The Larry W. Turner Young Extension Professional Award The ASABE Foundation financially supports numerous Society awards, including ones designed to recognize young professionals early in their careers. The Larry W. Turner Young Extension Professional Award is one of the awards for ASABE members under 40 years of age. It recognizes excellence in personal character and outstanding achievement in serving clientele by disseminating, sharing, and applying engineering knowledge; transferring research technology into practical, problem- solving applications; and advancing the profession of agricultural and biological engineering. Initially (as established in 1972), the name of the award was the Aerovent Young Extension Man Award. However, in 2012, it was endowed by ASABE colleagues and renamed the Larry W. Turner Young Extension Professional Award. Dr. Turner, a 1993 recipient of this award, died in an airplane crash when leaving for Puerto Rico to participate in a 2006 extension program. Turner was a very successful university extension specialist and administrator at the University of Kentucky. He served as chair of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department and as associate dean for Extension in the College of Agriculture and was a visionary leader in Cooperative Extension in Kentucky and beyond. Since 1973, forty-one young professionals have been recognized for early career success as Extension Professionals. They continue to have very successful careers. Many have become active in ASABE, serving in leadership roles on committees, providing technical presentations at professional meetings, and publishing in ASABE and other scientific journals. Dr. Michael D. Dukes, the 2011 recipient of the Larry W. Turner Young Extension Professional Award, has been a member of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Florida since 2001. Dukes has an exemplary publication record, with 87 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, all focused on irrigation and drainage. He is active in numerous ASABE technical committees and editorial and review panels. Since receiving the Larry W. Turner Award, he has assumed leadership roles as director of the University of Florida’s Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology and as interim chair of the Environmental Horticulture Department. The Larry W. Turner Award is just one of the Foundation-supported young professional awards that recognize future leaders of ASABE and our profession. Contributing to the ASABE Foundation can increase the financial support for these awards and other programs. Please contact Darrin Drollinger at 269-429-0300 for additional information on supporting the Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation or donate online at www.asabe.org/foundation.aspx. ASABE member and Foundation Development Committee Chair Sylvia Schonauer, P.E., Principal Engineer, Advanced Innovation, W. K. Kellogg Institute, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org. ASABE Fellow Ronald T. Schuler, Emeritus Professor in Agricultural Engineering—Power and Machinery, Conservation Tillage, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, email@example.com.
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