​​Burt English Wins UTIA’s Highest Honor - The Institute Professor Award

Picture of Burt English with UTIA leaders

Burt English, professor in Agricultural and Resource Economics, is the winner of the 2019 Institute Professor Award – the highest honor presented at the UTIA Annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon. Pictured left to right (front row): Bob DeNovo, associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine; Caula Beyl, dean of the Herbert College of Agriculture; Burt English; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. Also pictured in the back row (left to right) are Michael Buschermohle, UT Extension interim assistant dean; and Hongwei Xin, dean of UT AgResearch. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and Extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 2, 2019. Burt English, professor in Agricultural and Resource Economics, is the winner of the Institute Professor Award – the highest honor presented at the ceremony.

Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners and praised them for their work. “The faculty and staff of the UT Institute of Agriculture are known on campus and throughout the state as dedicated, hard-working and knowledgeable experts who provide real-life solutions to challenging issues every day,” said Cross. “The awards presented at this ceremony recognize excellence in research, education, Extension outreach as well as service programs that benefit our stakeholders. They serve as our way to express our gratitude for a job well done.”

English works in production economics, precision agriculture, rural development and biofuel analysis. He was the leader of a group who received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to study biomass as an alternative jet fuel, and was a key contributor to the Institute’s Bioenergy Analysis group. English also was part of a UTIA group who partnered with TVA to study the economic impact of the TVA reservoirs. This past year, he received the UT Chancellor’s Success in Multidisciplinary Research Award.

“It is an honor to receive the Institute Professor Award. As a teacher and researcher, it is a pleasure to work at the University of Tennessee,” English says. “I have often said I have the best job in the United States and that is how I truly feel. Many of the questions we face require a team approach to addressing them. Our team approach to research is as strong here as anywhere else. The insights gained working in the culture and environment established here at Tennessee has provided the means for researchers to expand their abilities and allowed me to work on a multitude of issues.”

“Burt English is recognized internationally for his excellent research and education accomplishments over a long and illustrious career. We’re proud of his achievements, and it’s a pleasure to name him Institute Professor,” says Cross.

You’ve heard about people being ahead of their time, but how about this? English first got his hands on a computer in 1972. He’s had one on his desk since 1982. Away from work, he enjoys family time, reading science fiction and old westerns, and he’s served as a volunteer soccer coach.

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



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Burt English, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 865-974-3716,