Dr. Robert Burns Receives Organization’s Highest Honor


Dr. Robert Burns, Associate Dean, UT Extension

Dr. Robert Burns, Associate Dean of University of Tennessee Extension, is among the newest Fellows of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)​. Photo courtesy R. Burns.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Robert Burns, P.E., Associate Dean, UT Extension, has been named to the Class of Fellows with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Burns received the organization’s highest honor on July 18 at the annual international ASABE meeting in Orlando, Florida. Burns was honored for his outstanding contributions to improving environmental stewardship of animal production worldwide as an administrator, researcher, Extension engineer and for his 22 years of service to ASABE.

Known as an international authority in the areas of manure and nutrient management, Burns has provided leadership in the development and maintenance of a USDA curriculum for training service providers to implement consistent nutrient management plans for animal feeding operations. Without this training and certification program, led by Burns, there would have been inadequate numbers of technical service providers to prepare management plans in the U.S. Burns' work has also extended internationally assisting with extension and research programs involving manure management in Bulgaria, China, Croatia, South Korea and Romania.

ASABE defines a Fellow as a member with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications in the fields of agricultural, food, or biological systems engineering. With more than 230 referred journal articles, technical papers, Extension publications, training manuals and research reports, Burns has more than made a name for himself in the agricultural engineering field. Additionally, Burns has served in a number of leadership roles in the organization, including Chair of the Iowa and Tennessee sections, the Professional Engineering Licensure Council, the Professional Engineering Institute, and the Structures and Environment Committee.

Needless to say, Burns has been devoted to improving the environment across the country and across the world throughout his career. As the recipient of ASABE’s highest award, Burns joins a roster of engineers whose contributions have improved not only agricultural operations, but have changed the world for the better. 

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Contact:  

Dr. Robert Burns, Associate Dean, UT Extension, 865-974-7112, rburns@utk.edu​