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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

ARS 50th Anniversary Celebration

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50th Anniversary

National Scientific Leadership Meeting and
Annual Recognition Program

Proud Past and Promising Future
January 21-23, 2004
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Marvin Jensen


Marvin JensenDr. Jensen has been very active in professional societies and international organizations. He served as Soil and Water Director (1980-82) and Technical Vice President (1983-86) of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers; member of the Executive Committee of the Irrigation and Drainage Division (1973-77) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Chairman (1976-77), and member of the ASCE Water Requirements Committee from 1965 to the present.

He served on several work groups and committees of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) from 1975 to 1987 and as President of ICID (1984-87). He has been a member of the U.S. Committee of ICID (USCID) since 1960, and served as a member of the its Executive Committee (1973-78) and as its Chairman in 1978. He was the U.S. Agency for International Development Liaison Officer to the International Irrigation Management Institute in Sri Lanka from 1990 to 1995. During his career, he traveled extensively in the U.S. and internationally.

As a consultant, he also worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Florida Atlantic University, the California Imperial Irrigation District, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's regional office in Boulder City, Nevada, the State of Wyoming, and the Solano County Water District in California.

He has published some 120-research papers in conference proceedings and peer-reviewed journals, and prepared numerous special study reports as a consultant.

Dr. Jensen has received numerous awards including induction into the ARS-USDA Science Hall of Fame (2000). He was elected honorary member of ASCE (1988), awarded a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, degree at NDSU (1988). He received a USDA Distinguished Service Award (1983), and the Irrigation Association Man of the Year Award, (1983).

Dr. Jensen and his wife reside in Fort Collins, Colorado where he plays golf several times a week during the season. They have three children, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


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