Donald William Fryrear

Donald Fryrear

Title: Agricultural Engineer, Researcher
Company: Custom Products & Consulting
Location: Big Spring, Texas, United States

Donald Fryrear, Agricultural Engineer and Researcher at Custom Products & Consulting, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in agricultural engineering.

An award-winning professional engineer, Mr. Fryrear has nearly 60 years of experience. Throughout his career, he has performed research that has allowed him to make an impact on his field. Most notably, he developed a graded furrow concept for controlling water erosion, developed techniques for analyzing field erosion data, designed and constructed seven wind tunnels, and designed the first field equipment for measuring wind erosion. The highlight of Mr. Fryrear’s career was developing equipment during his time with the USDA, which went on to be used on every continent on Earth. As a result of this effort, the USDA was asked to modify this equipment to see if they can construct a piece of equipment that can be used to measure the amount of dust being eroded on the planet Mars.

A respected leader in his field, Mr. Fryrear has served as a consultant in agricultural engineering since 2011. He was a research leader from 1965 to 1997, a research engineer from 1962 to 1965, and an engineer from 1959 to 1962. In addition, he was an erosion consultant for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in South Africa and Tunisia, and a project leader for the development of the Revised Wind Erosion Equation.

Before establishing his career, Mr. Fryrear earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering from Colorado State University in 1959 and a Master of Science in agricultural engineering from Kansas State University in 1962. Mr. Fryrear has been involved with numerous industry organizations, including as a former president for the American Society of Agronomy, a former associate editor of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, former charter president of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and member of The New York Academy of Sciences. As he looks to the future, Mr. Fryrear intends to continue consulting while taking on new opportunities and projects.

In recognition of his professional excellence, Mr. Fryrear was the recipient of a Southwest Directors Citation from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and an appreciation award from Howard College. In addition, he was named a fellow of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Mr. Fryrear credits his achievements to his passion for his work and the education that has allowed him to have a strong foundation of industry knowledge and history.

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