Nofziger, David 2007 PMA

Nofziger, David 2007 PMA

David Nofziger, 2007 Professional Master Agronomist, Dept of Plant and Soil SciencesDavid Lynn Nofziger, Regents Professor and holder of the Santelmann/Warth  Professorship retired on January 5, 2007. Nofziger joined the Agronomy Department in 1974 with teaching and research responsibilities in soil physics. He was born and raised on a 100 acre farm in northwest Ohio. He was the youngest of six children and had five older sisters. As a child he enjoyed math and learned many methods of solving problems in his head from his father. After graduating from Pettisville High School in a class of 34 students, he attended Goshen College where he met his wife Ruby and obtained a B.A. degree in physics in 1966. Nofziger attended graduate school at Purdue University where he received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in soil physics in 1970 and 1972 respectively.

After obtaining his PhD degree, Nofziger was employed at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigera for two years. In December, 1974 he was hired as an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University. Nofziger has been a member of this department for 32 years and has demonstrated exemplary service in the areas of scholarly publications, involvement in and service to numerous professional organizations, training of undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctorial students, garnering external research funds and conducting research related to the movement of chemicals and water into soils. Nofziger has published 87 referred journal articles, computer software and related publications, 55 proceedings and abstracts and received over 1.7 million dollars in grants, during his career.

While at Purdue University, Nofziger learned computer programming and utilized it extensively in his graduate work and throughout his career. In 1978, he obtained funds from the Dean of Instruction to purchase the first microcomputer in the Agronomy department. He then programmed it to use in teaching soil physics and other applications. He also developed software and graphics routines and interfaced the computers to laboratory instruments . He enjoyed combining his love for math and physics with his interest in agriculture.

About the same year, he attended an NSF short course on utilizing computers to teach science. He got hooked on interactive programs and is well known around the country and the world for the interactive models he developed for modeling the movement of water and chemicals in soils and for decision support systems he developed cooperatively with other scientists. He taught courses in soil physics as well as computer programming and database management.

Nofziger has received many honors and awards including being elected as Fellow in ASA and SSSA in 1993 and 1994, respectively. He also served as Chair, S- 1, Soil Physics and Associate Editor for SSSA. He presented invited talks in China, Sweden, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia. He is inquisitive and enjoys learning about new areas of research. Dave and Ruby were married in 1968 and have two daughters and one grandson.  They plan to move to Homer, Alaska in May.