IA honors Nolletti, Zoldoske

November 8, 2013 -  By

The Irrigation Association presented its annual awards Nov. 7, at the 2013 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Austin.

Vince Nolletti of Paige Electric Co. in Fresno, Calif., was named the honoree of the Industry Achievement Award. This award was established in 1966 and recognizes an individual whose career demonstrates outstanding contributions to the advancement of the irrigation industry.

Nolletti is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the industry, which include introducing the first commercially available microprocessor-based irrigation controllers, the KCS system and increasing awareness of best management practices for electrical aspects of irrigation systems. He has been actively involved in several IA committees since the late 1990s, and he currently serves on the Irrigation Foundation Board of Trustees.

The Person of the Year Award went to David Zoldoske, Ph.D., CID, at the Center for Irrigation Technology, California State University, Fresno. Established in 1952, this honor is awarded to a person outside of the commercial irrigation industry who has made outstanding contributions toward the acceptance of sound irrigation practices or policies.

Zoldoske has been a strong leader in the irrigation industry for many years at the national and international level. Some of his most notable contributions include serving as project director for the establishment of the Zimbabwe Irrigation Technology Center and representing the U.S. in the development of international equipment standards. As the director of the Center for Irrigation Technology,  Zoldoske has established the center as an internationally renowned irrigation testing facility that’s now the primary testing lab for WaterSense-labeled irrigation products. He also served on the IA Executive Committee for five years and was president from 2004 to 2005.

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