IA Names Edward M. Norum
2004 Person of the YearCareer Focuses on Advancing Irrigation Technology FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Sept. 28, 2004) , Edward M. Norum, the first executive director of the Center for Irrigation Technology, has been named 2004 Person of the Year by the Irrigation Association.
...Currently, Norum is overseeing construction of a new building that will greatly expand testing capabilities for the center at California State University, Fresno.Norum's professional career began in Hawaii , at the Hawaiian Sugar Planter's Association Experiment Station and Kohala Sugar Company , where he developed an overhead irrigation system for sugar cane.His
multi-disciplined approach to irrigation engineering has been at the forefront of his
pioneering efforts, including early experiments using subsurface drip on sugar cane.Before settling in California, Norum also worked at Lockwood Corp., a center pivot manufacturer in Nebraska. His
long career includes extensive experience overseas.Norum worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development on an irrigation restoration project in Jamaica.Norum
has represented the IA and the United States at the International Organization for Standardization
at meetings around the world, and he
has worked in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.Norum holds three patents for irrigation equipment and is active in the American Society of Agricultural Engineers as well as the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage.
...Norum, a professional engineer, is the technical "anchor" for Smart Water Application Technology, the Irrigation Association's program to gain acceptance for water-saving irrigation technology like weather-based controllers and moisture sensors. Norum
also brought something very special to the irrigation industry , daughter Kate Norum who works with her father at CIT