The University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources welcomed Dr. Julie Carrier as the new head of the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science on April 1st.
Carrier was formerly with the University of Arkansas where she served as a professor in the College of Engineering Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Her research interests include promoting the use of renewable energy production, specifically biofuels and biochemical production from cellulosic biomass, and she has twice won recognition as an outstanding researcher. Yet, she is also known for her ability to provide outstanding service to students. Carrier has won four student service and teaching awards since 2003.
Dr. Scott Senseman, head of the Department of Plant Sciences, led the search committee. He says Carrier’s breadth of experiences prepared her well. “It is obvious that Dr. Carrier has a passion for both undergraduate and graduate students. Combined with her depth of expertise and strong record of research excellence, we are very fortunate to have someone of her stature in the Institute.”
Upon her selection as BESS head, Carrier said, “I am honored to have been selected and look forward to joining the faculty and staff of BESS to help support our missions of teaching, research and extension. I want to maintain the great work our faculty does, and continue advancing BESS as a department. I am looking forward to moving to beautiful East Tennessee and joining UTIA.”
Dr. Larry Arrington, UT Institute of Agriculture Chancellor, expressed his appreciation to Dr. Eric Drumm for his outstanding leadership as BESS department head. Drumm is returning to his teaching and research interests. He plans to work with BESS’s construction science program and to support the senior design sequence as well as to pursue research projects related to soil science and hydrology.
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