David Weindorf is the B.L. Allen Endowed Professor of Pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Science. A nationally-recognized expert in land-use planning and a Fulbright Scholar, Weindorf joins the highly successful agricultural academic unit after serving six years at Louisiana State University. The Austin native is particularly interested in the development of new applications for portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectrometry. One of his primary goals at Texas Tech is to strengthen collaborative research efforts using new technologies such as PXRF, visible near infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (VisNIR DRS), electromagnetic induction, and remote sensing techniques.
Weindorf joins Texas Tech’s faculty after serving as an associate professor and assistant professor of soil classification/land use at LSU. Prior to that, he served as an assistant professor of soil science at Tarleton State University. In addition, he served as coach of the intercollegiate soils judging teams at Tarleton State and LSU. He received his bachelor’s degree in range management, a master’s degree in soil science, and doctorate in agronomy from Texas Tech. Awards for Weindorf include: USDA-NRCS National Cooperative Soil Survey’s Eagle Award (2012); LSU Gamma Sigma Delta’s Agricultural Teacher Honor Role (2011); Fulbright Scholar at Universitatea de Ştiinţe Agricole şi Medicină Veterinară in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2011).