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Oklahoma State University Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Corps of Engineers hire BAE graduates The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Tulsa, Okla. has a reputation for hiring Oklahoma State University graduates from the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. Six OSU biosystems and agricultural engineering graduates are currently employed with the Tulsa District. They include Hydraulic Engineers Scott Henderson, Russell Wyckoff, John Clark, Jim Leach, Chief of Civil Works Branch Christine Altendorf and Project Engineer Jerry Grosz. Clark’s duties include operating the upper Arkansas reservoir. “It is very exciting,” he said. “I get to talk to a variety of people and meet all

of my customers.” Henderson, Wyckoff and Leach work with the design of hydraulic structures. Each of them believe their job is interesting in different ways. Leach said the new technologies evolving makes his job unique. Wyckoff said the diversity of projects is interesting and Henderson said the paycheck is the most important factor of his job. Grosz is also employed by the Tulsa District but is located in Enid working in a construction field office. The Corps of Engineers was formally established in 1779 and is the Federal Government’s largest water

resource development and management agency. The Corps has a responsibility to develop and manage the nation’s water resources for commercial navigation, flood damage reduction and a variety of other resource needs. The Corps of Engineers has a military mission to provide engineering and construction management services to the Army, Air Force and Navy. They are recognized as an organization that provides the right product on time and within budget. The Tulsa District was established in 1936 and is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is a major command of the U.S. Army in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. The mission of the Tulsa District is to supply engineering, scientific and construction management expertise for programs which include Civil Works, Military Construction and Environmental Restoration. continued on page 3


Six employees at the U.S. Corps of Engineers in the Tulsa District are OSU BAE alumni. They are (left to right) John Clark, Russell Wycoff, Jim Leach and Scott Henderson. Christine Altendorf and Jerry Grosz are not pictured.

• Letter from Dept. Head


• Student Officer Team


• New BAE Faculty




• Applications Engineers


• Faculty Spotlights


• Alumni Update • Upcoming Events

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A Word from the Department Head

Barfield’s highlights as department head 1992-2000 • Student numbers increased from 17 to 62

Dr. Billy J. Barfield • Graduate student count increased to 38 • Undergraduate student selected as one of the Top Ten Women in 1998 As many of you know, this will be my last word as the head of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. After thinking about this for the past year, I decided to ask the administration to replace me August 2000 and become a professor for the rest of my career. My years as the department head have been enjoyable and it has been an honor to be your department head. We have a talented faculty and staff who have been great to work with. My current plans are to take a sabbatical for a year. Several possibilities have been investigated and are attractive, but the details have not been finalized. Throughout my almost eight years as the department head, we have seen a lot of changes in the department. One of the major changes has been the student increase, both in numbers and quality. We continue to bring more students in to our department with high ACT scores and high grade point averages. These students are very active as indicated by the success at winning contests here at OSU and winning the national EMI competition. By the end of the Spring 2000 semester, we will have two new faculty members. Jerry Lalman and Paul Weckler will be joining the department

as assistant professors. Jerry will be working in the bioconversion/waste management area as a research and teaching faculty, and Paul will work in the machinery/sensors area. Jerry is currently defending his dissertation at the University of Toronto, and Paul is an assistant professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. We are excited to see what ideas they can bring to our program A dedication will be held later this spring to honor the newest addition to our program, a classroom sponsored by John Deere and located in 225 Agricultural Hall. The department as well as the university will use this classroom. It contains high technology equipment so that students can receive the best education possible, allowing us to bring the real world to our university and the university to the world. We appreciate you, our alumni, and everything that you have done for our department. If you hear of potential students who are interested in our department, please let us know so that we may contact them. Please come by and see what is happening in your department!

• ASAE Student Pre-profession club named No. 1 in the nation in 1999

Best wishes, Bill Barfield, professor and head

• Faculty member selected as Distinguished Lecturer at ASAE International Meeting in 1999

• $1.2 million renovation of research and teaching lab • Increase in faculty numbers by five • Increase in professional staff • Establishing the Application Engineer program to provide support to rural manufacturers and bringing it to full staffing • Launching research programs such as precision agriculture, biomass to ethanol and animal waste management that are important to Oklahoma • Graduate student awarded the Phoeniz Award in 1997 • ASAE Student Club won four consecutive CEAT Engineering Week events • Research projects by faculty reached all-time high

BAE alumni and friends, we need your help in two ways: (1) To recruit potential students and (2) to donate to the BAE scholarship activity fund • It takes dollars to recruit good students, and good students make your degree that valuable. Our commitment to you is if they come here, we will take care of them to the best of our ability. 2

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• If you know of any potential students who would be interested in biosystems and agricultural engineering, please send their names and addresses to us so we can contact them.

•Three faculty members named as ASAE Fellows • Faculty member received ASAE John Deere Award • Faculty member inducted into National Academy of Engineering

Corps, from page 1 The Tulsa District’s main focus is service, and they provide many services such as planning, engineering, construction, project management, contracting, real estate and operations services. The planning team offers a wide array of professional services including: • Master Planning for Installations (both real property and mobilization) • Section 404 Permitting • Environmental Compliance • Geographic Information System • Cultural and Archeological Resources, Studies and Protection • Environmental Permitting • Flood Plain Management Services • Community Relations Planning • Water Quality Investigations • Hazardous, Toxic and Radiological Waste Support • Solid Waste Management and Compliance • NEPA Documentation The engineering team, comprised of a diversified group of skilled professionals, provides: • Full-Service Design Capabilities • Equipment and Systems Investigations • Geotechnical Investigations and Analysis • Hydraulic and Hydrological Studies • Value Engineering • Architect-Engineer Contracting • Dam Safety The construction team provides onsite supervision and contract administration through the following services: • Fully-Staffed Area and Resident Engineering Offices • On-Site Construction Contract Administration • Contract Administration for Others • Quality Assurance • Assistance with Hazardous, Toxic and Radiological Waste Clean-up Tulsa District’s project managers are divided into areas, which parallel the

district’s three Missions–Civil Works, Military Construction and Environmental Restoration areas. The project managers oversee all aspects of a project—from concept to completion. Tulsa District performs its mission by using a variety of contractual methods. The team of contract specialists can provide assistance and advice on the following types of contracts: • Fixed-Price Contracts • Cost Plus Contracts • Indefinite Delivery Contracts • Job Order Contracts (for Army customers) • TERC Contracts (for environmental restoration • Purchase Order Contracts • Architect-Engineer Design Contracts • Supply Contracts • Service Contracts • HTRW Contracts The Real Estate team offers a wide breadth of experience to accomplish services as: • Acquisition, Disposal and Appraisal of Real Property • Leasing of Property for Military and Civil Use • Support Emergency Mobilization Missions • Management of Property through Realty Instruments The operations team provides assistance to Tulsa’s Civil Works and Military Construction customers in such areas as: • Environmental Compliance and Assistance • Environmental Regulations • Guidance Operations • Land Management • Fish and Wildlife Management The District has led the way in building and using enhanced regional and national teamwork to better serve customers. They have been guided by four action-oriented goals, which will remain the cornerstones of their operations. They deliver quality products and services, create delighted customers, develop an empowered workforce and develop and be a caring professional team.

1999-2000 ASAE Student Branch Officer Team PRESIDENT Chris Cross VICE PRESIDENT Jake Holloway SECRETARY/TREASURER Shannon Parker HISTORIANS Christal Compston Darcey Landrith CEAT REPRESENTATIVE Chad Fisher AG REPRESENTATIVES Becky Osterman Stewart Reed ADVISER Dr. Gerald Brusewitz JR. ADVISER Erin Devlin

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BAE New Faculty Spotlights Paul R. Weckler

Jerald A. Lalman

Paul R. Weckler will join the biosystems and agricultural engineering department as an assistant professor on July 1. Weckler received his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering at Oklahoma State University in 1989. He is currently working as an assistant professor in the bioresource and agricultural engineering department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Weckler has also been an assistant professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a teaching assistant at OSU and a teaching and research assistant at the University of Arizona. Weckler has participated in several professional growth and development activities. He presented a paper titled, “Using Visual Basic in Excel to Teach Food Engineering Heat Transfer,” at the 1998 American Society of Agricultural Engineers Annual International Meeting. Weckler also worked on a Cal Poly Irrigation Training and Research Center project, investigating the performance of various types of water level sensors used in canal automation. Weckler is a member of various professional organizations such as the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Epsilon.

The biosystems and agricultural engineering department hired Environmental Engineer Gerald A. Lalman as an assistant professor to begin May 1. Lalman received his bachelor of science, bachelor of arts and masters degrees at the University of Toronto and is currently a doctoral candidate for the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Lalman has been employed at various places. Some of these include a project manager for Beak Engineering, a project engineer at Lavalin Inc., MacLaren Engineers Inc., an applications engineer for Dearborn Chemical Co. Ltd., a process design engineer for Esso Petroleum Canada and a research assistant at the University of Toronto. Lalman has also participated in community work. He taught English and math skills to convicts released from the Toronto Don Jail. This program was coordinated from a rehabilitation facility located adjacent to the jail. Lalman was awarded second prize for a paper presented at the CAWQ Western Canadian Symposium at the IAWQ 19th Biennial International Conference on Water Quality, and he was the 1996-97 University of Toronto Open Doctoral Fellowship. Lalman is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. He is also a registered professional engineer in the State of Maine Board and the Water Environment Federation.

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Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering 111 Agricultural Hall Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078

Where are they now?

SPREC to aid in stored product management

Tracking BIOEN Alumni

Oklahoma State University is helping improve stored product quality from the field to the table. Ron Noyes, extension agricultural engineer for the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, is working with OSU Architectural Services on the design of the Stored Product Research and Education Center (SPREC). “This center will be a state of the art facility with the latest technology in temperature and aeration management,” Noyes said. OSU’s SPREC will provide programs of excellence in research, education and training related to the management of stored grains, grain products and other bulk commodities, Ronald Noyes benefiting Oklahoma, the nation and the world. Programs of the SPREC will focus on all aspects of stored product management by maintaining stored grain quality, providing technology transfer and education, improving stored product integrated pest management (IPM) and developing new stored grain technologies. The facility will contain a small research and training elevator, truck scale, dump pit, elevator leg and downspouts, two 27 and 36 ft. diameter tanks and drag conveyors to 12-450 bushel hopper bins. The facility will also include 40 small research bins with advanced instrumentation and controls, central research and education building, warehouse and equipment building and outside project staging areas. Future SPREC programs include stored products pest management systems, technology transfer and educational programs and maintaining quality of grain during storage. The target completion date for the building is June 2001. It is currently in the final design phase. The facility will be located on Highway 51 three miles west of campus beside the Animal Science Feed Mill. OSU received a $480,000 grant from United States Department of Agriculture to help fund SPREC. The rest of the money was matching funds from donations. Members of the SPREC team, who are working together to bring the highest standards to the programs of the Center, include Kim Anderson, Bill Barfield, Brian Adam, Tim Bowser, Brett Carver, D.C. Coston, Jim Criswell, Gerrit Cuperus, Jonathan Shaver, Ron Noyes, Tom Phillips, Robert Westerman and Russell Wright.

Fall 1999 Graduates Bron Howard Charles Machine Works, Inc. Perry, Okla. Carly Washmon Graduate School Biosystems and Ag Engineering Oklahoma State University Stillwater, Okla. Myles Mungle Norman, Okla.

Special thanks to the “Engineers of BAE Dreams” Billy J. and Annette Barfield David G. Batchelder Bobby L. Bledsoe Gerald H. Brusewitz & Glenna Williams Bob G. & Betty Day Floyd Dowell Ronald L. and Judith Elliott Harry Field Barry Frey Richard and Nancy Giles C.T. and Jan Haan Halliburton, Inc. Randy J. Haynes Scott A. and Jeannine Henderson Rex H. Ishmael Dwight and Marge Johnston Michael & Sheryl Kizer Michael F. Kocher David R. and Irene McKay Peter R. and Cara McKay Ronnie and Sharon Morgan Ronald T. and Zona Noyes Oklahoma Assoc. of Electric Coops Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Jay & Ernestine Porterfield Charles & Ladonna Rice Ervin W. Schroeder Marvin and Bonnie Stone Warren E. Taylor Richard and Barbara Tessmann Jody D. Whitney Victor Wolf Jinhui & Jiansheng Yan Dean and Sharon Yoder

American Society of Agricultural Engineers Student Banquet April 1, 2000 7:00 p.m. at Taylor’s Dining Room Incoming and Continuing Scholarships Awarded 2000-2001 ASAE Student Branch Officers Recognized For Tickets Call: Marge Johnston (405) 744-5432

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Application engineers provide assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Professor Sam Harp is working with six other engineers to help provide engineering assistance to Oklahoma Sam Harp manufacturers. The Applications Engineer Program is a three-year existing program and was designed to provide engineering assistance to small and medium sized manufacturers to help them be more profitable and sustainable, Harp said. Harp manages the day-to-day coordination of the projects and has a statewide mission as a senior applications engineer. The OSU program provides this assistance by way of a contact with the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence. The Alliance is Oklahoma’s manufacturing extension program. The applications engineers are located in the five different Oklahoma districts. They include Clay Buford, northwest; Jim Henderson, north central; Win Adams, northeast; Jim Friesen, southwest; and

Doug Enns, southeast. Phil Norton, the operation. technology transfer specialist, is also Sometimes trying to reduce cost located in the southeast district. means causing fewer jobs, Harp said. The The applications engineers assist key is replacing labor with technology to firms with manufacturing issues. To date, produce better jobs. they have completed 250 projects with “It’s a matter of productivity,” Harp currently 50 on-going projects. Some of said. these products include electronics, medical The engineers have adopted modern products, metal fabrication, wood products manufacturing techniques called lean and agricultural equipment. manufacturing. The objective of lean The manufacturing is impact of the to reduce or applications eliminate nonSmall rural manufacturers have to value added engineering compete in the global market. program is activities such What we are really after is more measured in as work in two ways. and better jobs for rural Oklahoma. process and One is by the excessive Sam Harp impact on the inventory. BAE Professor manufacturers “The first “bottom line,” step for smaller that is the economic value of the service to manufacturers is helping them understand the company. The other measure is the how much it costs them to manufacture number of jobs created or saved. A whatever they make,” Harp said. “To manufacturing job has $50,000/year reduce manufacturing cost, you must economic benefit to a local economy know where the costs are.” “Small rural manufacturers have to For example, it may be cost effective compete in the global market,” Harp said. to out source some of the manufacturing “What we are really after is more and processes, but you must know what the better jobs for rural Oklahoma.” true costs are before making sound The engineers look at the cost of decisions, Harp said. manufacturing and try to control it, Harp “The bottom line is, more and better said. Labor is a significant component of jobs for rural Oklahoma,” Harp said.

Clay Buford

Jim Henderson

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John Deere sponsored classroom brings highest technological devices to students Multi-media technology is changing the way professors teach students Students from the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University now have a classroom with the highest technological devices. The room contains all the multi-media technology needed to teach in today’s society such as white dry erase boards, projectors, computer display, video, satellite and teleconferencing. “A classroom of this caliber is needed at a university to give the students the best possible education,” said Department Head and Professor Bill Barfield. The room also includes special features such as a lecture camera and room cam. The lecture camera points to the lectern for distance classroom or recording on the VCR, and the Room Cam shows the students asking questions. Mike Veldman, senior research equipment specialist for the department, is the designer of the room and has assembled and installed all the equipment. John Deere donated $150,000 to build the room, Veldman said. The remaining has come from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. “If John Deere wanted to see a class, they could,” he said. “The classroom has an industry compatible teleface.” Veldman has been planning the room since May 1997. Final adjustments have been made currently to the room, and a dedication is planned for late spring. “We are very exciting about this classroom,” Barfield said. “Numerous hours have been spent working on this classroom which contains the highest technological equipment.”

The John Deere sponsored classroom is a new addition to BAE. It contains white dry erase boards, projectors, computer display, video satellite and teleconferencing. BAE Update


BAE design teams learn teamwork skills Chad Ingram, Becky Ostermann and Curtis Washburn are Oklahoma State University biosystems and agricultural the CBC Progressive and Original Natural Drainage (POND) engineering students are learning how to deal with real-world design team. The nature of their project is to design a renovated problems. pond that is less likely to dry up during drought conditions. The senior design course, required for all BAE undergraduIngram said the class has definitely been worthwhile. ate students, creatively applies a systematic design process to a “It has given me a first taste of real-world design experience real-world problem, said BAE Professor Ron Elliott. dealing with a client,” he said. “This course is considered a capstone experience,” Elliott The Water and Agricultural Control Engineers (WACE) said. “It transitions them from textbook problems to ambiguities design team includes Elizabeth and uncertainties of real-world Blankenhorn, Lynn Lye and problems.” Stewart Reed. Their project is The course encompasses The course is a combination of pulling toboth the fall and spring gether technical background as engineering to create a pollution prevention plan for the Oklahoma City semesters. students and working on a team over an State Fairgrounds to reduce Upon completion of the extended period of time. problems with run-off rainfall course, the students will be Ron Elliott carrying animal bedding and able to develop, evaluate and waste contaminants into storm synthesize alternative solutions BAE Professor drains and a creek. and work productively as a Reed said he has enjoyed member of an engineering working on the design project. design team. “It supplies a chance for us to have direct contact with a real “The course is a combination of pulling together technical world client and deal with potential real world problems that an background as engineering students and working on a team over engineer may encounter,” Reed said. “It also furthers our ability an extended period of time,” Elliott said. to work together as a team.” During the course, the students also interface effectively Jeff Adams, Jay Jantzen and Diana Loudenslager are with clients and professionals in industry and government and members of the Engineers Using Reliable Erosion Control convey comprehensive information via both written and oral Alternatives (EURECA) design team. Their project includes communication. effectively removing sediment from storm water runoff as it “The students work with a client instead of an instructor,” enters curb inlets in city streets. Elliott said. “They report to clients as much as they report to Jantzen said he thinks the class is an important part of his me.” education. This year’s course includes nine BAE seniors who plan to “It has given me experience in design and working with a graduate between May and December 2000. Each student is a team,” Jantzen said. “Having a real client has been extremely member of one of three design teams. beneficial.”

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The renovated pond that the POND design team is designing is located in this area.

Meet the BAE faculty Food and Bioprocessing

Tim Bowser

Dani Bellmer

Jerry Brusewitz

Food Engineer Assistant Professor

Food Engineer Assistant Professor

Regents Professor

Marvin Stone

Glenn Kranzler

Paul Armstrong



Assistant Researcher

Students in the food and bioprocessing option study engineering principles associated with the handling, processing, packaging, preservation, storage and distribution of food, feed, fiber and related by-products. Engineers graduating with this option often work in the areas of machine vision, transport of agricultural products and design and control of production systems. BAE Update


Alumni Success Stories Glenn E. Coppock 1955 Glenn E. Coppock is a 1955 graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he received his masters degree in biosystems engineering. He received his B.S. degree in 1949 at Auburn University and his Ph.D. at the University of Florida in 1970. Glenn retired from the Florida Department of Citrus in 1986, and is now manager of Coppock, LLC. His job of 14 years includes managing the planting, harvesting and growing of pine forest and consulting in the area of citrus fruit harvesting. Previously, Glenn was in the U.S. Army Air Corp, worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Citrus and was an adjunct professor with the University of Florida. Glenn also has participated in international travel. He was a keynote speaker in the Harvesting and Marketing Section of the International Society of Citriculture meeting at Sydney, Australia in 1978, and in 1992 he visited England. Glenn resides in Winter Haven, Fla. with his wife, Barbara. They have three children, Deborah DeWitte, 42, Joyce Hoefle, 40, and Edward Glenn Coppock, 34.

Donald L. Day 1962 Donald Day graduated with his B.S. degree in biosystems engineering in 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1962. He retired in 1993 as a professor in agricultural engineering at the University of Illinois. Currently, Donald resides in Urbana, Ill., but was raised near Leedy, Okla.

Robert D. Hamilton 1973 Robert D. Hamilton received his B.S. in agricultural engineering in 1973. Robert is the senior project engineer at Purina Mills, Inc. He has been employed for Purina Mills, Inc. for 25 years, in a job that includes construction contracts for plant expansion and new plant design


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and construction. Robert has traveled internationally to the United Kingdom in 1994, Germany and France in 1983 and Holland in 1987. Robert and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of an 18-year-old daughter, Jennifer.

Larry D. Billen 1973 Larry D. Billen graduated with his B.S. degree in agricultural engineering in 1973. He is currently the executive vice president at the Heat Transfer Equipment Co. in Tulsa.

Jack C. Boyer 1978 Jack C. Boyer is a 1978 graduate with a B.S. degree in agricultural engineering. He has been employed as a product manager for operator stations for 7000, 8000, 9000 series tractors worldwide at the John Deere Product Engineering Center in Waterloo, Iowa for the past 21 years. Jack has been the 7000 tractor new product manager, sales engineer for OEM Axles, senior engineer for product evaluation design and engineer for vehicles and operator stations. Jack frequently travels to the company’s sister factory in Germany and has also visited Brazil, Spain, United Kingdom and Sweden. Jack enjoys flying, woodworking and farming approximately 400 acres of corn and soybeans.

Lynn B. Freese 1979 Lynn B. Freese is the director of member services at Wheatland Electric Cooperative in Scott City, Kan. Lynn graduated with his biosystems engineering B.S. degree in 1979. His duties of 20 years consist of answering customer inquiries, electric rate design, billing and collections. Lynn and his wife, Lori, have three children, Lesley, Logan and Lane. Lynn enjoys hunting, fishing and raising kids.

Shah M. Farouk 1979 Shah M. Farouk graduated with his Ph.D. in 1979. He became a professor in 1983 and did consultancy work for 12 months. He continued teaching and research along with additional assignments as the dean of the faculty of agricultural engineering and the director of research system. He was then appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the University and served in that position before returning to the position of professor. Shah is currently busy with his teaching and administrative duties at the university and is looking forward to retirement in early 2002.

Richard Roth 1983 Richard Roth received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering in 1983. He is currently employed at O & G Industries, Inc. in Torrington, Conn. working on an airport renovation project. Richard has worked for Brown & Root Petro-Chemical Construction and American Airlines Maintenance Group of Tulsa. He has also set up a manufacturing facility in Bangkok, and worked on a major airport project in Mongolia and in a pharmaceutical plant in Beijing.

Dwayne R. Edwards 1988 Dwayne Edwards graduated with his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering in 1988. He previously was employed as an associate professor at the University of Arkansas and is currently an associate professor at the biosytems and agricultural engineering department at the University of Kentucky. Dwayne’s job includes research and teaching in soil and water engineering. Dwayne and his wife, Linda, reside in Nicholasville, Ken. with their children, Dylan, 8, Drew, 6, and Caroline, 2.

Alumni Success Stories Cully Hession 1995 Cully Hession received his Ph.D. in biosystems engineering in 1995. After graduation, he worked for the Patrick Center of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia for four years. Cully developed a successful research program in watershed assessment, ecological restoration, fluvial morphology and GIS remote sensing applications while being principle or coprinciple investigator for over $4.5 million in research grants/contracts. Earlier this year, Cully was acting director of the 40-plus-person research lab and acting vice president of the Academy for six months. Recently, Cully accepted a faculty position with the civil and environmental

engineering department at the University of Vermont. He plans to continue his research activities while teaching ecological risk assessment, hydrology and watershed modeling courses, among others.

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Zhenwen Jia 1994

Zhenwen Jia is currently a planner and hydrologist for the Texas Water Development Board in Austin, Texas. His job includes water resources planning, water use projections, working on irrigation and dry-year-option models, Texas state’s bays and estuaries hydrology project and lake and reservoirs evaporation programs. Zhenwen graduated with his Ph.D. in biosystems engineering in 1994.

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