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New Faces of ASABE

New Faces of ASABE: Nominations Now Open for Professionals and College Edition!

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New Faces of ASABE recognizes the outstanding talents and passions of the rising generation of engineering leaders, whose work is already having significant impact on public welfare around the globe. The program has two categories: College Edition, for undergraduates, and Professionals, for engineering graduates 35 years of age and younger.

ASABE offers its College Edition winner a $1000 scholarship. Download, complete, and submit the short nomination form. A few minutes could earn you some cash and a nice addition to your professional resume! (Not an undergraduate?, click here to learn about the Professionals edition of New Faces of ASABE.)

New Faces of ASABE – College Edition “Where are they now?

ASABE members are amazing people.  They work to solve some of the biggest challenges that we face – how are we going to provide enough food, feed, fiber, clean water, and clean energy in a way that uses our resources responsibly and sustainably for generations to come?  The group highlighted below is no exception.  They are providing solutions to these challenges, and because of their dedication to the agricultural and biological engineering profession, have all represented ASABE as a New Face of ASABE.  Oh, yeah, and did we mention – they were all still in college at the time they were recognized for their contributions to the profession? We caught up with each of these New Faces of ASABE and asked them to tell us what they are doing now, and what being named as a New Face of ASABE has meant to them.

Rebecca Chin (2013), Technical Instructor, Southeast Community College/John Deere Canada ULC

Since New Faces, Rebecca completed a Master of Science in Bioresource Engineering at McGill University where her thesis topic addressed ‘Multimedia approaches to technology transfer in developing countries.’  She studied the effectiveness of different media to transfer technical information. Rebecca has continued to pair her technical curiosity with her work in the realm of education.  As a Technical Instructor, Rebecca delivers technical overview, diagnostics and in-field courses to dealership technicians to improve their skills so that they can more effectively service agricultural machinery.

 

When asked what being recognized as a New Face of ASABE meant to her, Rebecca responded with “Being recognized as ASABE’s New Face was both humbling and encouraging. I was humbled to be recognized for work that I believed was worthwhile, and was appreciative of the positive attention from ASABE. It encouraged me to continue to work in agricultural and biological systems engineering to help feed the world.”

Max Wallace (2014), Staff Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants

In his work with Geosyntec Consultants, Max develops custom GIS tools for a county public works to evaluate and prioritize their storm water infrastructure based on physical characteristics (e.g., pipe size, material, condition) and proximity to places of interest (e.g., hospitals, evacuation routes, shelters, flood zones).  The GIS tools Max developed can continually be updated as more data become available and more structures added.  Additionally, Max has developed BMP calculator tools to help size modular wetland BMPs based on desired capture efficiency and site conditions (e.g., size limitations, catchment area, time of concentration, % directly connected impervious area (DCIA), non-DCIA curve  number, and rainfall zone). The calculator also provides the user with inputs required by other models used in the permitting process. This calculator is based on over 2000 EPA SWMM simulations.  Max is currently looking forward to beginning a new project on a watershed management plan for the Southwest Florida Water Management district.

For Max, receiving “The New Faces [of ASABE] recognition has pushed me to do my best in research and work and reminded me of the importance of sharing my experiences. Whether presenting my work to a client or encouraging the next generation of students, I strive to communicate my passion for engineering.”

Jonathan Overton (2015), PhD Student, Purdue University

Prior to starting in his PhD program in Fall 2017, Jonathan completed his BS degree from Oklahoma State University and his MS degree from the University of Maine.  While at the University of Maine, he evaluated the performance of Liquid-Gated Membranes (LGMs) to passively recover flux during a resting step, as well as the ability of LGMs to reduce the adhesion strength of some common bacterial foulants.  This technology could help reduce membrane fouling in water filtration processes.  Jonathan also worked to create surfaces for localized, controlled adhesion of bacteria.

Jonathan reflected on being a New Face of ASABE, saying, “Being recognized as an ASABE New Face was a great source of encouragement to me. It showed that my dedication to coursework, involvement in ASABE, and attempts to be a leader in the Oklahoma State University Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering had been noticed by my professors. I also feel that it adds a strong boost to my resume and academic record.”

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