Recognition for Towcester engineer’s contribution to his field

Dr Steve Parkin receiving his honorary fellowship from the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.
Dr Steve Parkin receiving his honorary fellowship from the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.

An agricultural engineer from near Towcester is celebrating after receiving an honorary fellowship in recognition of his contribution to the field.

Dr Steve Parkin, from Pottersbury, has been made an honorary fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers in recognition of the service he has given over 25 years.

Presenting the award, Alastair Taylor IAgrE CEO said: “Steve fully justifies the award of honorary fellow.

“He is an established agricultural engineer with a wide experience of research, development and training, particularly relating to agricultural chemical applications – a field in which he continues to be recognised as an international expert.

“Steve’s contribution is massive. As well as being a proven engineer, his contribution to the Institution includes managing editor of our journal Biosystems Engineering and chair of our membership committee.”

Steve began his agricultural engineering career working at Cranfield University, where he was involved in research contracts and training concerned with pesticide spraying, particularly using aircraft. He moved to Silsoe College as a senior lecturer and became assistant director of research before joining the Chemical Application Group at Silsoe Research Institute.

He has supervised more than 12 research students who have successfully achieved doctoral qualifications and has authored 60 scientific publications and two book chapters.

He has also worked on a wide range of projects that have included the application of herbicides to railways, of disinfectants in food processing plants and the development techniques to quantify sprayer performance.