UT AgResearch Agricultural Engineer Joe Sarten Wins a J.E. Moss Achievement Award

J.E. Moss Award winners, UTIA 2017

UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (center front) is flanked by the 2017 J.E. Moss Award winners: (left to right) Charlie Parker and Joe Sarten, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science; Aaron Smith, Agricultural and Resource Economics; and Charles Lambrecht, CVM IT Team Leader.  Also pictured are the deans of the four UTIA units: (top row, left to right) Dr. Jim Thompson, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Delton Gerloff, UT Extension (interim); (center row, left to right) Bill Brown, UT AgResearch; and Caula Beyl, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Photo courtesy UTIA.​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts. More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Joe Sarten, an agricultural engineer with UT AgResearch and also with Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science, is one of the four winners of the J.E. Moss Achievement Award. 

Sarten provides engineering services for all ten of UTIA’s research and education centers. He has worked on some 240 projects in his 27 years – including the design of irrigation systems, the plaza for the UT Gardens, poultry houses and research buildings to raise predatory insects, and the heifer development center in Lewisburg. He also did a redesign of a log cabin at the Milan center. Also at Milan, he came up with a plan to lay out a UT 200th anniversary logo – roughly 700 feet by 250 feet – in a wheat field.

“I am honored and humbled to have received this award,” Sarten says. “It has always been an honor to be recognized for your contributions, especially when the majority of them are ‘behind the scenes.’ I am humbled to be included in such a great group of individuals who have represented UTIA in the past with this award.”

UTIA Chancellor Dr. Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people at the UT Institute of Agriculture word hard every day to deliver real life solutions to our many stakeholders,” Cross says. “Recognition of the outstanding work by our award winners inspires all of us to strive for excellence and make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”

Away from work, Sarten is with the East Tennessee Old Harp Singers, an a cappella group that keeps a heritage skill alive today. Old Harp singing doesn’t involve a harp, but rather is an art form from the 1700’s. Here the tune is sung using a seven note scale – and the music is written in shapes to make it easier to read. The Old Harp Singers perform frequent concerts in the area.

This honor was established in memory of J.E. and Ann Moss, and recognizes excellent in achievement in teaching, research, and Extension for the Institute of Agriculture. Awards are provided each year for each of the four units. Other winners were Charles Lambrecht, IT Specialist at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Charlie Parker, Director of UTIA Construction Science, and Dr. Aaron Smith, an agricultural economist with UT Extension.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.



Charles Denney, 865-382-8058 (mobile), cmdenney@utk.edu

Joe Sarten, 865-974-6499, jsarten@utk.edu