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ASABE Foundation

Since 1987, the ASABE Foundation has provided you with opportunities to help build a legacy to ensure that agricultural and biological engineering continues to prosper. Funds administered by the ASABE Foundation are used for awards, scholarships and special projects. Awards are given to those who have made exemplary contributions to the work of ASABE and the professions served by our Society. Scholarships are granted to promising students enrolled in agricultural or biological engineering programs. Special purpose funds enable ASABE to capitalize on unique opportunities for growth in our professions and our Society. Please direct all Foundation-related questions to Darrin Drollinger.

The Foundation expresses its deepest appreciation to our Foundation donors.

James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award Fast-Tracked to Endowment 


Established in 2011, the James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award was fast-tracked to endowment by ASABE Fellow, Jim Gilley, his wife, Karen (photo on right), and their family. The award recognizes excellence in leadership by a head or chair of a biological and agricultural engineering department located in the United States. A retired department head, Gilley was inspired throughout his career by the examples of other department heads. He hopes the award will have a positive impact by recognizing the contributions of department heads on their respective programs and on the Society.

Click here to read Jim and Karen's story on the development of this award.

Click here to read more about the James R. & Karen A. Gilley Award.

Gifts  to support awards, programs and scholarships of your choice are welcome. Donate now.

Foundation Board of Trustees (2013-2014)

President: Robert J. Gustafson

Secretary: Darrin J. Drollinger

Treasurer: James K. Koelliker

Danielle D. Bellmer
Ruth S. Book              
Gary A. Clark               
Fadi A. Fathallah
John R. Fisher             
Awatif Hassan
Michael C. Hirschi
Terry A. Howell, Jr.                  
Tony Kajewski 
Ann L. Kenimer           
Yoshisuke Kishida
David L. Murray
Charles Ogborn
Zhongli Pan
Fred A Payne
John F. Reid
Sylvia L. Schonauer
Stephen Wayne Searcy
Kuan-Chong Ting
Jodie S. Wehrspann
Mary Leigh Wolfe

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Foundation Bylaws (.pdf)

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