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Gold Medal Awards Presented

Date: Tuesday, August 01, 2017

ST JOSEPH, MICHIGAN--Scott A. Shearer, Ann D. Christy, and Qin Zhang were recently honored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) with Gold Medal awards, among the highest honors bestowed by the organization.

The awards, presented at the 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting, in Orlando, Florida, were as follows. Click on links for full biographies. Click here to request hi-resolution photos.

DeereQin Zhang, is the recipient of the 2017 John Deere Gold Medal Award, for his contributions in applying science to the soil with automation technology for plant production. Zhang is a professor in the biological systems engineering department and is director of the Center for Precision and automated Agricultural Systems, both at Washington State University. Full biography

McCormickScott A. Shearer, PE, ASABE Fellow, is the recipient of the 2017 Cyrus Hall McCormick Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal Award, for development of machinery engineering technology an dinnovative futuristic concepts tha tshape precision farming systems. Shearer is a professor and chair of the Department of Food, Agricultureal, and Biological engineering at The Ohio State University, administering academic, outreach, and research programs on the Columbus and Wooster campus. Full biography

MasseyAnn D. Christy, PE, is the recipient of the 2017 Massey-Ferguson Educational Gold Medal Award, in recognition of her sustained and substantial contributions and impact on engineering education through excellence in scholarship, instruction, service, and mentoring. Christy is a professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University, where she also serves as assistant dean for teaching and learning at the College of Engineering. Full biography

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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