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Andrew S. McNitt
Professor of Soil Science/Turfgrass

Contact Information

116 Ag.Science and Industries Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802

Office: 814-863-1368

Lab Phone: 814-364-2792

Fax: 1 814-863-7043



Dr. McNitt has been with the Pennsylvania State University for 30 years.

He is presently Director of Penn State's Center for Sports Surface Research ( where he conducts research relating to athletic field surface characterization and golf green construction and maintenance.

Dr. McNitt is also the Program Coordinator for the 4-year turfgrass science major and the Basic & Advanced Certificate as well as the Associate, Bachelors, and Masters of Professional Studies Programs offered through Penn State's World Campus Online Learning. In 2010 he was inducted into Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences Academy of Teaching Excellence.

Dr. McNitt has been honored nationally by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, The Musser International Turfgrass Foundation, The Crop Science Society of America, The American Society of Agronomy, and the Sports Turf Managers Association.

He has consulted on numerous golf course construction and renovation projects and athletic fields construction and renovation at all levels of play from high school through professional sports complexes.

Dr. McNitt is currently the technical adviser to the NFL Groundskeepers Organizaton and serves on several committees at the League level.

Educational Background

  • B.S. Horticulture, Pennsylvania State University, 1983
  • M.S. Agronomy, Pennsylvania State University, 1993
  • Ph.D. Soil Science, Pennsylvania State University, 2000

Professional Background

  • Associate County Agriculture agent - Philadelphia - 1984 - 1991
  • Research Support Associate - 1991 - 1993
  • Turfgrass Project Associate - 1993 - 1997
  • Faculty Instructor Turfgrass - 1998 - 1999
  • Assistant Professor Soil Science - Turfgrass - 2000 - 2006
  • Associate Professor of Soil Science - Turfgrass - 2006 -2011
  • Professor of Soil Science - Turfgrass 2011 - Present

Principal Areas of Research Activity

  • Sports Turf playing surface characterization
  • Testing Athletic Field Design
  • USGA Greens Construction Method