This compilation was prepared as a tribute to Henry D. Bowen when he was
conferred emeritus status in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
at North Carolina State University. His students spread his influence across the
nation, especially in the southeast, and the world. Bowen’s creative influence
deeply affected the topics that his graduate students deemed worthy of pursuit
in their own careers. These research threads include topics that had intrigued
Henry in his own research—but also many other themes as well.
Henry Bowen urged his students to study broadly, but also deeply—in mathematics,
physics and chemistry as well as in the basic and applied areas of biology
and agriculture and the life sciences. His enthusiasm for life and for engineering
was contagious. His ingenious and creative approach to experimentation was reflected
in his course in the professional method that deeply enriched the careers
of his students. He had an instinct for sensing the heart of an unsolved problem
and then determining a path that would lead to a deeper understanding that led
to an engineering solution.
Henry Bowen’s mentoring makes clear the fundamental role and benefit that
judicious selection and hiring of faculty members plays in shaping the future
quality of a university department. Hopefully, this compilation will not only be
of interest to his many students, but also to university administrators who shape
the university to serve future generations of students and society.
Internet-First University Press
Biological and Agricultural Engineering; North Carolina State University