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ASABE President Ronald L. McAllister (right) presents the organization's 2011 ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award to Greg Hanson, supervisory engineer and research leader with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit.

Hilliard, Ohio – October 20, 2011: Greg Hanson, P.E. of the USDA-ARS has been named the recipient of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 2011ADS/ Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award. Sponsored by ADS/Hancor, one of the nation’s largest suppliers of storm water management systems, the ASABE award recognizes Hanson's contributions to the understanding and prediction of soil erosion by concentrated flow.

Hanson is the supervisory engineer and research leader with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit (HERU) (Stillwater, Okla.). During his 26 years at ARS he has contributed to the development of fundamental erosion equations and the methods of measuring earthen material resistance to water flow. He is also responsible for the research and administrative leadership at the USDA-ARS HERU Laboratory.

“It is a pleasure to have Mr. Hanson receive this award," stated Tori Durliat, Director of Marketing, ADS/Hancor. "He has a long, impactful devotion to the industry that includes writing or co-authoring more than 150 research papers and presenting his findings during 50 national and international symposiums. He is truly an innovator and leader. This is our 46th year of being part of the ASABE and sponsoring this award to deserving leaders in this important field that continues to be of increasing critical need of soil and water management,”

Hanson has three patents and initiated the development of an ASTM standard for erodibility testing. His work has contributed to the development of model components used in computer software - SITES - for evaluating earthen spillways on dams, and WinDAM for evaluating overtopping and erosion of earthen dams. He also developed the concepts, equations, equipment and methodology for the Jet Erosion Test for characterizing erodibility of soils. His work helped investigators gain a better understanding of the erosion that occurred to New Orleans levees after Hurricane Katrina.

Called one of its most prestigious honors by the Society, the ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award recognizes noteworthy contributions to the advancement of soil and water engineering in teaching, research, planning, design construction, management or materials development.

Hanson is a 25-year member of ASABE. ADS/Hancor has sponsored the ASABE award since 1966. It was presented to Hanson at the 2011 ASABE Annual International Meeting.

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About ASABE:
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food and biological systems. Founded in 1907 and headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, ASABE has some 9,000 members from more than 100 countries.

About ADS/Hancor:
The company serves the storm and waste water industry through a global network of 53 domestic and international manufacturing plants and 24 distribution centers. In addition to its flagship N-12® pipe, and N-12 HP Sanitary and Storm pipe, the company offers a complete line of fittings and other accessories including StormTech® storm water chambers, ARC™ onsite septic chambers, Nyloplast® drainage structures, INSERTA TEE®, storm water treatment units and various geotextiles.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Tori L. Durliat
Director of Marketing
401 Olive Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840
Phone: 419-424-8275
Fax: 419-424-8302