The University of Arkansas has inducted Phil Tacker into the Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

Tacker is widely recognized for his engineering work specializing in irrigation system design and practices. He has worked with the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service since 1982 and is recognized for his expertise in soil and water related engineering and the practical application of efficient irrigation practices.

His work includes the use of publications, computer programs, presentations and actual “hands-on” demonstrations to aid row-crop, fruit and vegetable producers in Arkansas and surrounding states in the application of solutions for drainage and irrigation issues.

Tacker obtained both bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Arkansas. He is an active member of the Arkansas Section of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, where he has served in virtually every leadership capacity.

The state section of ASAE recognized him as the Outstanding Young Engineer in 1989 and Outstanding Engineer in 1997. Through ASAE he received an Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award in 1992 and an award for the Advancement of Surface Irrigation in 2004.

The Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural Engineering was founded in 2002 by the UA department of biological and agricultural engineering.

The academy's objectives are to strengthen the dedication of students to biological and agricultural engineering through personal and professional example, to recognize biological and agricultural engineers who bring honor to the field as practitioners and as citizens, to provide advisory guidance and counsel at the call of the department head, faculty or students, and to encourage personal, corporate, foundation, and government support to the University of Arkansas board of trustees for the benefit of the biological and agricultural department.