Linus Walton, Distinguished Alumnus

Linus R. Walton has been selected as the 2000 Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Tennessee Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department. The award was presented at the Department's annual awards banquet on the Agriculture Campus in Knoxville.

Linus R. Walton, P.E., graduated with the Ph.D. degree from the Agricultural Engineering Department of The University of Tennessee in 1974. Dr. Walton, after an 11 year tenure as Agricultural Engineer with the USDA-ARS, joined the faculty of the Department of Agricultural Engineering at The University of Kentucky as Associate Professor in 1978. His research led to successful storage of burley tobacco in bales leading to producer's savings in labor of over $500 million since 1983. Also, he determined the methodology for curing burley tobacco outside of traditional barns using alternative structures. He was promoted to Professor in 1984. Dr. Walton taught junior, senior, and graduate level courses and served as Director of Graduate Studies from 1985 to 1994. He served as director or co-director of theses and dissertations of 4 M.S. and 3 Ph.D. students.

Dr. Walton served as Chair from 1994-99 during which time the name of the department was changed to Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering and both undergraduate and graduate enrollment reached all-time highs. He currently serves as Associate Dean for Administration in the College of Agriculture at UK. Among other duties, he oversees the construction of the $18.5 million Plant Science Building.

Dr. Walton is an active member of ASAE and will be inducted as an ASAE Fellow in 2000.


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