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2017 Class of ASABE Fellows Inducted

Date: Monday, July 24, 2017

2017 Fellows

Thirteen individuals of meritorious professional achievement were recently inducted as Fellows of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

The grade of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed by the Society. It honors members of extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to the field of agricultural, food, or biological systems engineering. In addition to meritorious achievement, individuals must have a minimum of 20 years of engineering practice or teaching and 20 years as a member in ASABE. 

The newly elected Fellows, listed below, were inducted at a ceremony held recently at ASABE's 2017 Annual International Meeting, in Spokane, Washington.

Editor's note: photos from the ceremony can be obtained from Dolores Landeck. Full biographies and Individual portraits can be downloaded by following the links provided in each entry below.

Sreekala G. Bajwa, department chair and professor, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, was recognized for her outstanding research contributions in remote sensing in precision agriculture, stakeholder engagement, academic leadership, and service to the profession. Full biography Portrait

Edward M. Barnes, senior director, Agricultural and Environmental Research Division, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, North Carolina, was honored for his dedication to advancing the cotton industry and the agricultural and biological engineering profession. Full biography Portrait

Christopher L. Butts, PE, agricultural engineer, National Peanut Research Laboratory, USDA – ARS, Dawson, Georgia, earned distinction for his career leadership in postharvest processing of peanuts reducing costs while preserving quality throughout the value chain. Full biography Portrait

Mark E. Casada, PE, agricultural engineer and lead scientist, USDA-ARS, Manhattan, Kansas, was recognized for his superior contributions to science and education related to the areas of grain aeration, modeling, and storage. Full biography Portrait

Indrajeet Chaubey, professor and head, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, earned distinction for his outstanding achievements in ecohydrology, nonpoint source pollution modeling, and watershed management. Full biography Portrait

Michael D. Dukes, PE, professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, director of the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, was honored for impactful and relevant research and extension in water conservation of irrigated systems. Full biography Portrait

Michael C. Hirschi, PE, professor emeritus, agricultural and biological engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the education of young engineers through teaching, advising, mentoring, and accreditation activities. Full biography Portrait

Bryan Jenkins, professor and chair, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California – Davis, earned recognition for exceptional contributions to the development and optimization of biomass and other renewable resources, through research, teaching, and professional service. Full biography Portrait

Irenilza de Alencar Nääs, PE, professor, Paulista University, Sao Paulo, Brazil, was honored for her international leadership, research, teaching, and extension programs in livestock housing. Full biography Portrait

Erdal Ozkan, professor, Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, earned distinction for his internationally recognized scholarly accomplishments and educational materials developed resulting in the improvement of agrichemical application technology and practice. Full biography Portrait

Dana Osborne Porter, PE, professor and extension agricultural engineering specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service; Extension Program Leader and Associate Department Head, Texas A&M University Department of Biological Agricultural Engineering, Lubbock, Texas, was recognized for her dedicated service toward the advancement of the agricultural and biological engineering profession. Full biography Portrait

Sylvia L. Schonauer, PE, retired principal engineer, Advanced Innovation, Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, Michigan, was honored for her leadership and creativity in the development and implementation of food processing technologies and tireless mentoring of young aspiring professionals. Full biography Portrait

Leon G. Schumacher, professor and chair, agricultural systems management, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, was recognized for his pioneering research that positioned biodiesel as a biorenewable transportation fuel and for his development of new curricula in applied engineering. Full biography Portrait

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