Ernest W. Tollner, PhD, PE

Ernest Tollner

Title: Professor of Engineering
Company: The University of Georgia
Location: Athens, Georgia, United States

Ernest Tollner, Professor of Engineering at The University of Georgia, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Tollner studied agricultural engineering at the University of Kentucky, and earned both a Bachelor of Science in 1972 and a Master of Science in 1974. He accepted a position as a research engineer at the university, transitioning to a teaching assistant position at Texas A&M University in 1976 and then starting as a research specialist at Auburn University in 1977. Dr. Tollner continued his academic pursuits, earning a PhD in agricultural engineering, waste management and water resources from Auburn University in 1981, and started working as an assistant professor at The University of Georgia. In 1985, he rose to the rank of associate professor, and 1991, he became a full professor of engineering at the university, a position he presently holds. In addition to his professorship, Dr. Tollner served as the university’s graduate coordinator from 1999 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2014.  Furthermore, he worked as the director of research and graduate programs from 2012 to 2014.

Dr. Tollner holds multiple certifications in his field, including being a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia since 1992 and a certified class III biological treatment plant operator since 1998. He has lent his expertise as a consultant to several organizations, including the Government of Newton County from 1995 to 1996 and the Land Use for Borrow Pit and Consequent Effects on Agricultural Productivity in 2015. Dr. Tollner has contributed to numerous published works in his field, including authoring two editions of “Introduction to Natural Resource Engineering” and contributing to more than 150 articles in professional journals. He has been recognized for his excellence with multiple awards, including presidential citations in 2011, 2014, 2017, and 2018, and he was named the Georgia Engineer of the Year in Education in 2019. In the coming years, he plans to retire, but remain engaged in his field and his church. As a further testament to his success, experience and stature, Dr. Tollner has been featured in the 29th edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in America.

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