In recognition of nearly half a century of contributions to the field of forestry and forestry education, Dr. David Hyink received the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award from Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.
After more than two decades, Hyink retired in 2007 as the scientific advisor and chief forestry scientist for Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands. During his tenure, Hyink played a major role in the development and implementation of forest stand growth and yield forecasting systems for loblolly pine, Douglas-fir and Western hemlock. In addition to this primary research, Hyink also managed additional cooperative research in silviculture, wood quality, and growth and yield.
Hyink’s academic contributions are extensive, with more than 55 academic publications, invited papers and presentations. Additionally, he has served as affiliate assistant professor and Weaver Lecturer at Auburn University, adjunct professor at the University of Idaho, affiliate professor at the University of Washington, and assistant professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
“As alumni of SFA, David and his wife Stephanie have an exemplary record of giving back by supporting forestry and education students with scholarships and promoting student success through career mentoring,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “David's distinguished professional career with Weyerhaeuser, combined with his significant contributions to society, makes him an outstanding role model for our students and an ambassador representing the long-standing success of SFA's forestry program.”
Hyink’s service to the forest industry includes, but is not limited to, membership on the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Response Research Program, as well as the Society of American Foresters.
“I am very honored and humbled by this award, as it not only recognizes and validates my career accomplishments but also shines a very valuable light on the impact the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture plays in the lifetime successes of its students,” Hyink said.
Hyink received a Bachelor and Master of Science in Forestry from SFA and a doctoral degree from Purdue University. He is the owner of Deerfield Consulting, which provides biometric and statistical support to clients in South Dakota.