Stacy L. Hutchinson | Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
Ph.D. - 1998, Kansas State University
M.S. - 1996, Kansas State University
B.S. - 1990, Montana State University
1042 Rathbone Hall
Stacy Hutchinson received a bachelor's in civil engineering from Montana State University and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1990. Following graduation, she served as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officer from 1991 to 1994 where she received the Army Achievement (AAM) and Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) for exemplary performance. In 1994, she started graduate school at K-State completing a master's in 1996 and a doctorate in 1998, both in civil Engineering. Upon completion of her doctoral degree, she worked as an environmental engineer for the Ecosystem Research Division of the Environmental Protection Agency in Athens, GA. She returned K-State as an assistant professor in biological and agricultural engineering in 2000. She was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and full professor in 2014. During this time, she served as the Interim Urban Water Institute Director from 2013 to 2015, a visiting professor at Ecole d’Ingénieurs Purpan, Toulouse, France in 2009–2010, and a Fulbright Specialist at the National Mining University, Dnipro, Ukraine in 2016.
Hutchinson’s research focuses on the use of vegetated systems for the mitigation of non-point source pollution, the development of sustainable stormwater and land management techniques, and the remediation of contaminated soil and water. She is working to develop new treatment technologies for improved water quality and quantity and sustainable water management practices that mitigate swings in water availability. She has received more than $3 million in research funding from various funding sources including the US Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and US Department of Agriculture. Major projects include an NSF-funded project on climate change and mitigation that involved looking at past climate and future climate predictions to develop climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for Kansas with particular emphasis on the agricultural sector. She led a team of researchers looking at precipitation changes as related to engineering design of runoff management systems. Her research team has also conducted extensive research at Fort Riley funded by the Department of Defense to develop sustainable land management strategies for military training lands. Hutchinson led the effort to relate hydrologic processes to land disturbances.
Hutchinson truly enjoys working with students to generate new knowledge and transferring that knowledge onto the next generation of engineering professionals. She has published more than 30 peer reviewed articles and given numerous invited talks. She is an active member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES). She received recognition for her efforts in 2005 as the ASABE Kansas Section Young Member of the Year, in 2006 as the ASABE Mid-Central Section Young Member of the Year, and in 2009 when she was part of a Mission Integration Award from the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. Additionally, she was named the ASABE Young Educator of the Year in 2007 and presented the Myers-Alford Memorial Teaching Award from Kansas State University in 2015. In 2016, she was a Fulbright Specialist at the National Mining University in Dnipro, Ukraine working to encourage the development of global solutions for water management. She enjoys international collaborations. In addition to her work with Ukraine, she also has strong collaborations with Ecole d’Ingénieurs Purpan, Toulouse, France, Jilin University, Changchun, China, and Three-Gorges University, Yichang, China.