Purdue's Distinguished Agriculture Alumni roll

March 24, 2015   

Srini at Purdue WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Eight educators, executives and researchers will receive the Purdue University 2015 Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award, the College of Agriculture's top honor.

They will be presented the award April 3 during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. EDT in the North Ballroom of Purdue Memorial Union on the West Lafayette campus. A reception will precede the ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

The DAA award recognizes Purdue Agriculture alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments, made significant contributions to their professions or to society in general and exhibit high potential for future professional growth.

The 2015 class brings to 208 the number of alumni who have received the award since it was created in 1992.

 "As with all previous recipients, the new inductees are terrific examples of what Purdue Agriculture produces every year - farmers, scientists, educators, entrepreneurs and business executives who become leaders in their fields," said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture. "We are very proud of them and what they have accomplished to this point in their careers. And, we are even more excited about what they will yet accomplish."

Srini at Purdue Raghavan Srinivasan (Ph.D. 1992) of College Station, Texas. Srinivasan is a professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Ecosystem Science and Management and director of its Spatial Sciences Laboratory. In 2011, Srinivasan was appointed senior scientist of the Borlaug Institute.

Raghavan Srinivasan, PhD ’92, is an internationally recognized authority on watershed modeling. The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) developed by a team of researchers that included Srinivasan is used in every state in the country and around the world to evaluate agricultural production practices and the impact of watershed management strategies on water quality.

Srinivasan was part of the original SWAT development team, and he has published 158 papers in peer-reviewed articles that include major contributions to the model and its application to a wide variety of water resource problems. He has also published 11 book chapters and 105 articles in conference proceedings, which contribute to his international recognition as well as to the SWAT model.

Recently, a journal publication ranked Srinivasan as having the second greatest impact on nonpoint source pollution modeling in the past 20 years. The only person who has had a greater impact in that period was Jeff Arnold, PhD ’92, primary developer of SWAT, who was named a Purdue Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus in 2008.