Roy Young retiring as head of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Posted: May 14, 2010

After 12 years as head of Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Roy Young is retiring effective July 1.
Roy Young

Roy Young

“I am grateful for the experience of assuming leadership in 1998 of an already outstanding faculty, staff and student team that has demonstrated extraordinary capacity to excel to higher levels of excellence," Young said.

"After a metamorphosis leading to accreditation of a new Biological Engineering program, an eight-year period of sustained enrollment growth of more than 225 percent has transpired since 2002, even through challenges of three budget cuts, lost faculty positions and aging facilities."

Young came to Penn State from Clemson University, where he was a professor of agricultural and biological engineering. Before arriving at Clemson, he worked as section manager of horticultural engineering in the Research and Development Center at Weyerhaeuser Company in Federal Way, Wash.

Previously, he was an assistant professor of agricultural engineering at Auburn University, worked as a research engineer at North Carolina State University and was a scientific guest at the Max-Planck Institute in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

Young earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University, and he received his master's degree in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University. He has been a registered professional engineer since 1976.

An accomplished researcher, Young's work has resulted in five patents, including three for automated systems for plant micropropagation.

Young and his wife Ann have two sons and a daughter. One son and the daughter are Penn State graduates.