.
Dr. Ken Swartzel, joins Dr. Wayne Skaggs as a member of this prestigious institution. This year 80 new U.S.members and 22 foreign members will be inducted into the Academy. Total world-wide membership in this academy is 2,275 U.S. members and 232 foreign members. See NC State News for the full story
More from the NAE website:
"Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing / implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." https://www.nae.edu/Projects/MediaRoom/20095/149240/149788.aspx
Dr. Grant Ellington Receives 2016 Outstanding BAE Professor Award"
Dr. Grant Ellington, P.E. received the 2015-2016 Outstanding BAE Professor Award. This award is given by Bio & Ag students in recognition of the special effort of a professor in the department.
Students thanked Dr. Ellington for all the time and effort he puts in to assisting students with classwork and Pack Puller club activities. The award was presented at the 2016 Bio & Ag spring banquet.
Lingjuan Wang-Li named a 2016-17 University Faculty Scholar
Lingjuan Wang Li, Associate Professor, was named one of the 2015-2016 University Faculty Scholars. This is the fourth group of university scholars to be named. These scholars are considered high-performing faculty members recognized for their significant achievements in scholarship, teaching and service. Dr. Ling works in the area of agricultural air quality.
The honor is accompanied by an annual cash supplement for the next 5 years to support her program.
Dr. John Classen Receives the 2016 College of Engineering "Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Citation"
This citation is awarded by the College of Engineering each year. Dr. John Classen became the director graduate programs for the department in 2014.
He has been very well received by the graduate students and has implemented some ideas to make the graduate student experiences memorable and productive.
|Awards & Honors - 2016 - present||Recipient|
|2016 National Achademy of Eningeering||Dr. Ken Swartzel P.E.|
|Irrigation Foundation 2016 award||Dr. Ron Sneed P.E.|
|2016 CALS Outstanding Teaching Award||Dr. Gary Roberson P.E.|
|2016 Carolinas Irrigation Association (CIA) Ron Sneed Award||Dr. Garry Grabow P.E.|
|2016 ASABE Rain Bird Engineering Concept of the Year Award||Dr. Wayne Yuan|
|2015-17 University Faculty Scholar||Dr. Lingjuan Wang-Li|
|2016 College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Citation||Dr. John Classen|
|2015-16 Outstanding BAE Professor Award||Dr. Grant Ellington, P.E.|
|Awards & Honors - 2015||Recipient|
|2015-16 University Faculty Scholar||Dr. Lingjuan Wang-Li|
|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.|