Innovator of the Year

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Subsurface Water Retention Technology (SWRT)

Dr. Alvin Smucker

Professor of Soil Biophysics in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Dr. Smucker’s research focuses on water retention of soils, particularly the application of subsurface water retention technologies. Drawing on decades of research on plant root systems, Dr. Smucker filed seven invention disclosures with MSU since 1981, earning three patents to-date. His innovative method of improving water retention, especially for sandy soils in arid regions, reduces irrigation demands, and boosts the efficacy of traditional agricultural practices.

MSU Technologies is pleased to recognize Dr. Smucker and his team for their research and innovations.