History

Dr. Winston Strong

Winston Strong Denver 1961Doc Strong began pioneering sprinkler testing work at Fresno State over 60 years ago and taught for 34 years in the Plant Science and Mechanized Agriculture department (from 1940-1974). Through the AgOne Foundation, he established the Dr. Winston Strong Endowment Fund. Dr. Strong passed away in 1999 at the age of 90.

Sprinkler Test Station

Fresno State has a long history of sprinkler and equipment testing. Dr. Winston Strong established the Sprinkler Test Station in 1953 at what was then known as Fresno State College.

Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT)

The Center for Irrigation Technology was formally organized on April 9, 1980 “in recognition of the vital role played by irrigation technology in the welfare of the citizens of the state and the world.”

solar arrayPictured on the left is first CIT director Edward Norum with current director David Zoldoske checking a solar array for use in irrigation in 1982.