June 21, 2018

CONTACT:    Dr. Robert DeOtte, 806-651-8780, rdeotte@wtamu.edu

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU’s DeOtte Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


CANYON, Texas—Dr. Robert DeOtte, professor of civil and environmental engineering at West Texas A&M University, is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management.Dr. Robert DeOtte with Lori Miller, USDA APHIS

The award recognizes DeOtte and his continued leadership and excellence in program planning, delivery and evaluation of animal mortality management and his commitment to the mission of the symposium. He was an early partner with APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) in trying to shift policy away from depopulation of all infected and exposed animals in responses to highly infectious livestock diseases, such as FMD, which would be especially catastrophic in Texas.

DeOtte was described as a leader in state and federal activities to improve animal disease outbreak response as well as his continued work to educate the next generation of scientists, engineers, policy makers and responders. DeOtte’s many contributions have helped the United States be better prepared and respond more effectively during animal disease outbreaks.

Participants from around the world traveled to Amarillo in early June for the sixth annual International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management. Hosts for the event included West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension and USDA Agricultural Research Service—Bushland and was produced in collaboration with worldwide academia, industry and government partners.

DeOtte joined the WTAMU faculty in 2005.


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Arn Womble
on 7.2.2018

Congratulations! Lots of hard work and well-deserved.

on 6.25.2018

Many Congrats, Dr. DeOtte.