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August 19, 2008

Hunt wins prestigious agricultural engineering award

The American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASABE) recently named Dr. Bill Hunt winner of one of its most prestigious honors, the Nolan Mitchell Young Extension Worker Award.

Hunt, a professional engineer and an assistant professor and extension specialist in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, was recognized for exemplary leadership and outstanding contributions as a researcher, educator and extension specialist.

The award, presented at the July ASABE annual international meeting in Providence, R.I., honors an individual under age 40 who has demonstrated outstanding success in motivating others to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to improve agricultural operations, according to an ASABE press release.

An 11-year ASABE member, Hunt is highly respected for his innovative urban stormwater management program, one of the largest stormwater applied research programs in the U.S.

The work he and his colleagues conduct has changed the way stormwater practices are designed and used. Working with Bill Lord, a North Carolina Cooperative Extension agent, he pioneered the first certification program worldwide for landscape industry professionals on stormwater practice inspection and maintenance.

Hunt has established effective partnerships with state agencies, local governments and the private sector, and has provided leadership in attracting more than $4 million in external support for his research programs.

His active program has helped elevate a valuable agricultural and biological engineering presence in a field previously dominated by civil engineers. He provides maintenance of stormwater management devices expertise and has specifically targeted the engineering community and the landscape industry.

Hunt co-chaired and co-organized the 2004 Southeastern Stormwater Conference, and chaired and organized the 2nd National Conference on Low Impact Development in 2007. He has conducted more than 120 workshops, training sessions and field tours within North Carolina and across 19 states.

He has authored or co-authored more than 85 peer-reviewed extension publications, media articles, electronic materials, refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, an educational video and book chapters, and delivered more than 120 presentations at conferences and meetings.

Hunt holds three N.C. State degrees: civil engineering (B.S., 1994); economics (B.S., 1995) and biological and agricultural engineering (M.S., 1997); and a 2003 doctorate in agricultural and biological engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

ASABE, founded in 1907, is a 10,000-member international professional and technical organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to biological, agricultural and food systems.

-- A. Latham

Posted by Art at August 19, 2008 09:41 AM