Spring 2006 NCSU Bio and Ag Alumni and Friends Newsletter

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A Newsletter about department events and Hydrology research from the NCSU, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Spring 2006.

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  • BAE Alumni & Friends 1

    Spring 2006

    In This Issue

    Hydrology Study inSouth America .................. 1Faculty News .................... 2Department HeadsComments ........................ 3Researchers in Uruguay ... 4Dr. Parsons an UnexpectedPassing ............................. 5Professor Fore lived to91 years of age ................. 5Alumni Updates ................ 6Outstanding AlumnusAward ............................... 7Fall Graduation Listing ... 8ASAE Approaching itsAnniversary ...................... 8

    Visit BAE on the web at:www.bae.ncsu.eduFax comments & questions to:BAE News 919-515-6772

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    Hydrology Study in South America...In the fall of 1999 a long-term collaborative research and demonstration

    project began in Uruguay, S.A. It was sponsored by funds from theWeyerhaeuser Foundation and the INIA. The project was planned and leadby the NCSU Team of Dr. R. Wayne Skaggs, Dr. George (Chip) Chescheir,Dr. J. Wendell Gilliam of Soil Science, and Dr. D. M. Amatya from the U.S.Forest Service. Other cooperators in the project were Colonvade S.A.,INIA scientists, and researchers from the Universidad de la Republica.

    The project was initiated after Dr. Skaggs wasinvited by Weyerhaeuser Company and Colonvade,S.A. to travel to Uruguay to assess methods for deter-mining the hydrologic effects of growing trees in North-ern Uruguay. The visit led to a proposal by Skaggs to theWeyerhaeuser Company Foundation and to INIA (Uru-guay government agency similar to our USDA) for fundingto support a research project, Effects of Afforestation on theHydrologic Behavior of a Basin of the Tacuarembo River.The Tacuarembo River is located in Northern Uruguay,about 31o S. Latitude. A second proposal for continuedsupport was approved by the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation in 2003.

    Uruguay is about the size of Washington state and sits at the lower tip ofBrazil next to Argentina. Most of Uruguays landscape is gently undulatinggrass/pasture lands with approximately 78% consisting of pasture for livestock,15% for crops and 3.3% remains native forest. Some of the pastures have been

    degraded by bad agriculturalpractices, generally the over-grazing of cattle and sheep.Land use is dominated byranching and farming, andemploys most Uruguayans.

    The deeply defined roots,history and cultural traditions ofUruguays people is reflectiveof the fact that Uruguay is anagriculture-based economywith its agriculture exportsgenerating most of its income.

    ASAE is Approaching its 100 yr. Anniversary

    A view of one of the projects paired watersheds. TheH-Flume with instrumentation records flow rates andsamples for water quality.

    In 2007 ASAE will be 100 years old.Learn what is being done to start

    the celebration. See: page 8.

    100 Yearsof Progress

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    Department Head James YoungWriter/Graphics Carolyn MitkowskiAdvisor Mike Boyette

    BAE Alumni & Friends is a semiannualpublication of the Biological andAgricultural Engineering Department,North Carolina State University, Box7625, Raleigh, NC 27695-7625.

    If you would like to contribute to the nextissue of BAE Alumni&Friends, please sendyour contributions to Dr. Young at addressabove or email: Jim_Young@ncsu.edu orCarolyn_Mitkowski@ncsu.edu.

    Faculty NewsDr. Gary Roberson was recog-

    nized by the Faculty Center forTeaching and Learning as the 2005Faculty Award Winner for Outstand-ing Service in Support of Teachingand Learning. Roberson received aplaque and monetary award.

    Robersons technological innova-tions in the classroom and hisgeneral support of the BAE teachingprograms are greatly appreciated.BAE has renovated and updatedmany BAE classrooms. The roomsare currently fitted with various typesof multi-media technologies andother general classrom upgrades.

    Faculty Members Receive Honors andAwards at the 2005 American Societyof Agricultural Engineers

    Dr. Robert Evans, P.E.,becamean ASAE Fellow-2005 Society ofAgricultural Engineers (ASAE).Evans was accepted into an elitegroup of outstanding engineerswithin the Society of AgriculturalEngineers.

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    Its largest exports are rice, leather products,wool, fish, dairy and beef. Beef exportsprovide half the total export revenue ofUruguay. Forestry exports are nominalwhen compared to beef, therefore in thecitizens eye, the forestry industry hastenderfoot status.

    Uruguays forestry industry began withthe Forestry Act of 1988. Because of severaldecades of tremulous social/economicconditions, Uruguay heavily borrowedfrom the World Bank. In the mid-1980s, debt reduction and free-market reformwere sought. The government believed providing tax shelters and incentives togrow an existing fledgling forestry industry would help with improving theireconomy.

    The government actively began promoting national assets which included itspeople (98 % literacy rate), the quantity and expanse of pasture/grazing land, itsrich soils with the potential for high yields and rapid tree growth where sometree species grow 2 to 3 times faster than normal. Investors noticed this potentialand it spurred land purchases by local entities, South American and foreigncompanies. Since then, forestry owners have converted some of their landholdings to fast growing eucalyptus and pine plantations. These trees grow easilyand provide soft and hardwood for export.

    Due to noticeable increases in land conversions to plantations, the forestyindustry has become more visible to local ranchers and farmers. This is spurringquestions and public concern as to how plantations will affect water use andwater quality, since the public and industries are to share mutual resources overthe long-term.

    The NCSU Hydrology study was planned to determine the real hydrologicimpacts of changing land use from a grassland (pasture) area to pine plantation.Studies of this type have been done before with many outcomes already known.However, no research study has addressed effects of such land use changes underUruguays climate and soils conditions.

    The World Bank Forestry Policy requires all commercial harvesting of anyforest (including plantations) to seek sustainability management certification.The requirement promotes compliance to established environmental standardsand protects other standards also. All Colonvade S.A. and Weyerhaeuser treeplantations are certified and managed to ISO 14001 sustainable standards.

    Today, the market is seeing green purchasing become more commonplace atall levels of purchasing by consumers, suppliers, and manufacturers. Europeans,by far, are the most demanding of sustainable products, as their options for wastedisposal become more limited. Governments are also adding compliancesthrough legislation and policies like the Polluter Pays Principle which enhanceand support country specific sustainability goals and efforts.

    The web portal EarthTrends.com notes: Progressive businesses are embrac-ing eco-efficiency and product stewardship to distinguish themselves from theircompetitors and to recognize cost savings.

    View of the weather station installedbetween the two watersheds.

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    Department Heads Comments

    James H. Young

    Dr. James Young, P. E., and anASAE Fellow, is the recipient ofthe 2005 Massey-Ferguson Educa-tional Award in recognition of hisoutstanding dedication and contri-butions to research, teaching,advising, mentoring, and leader-ship in academic programming.

    Dr. Philip Westerman is therecipient of the 2005 The Gun-logson Countryside EngineeringAward for his outstanding contribu-tions to the agricultural communitythrough the development of live-stock waste management andtreatment systems. His work hasresulted in improved managementand utilization of animal manure andthe reduction of negative environ-mental impacts both in NorthCarolina and nationally.

    Dr. David Beasley, P.E.,waspresented with a ASAE President'sCitation. The inscription reads"For his distinguished service toASAE and outstanding leadershipin the implementation of anABET Biological EngineeringProgram Criteria with ASAE asthe lead Society."

    This is the eleventh issue of Alumni & FriendsNewsletter for which I have written departmenthead comments. It will most likely be the last as Iplan to retire this fall (after forty years) as soon as anew department head is identified. As my career inthis department comes to a close, I would like tothank all of you for the support that you have givento me personally and to the BAE departmentthrough the years. We have a great family of sup-porters consisting of alumni, past and present faculty

    and staff, students, and various cooperators throughout the state andnation. I sincerely appreciate your support through the years and lookforward to our continued friendship in years to come.

    The BAE department produced its first graduate in 1935 and sincethen a great number of students have completed their programs in thedepartment. In 2005, the BAE department (along with the College ofAgriculture and Life Sciences, CALS) initiated an Outstanding AlumnusAward to recognize some of our alumni for their service to their commu-nity, industry, and/or NC State University and the college of Agricultureand Life Sciences. I am very pleased to announce that Professor GeorgeB. Blum, Jr. was selected as the first recipient of our departmental Out-standing Alumnus Award (see article on page 7).

    I wish to solicit your nominations for the 2006 Outstanding AlumnusAward (see details elsewhere on this page). While the faculty and staff ofthe department are aware of many outstanding achievements by ouralumni, we are certainly unaware of the contributions of ma