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ASABE Award Winners Honored

Date: Tuesday, August 01, 2017

St Joseph, Mich--The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently presented awards for outstanding technical and professional achievements.  The following individuals were honored at the 2017 ASABE Annual International Meeting, held recently in Spokane, Washington.

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BILL A. STOUT, PE, ASABE FELLOW, is the inaugural recipient of the Lalit an dAruna Verma Award for Excellence in Global Engagement, for 50 years of sustained contributions to the professio nthrough a variety of international assignments and endeavors. Full biography

DIGVIR S. JAYAS, PEng, ASABE Fellow, University of Manitoba, is the 2017 recipient of the Sukup Global Food Security Award, for his exceptional research and teaching career, which has enhanced grain preservation throughout the world. Full Biography

DANNY H. ROGERS, PE, ASABE Fellow, Kansas State University, is the 2017 recipient of the Heermann Sprinkler Irrigation Award for research and extension work on sprinkler irrigation in the Great Plains region. Full Biography

RICHARD BYLER, USDA-ARS, is the recipient of the 2017 Mayfield Cotton award in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the cotton-ginning industry and significant research contributions to moisture management and process control. Full Biography

VIJAY P. SINGH, PE, Texas A&M University, is the recipient of the 2017 ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award for his pioneering contributions to soil and water engineering, specifically in modeling watersheds, infiltration, and evapotranspiration, as well as drought hydrology and surface irrigation. Full Biography

JERRY WILLE, PE, ASABE Fellow, Curry-Wille & Associates, is the recipient of the 2017 Henry Giese Structures and Environment Award for eproviding a long and sustained positive impact to the structures and environment field, and to ASABE. Full Biography

CURTIS L. WELLER, PE, ASABE Fellow, is the recipient of the 2017 PEI Professional Engineer of the Year Award for championing agricultural and biological engineerig licensure and value-added processing of agricultural commodities. Full Biography.

STEVEN K. MICKELSON, Iowa State University, is recipient of the James R. & Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award for distinguished leadership in advancing the rogram, facilities, personnel, enrollments, and ranking of the Iowa State University agricultural and biosystems engineerig department. Full Biography

PAUL AYERS, PE, University of Tennessee, is the recipient of the 2017 SMV Technologies Ergonomics, Safety, and Health Award for solving issues surrounding the retrofitting and adaptation of rollover protective structures (ROPS) on tractors and for improving ROPS technology and developing solutions for all machine types. Full Biography

EDUARDO BAUTISTA, USDA-ARS, is the recipient of the 2017 Award for the Advancement of Surface Irrigation for leadership and vision in implementing software to advance surface irrigation technology. Full Biography

KATI MIGLIACCIO, PE, University of Florida, is recipient of the 201T GB Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award for superior research and extension programs fostering water conservation by irrigation in the eastern US. Full Biography

YRJÖ H. ROOS, University College Cork (Ireland), is the 2017 recipient of the International Food Engineering Award for use of glass transitions and state diagrams in food engineering as fundamental tools for processing and stability control. Full Biography

G.S. VIJAYA RAGHAVAN, ASABE Fellow, McGill University, is the recipient of the 2017 Kishida International award for dedication to promoting agricultural and biological engineering internationally. Full Biography

JIUSHENG LI, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, is recipient of the 2017 Netafim Award for Advancements in Microirrigation for outstanding research in microirrigation management to enhance crop productivity while conserving evironmental quality. Full Biography

RICHARD J. STRAUB, PE, ASABE Fellow, University of Wisconsin–Madison, is the recipient of the 2017 Evelyn E. Rosentreter Standards award in recognition of his leadership in continuing the accreditation and growth of the ASABE Standards program Full Biography

CHANGYING (CHARLIE) LI, RUI XU, AND PENGCHENG YU were honored with the 2017 Rain Bird Engineering Concept of the Year Award for the second-generation Berry Impact Recording Device (BIRD II), a novel sensor to quantitatively measure mechanical impacts on blueberries creaed by machine harvesting, packing lines, and transportation vehicles. Full Description

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300, emailing, or visiting

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