Dr Engle is the first recipient to receive the award for a second time. She was also honored in 2004. It adds to a list of other industry awards, including the prestigious Catfish Farmers of America Researcher of the Year award in 2003.
"I deeply appreciate this honor. While this work is part of my job, it means a great deal to be recognized by the aquaculture industry," said Dr. Engle.
Named in honor of Joseph P. McCraren, the first chairman and executive director of the NAA, in recognition of his service to the association and the industry, the award was presented during the Aquaculture America 2008 meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Outstanding CommittmentDr. Jacquelyn W. McCray, dean and director of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences at UAPB, said Dr. Engle is an outstanding professional and administrator.
"The aquaculture industry in Arkansas is fortunate to have her leadership and contributions via the UAPB Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence," she added.
Pine Bluff's Aquaculture/Fisheries Center includes 19 scientists, faculty and Extension specialists and 24 full-time research and Extension support staff. It is a research and Extension center dedicated to the development and transfer of timely, problem-solving information. Its primary mission is to respond to immediate and future needs of the state’s aquaculture industry and fisheries and aquatic resource managers through quality research and Extension programs.
Apart from her directorship of the center Dr Engle has also published more than 70 papers in refereed international journals, a recent book on aquaculture economics and more than 30 book chapters.