Engineering Professor Emeritus Named Member of Prestigious Soil Science Society of America

Arthur T. Corey, emeritus professor at Colorado State University, has been named a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, a prestigious honor bestowed each year on a small percentage of the organization’s 6,000 members.

Corey received the honor this fall at the organization’s annual meeting held in conjunction with the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America in Indianapolis, Ind. He is one of 14 Fellows named in 2006.

"Art Corey is an extraordinary individual," said Sandra Woods, dean of the College of Engineering at Colorado State. "He was responsible for much of the earliest groundwater research, and his contributions helped determine the development of the groundwater discipline."

Corey worked as a civil engineer at Colorado State from 1956 to 1958 before becoming a founding member of the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. He returned to Colorado State in 1962 as a professor of agricultural engineering and served there until 1977. After stints at universities in Oregon, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Michigan and Alabama, he returned to Colorado State in 1994 as a faculty affiliate and professor emeritus.

Corey obtained his master’s degree at Colorado State (then Colorado A&M) and his doctoral degree at Rutgers University. He began his professional career as a physicist in the petroleum industry. His research and teaching at Colorado State was in multi-phase flow in soils and porous rocks, ground water hydraulics, irrigation, agricultural drainage and engineering mechanics.

Colorado State gives the Arthur T. Corey Scholarship Award each year to a graduate student who shows interest in agricultural or environmental engineering and demonstrates financial need and merit.

The Soil Science Society of America has selected outstanding members to the position of Fellow since 1936. Colleagues nominate worthy members, and the ASA Fellows Committee ranks the nominees to make the final selection.