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College Honors Four Outstanding Alumni

Four alumni have been named 2018 Outstanding Alumni. The award recognizes alumni for their achievements and provides opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty.

The award recognizes alumni for their achievements and provides opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students, and other alumni. The recipients will also be inducted into the Armsby Honor Society, which was created to honor alumni and friends who have demonstrated a commitment to the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Wayne Martenas '74 Ag Engr, of Lititz, Pa., spent 38 years with Case New Holland (now CNH Industrial), the second largest global designer and manufacturer of farm equipment, working in Belgium, England, Canada, Chicago, and Lancaster. After a merger to form CNH in 1999, Martenas was instrumental in driving the standardization of global engineering processes across more than 20 locations around the world. He is a named inventor on 17 U.S. and European patents. He retired as vice president of security and facilities of CNH in 2012.

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Wayne Martenas

David Clark '94g Hort, of Gainesville, Fla., is internationally known for his innovative work in both basic and applied plant science and for his ability to take new technologies to the consumer marketplace. He holds seven U.S. patents, 26 U.S. plant patents with four more pending, and seven U.S. trademarks. His groundbreaking work in functional genomics led to the largest publicly available DNA sequence database in the world for his model species petunia. He is currently a professor of horticultural biotechnology and genetics at the University of Florida.

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David Clark

Christine Christian '85 Microbio, '91g Food Sci, of Prunedale, Ca., has enjoyed an exemplary 20-year career in the produce industry. She spent the first decade of her career in progressively more responsible positions at Fresh Express Inc., where she managed a retail premium salad line valued at $450 million, developed and introduced new product lines, and led quality-improvement initiatives. In 2003, she took a position with the California Strawberry Commission, an industry-funded state government agency. She has been senior vice president of the commission since 2013, overseeing financial reporting and domestic and international marketing programs.

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Christine Christian

In the mere six years since Douglas T. Masser '12 Ag & Ext Ed earned his degree, he has become a valued teacher, prolific author and presenter, sought-after facilitator, and exemplary leader in agricultural education across the Commonwealth. In 2014, Masser became an agriscience teacher--and eventually agriculture department chair--at Pequea Valley High School. In 2017, Masser was named Outstanding Young Member of the Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators., and other alumni.

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Douglas T. Masser

The recipients will also be inducted into the Armsby Honor Society, which was created to honor alumni and friends who have demonstrated a commitment to the College of Agricultural Sciences.