In January of 2013, Oregon State University, with assistance from the OTF and other industry representatives, aided in the hiring of the new Turfgrass Professor, Dr. Alec Kowalewski. Dr. Kowalewski received his Master’s and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Oregon State University as the Turfgrass Specialist, Kowalewski taught at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and worked as a Research Scientist at the University of Georgia Turf Breeding Program in Tifton, GA. Kowalewski has also served as a resident consultant at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China and a Briggs & Stratton Yard Smarts expert. Dr. Kowalewski has been a guest lecturer on a state, national and international level and has released several publications related to golf, sports and municipal turf management. His research background includes organic week control, sports turf management, sod production, pre- and post- emergent herbicide use, golf green management and the development of sustainable turfgrass cultivars.