ASABE announces winner of Hancor Soil and Engineering Award

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FINDLAY, OH, Nov. 10, 2009 -- Robert O. Evans, Jr., P.E., Professor and Chair of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State University, has been named the recipient of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 2009 Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award. Sponsored by Hancor, the ASABE award recognizes Professor Evans' contributions to soil and water engineering through teaching, research and his outreach programs.

During the past 25 years, his water-quality research has resulted in the implementation of controlled drainage systems across eastern North Carolina. His drainage control methods have increased farm income and reduced unwanted agricultural nitrogen in streams and sensitive surface waters. The results of his work have been incorporated in design and management standards for numerous North Carolina and National Resource Conservation Service best management practices. Professor Evans is also a leading expert in the use of DRAINMOD, a simulation model used to evaluate the hydrology of high water table soils and the in situ measurement of soil and site hydraulic properties, which are important to hydrologic evaluation.

"Hancor has always been very proud of our involvement with the ASABE and of our sponsorship of this award," stated Tori Durliat, Hancor director of marketing.

"Professor Evans is an internationally recognized leader in water management, wetland restoration and water quality. His extensive research has made a positive impact in the areas of design and evaluation of drainage practices, hydrologic evaluation and restoration of wetlands, design and management of riparian and construction of wetlands, and stormwater analysis," she continued. "It is truly a pleasure and an honor to acknowledge Professor Evans for his exacting work and for his commitment to examining and improving water quality."

Called one of its most prestigious honors by the Society, the Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award recognizes noteworthy contributions to the advancement of soil and water engineering in teaching, research, planning, design construction, management or materials development.

Evans is a 35-year member of ASABE and elected a Fellow of the Society in 2005. Hancor, one of the world's largest suppliers of stormwater management systems, has sponsored the ASABE award since 1966. It was presented to Professor Evans on June 24, 2009 at the ASABE Annual International meeting.

For more information, visit the Hancor website at www.hancor.com, or call 1-888-FOR PIPE (367-7473).

About ASABE
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food and biological systems. Founded in 1907 and headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, ASABE has some 9,000 members from more than 100 countries.

About Hancor
One of the nation's largest suppliers of stormwater management systems, Hancor manufactures a wide variety of plastic drainage products for the commercial, residential, construction and agricultural markets. Hancor was founded in 1887 in Findlay, Ohio and operates manufacturing facilities and service centers across the country.

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