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Kathryn L. “Kitt” Farrell-Poe is a Department Head, Extension Specialist, and Professor in the Biosystems Engineering (BE) Department at the University of Arizona. She was the first woman to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she emphasized water quality and quantity. Her Master’s degree program in Agricultural Engineering at Purdue focused on containment of pesticide contaminated rinse water; and during her Ph.D. program in Civil (Environmental) Engineering also at Purdue University, she concentrated on industrial wastewater treatment. Dr. Farrell-Poe joined the Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Department as their first female faculty member and has been with the University of Arizona for over 20 years. She became the department’s first female department head in 2014. Her Extension program focuses on onsite wastewater treatment education for practitioners, regulators, and homeowners. She also teaches Master Gardeners about landscape irrigation. She teaches courses for the BE Department including an online course on onsite waste water treatment.
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“Biosphere 2 is an amazing resource for the University of Arizona. Science accomplished in its biospheres will solve some of the world’s most thorny, complex challenges including feeding people on earth and in space. As an engineer, I value Biosphere 2 because it provides an opportunity to test out new methods, technologies, and strategies (that worked in the lab) before implementing them in our natural world.”
2020 Founding Fellow