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Searcy Begins Term as ASABE President

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017


St. Joseph, Michigan -- Stephen W. Searcy, PE, has taken office as 2017-2018 president of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), joining recently elected trustees Sreekala Bajwa, Brady D. Lewis, PE, and David L. Murray, as well as President-Elect Maury V. Salz, on the Society's governing board.

In his role as head of Texas A&M's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Searcy provides statewide administrative support and guidance for a faculty of 37 as they address the Land Grant University missions of teaching, research, and extension to serve the public good. His specific responsibilities include disciplinary leadership at the state, national, and international levels; establishing and reporting on prioritized goals for the department; assembling a high-performing, diverse, and inclusive faculty and staff; and communicating the contributions of the department to stakeholders and the public. His own research emphasis has been on intelligent machine systems. He is co-author of Precision Agriculture in the 21st Century: Geospatial and Information Technologies in Crop Management, and he has developed the biomass module concept for reducing logistics costs for biomass feedstock delivery. A 35-year member of ASABE, Searcy has served the Society in numerous role, most recently as treasurer and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He was elected an ASABE Fellow, the highest honor bestowed by the Society, in 2008.

Searcy will serve a one-year term as president.

Taking office as president-elect is Maury V. Salz, president of Claas Omaha, Inc, Omaha, Nebraska.

Also recently assuming ASABE office are three newly installed trustees. They include:

  • Sreekala Bajwa, Professor and chair, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
  • Brady D. Lewis, PE, Lead Design Engineer, CNH Industrial, Wichita, Kansas
  • David L. Murray, Director of Product Safety and Standards, AGCO Corporation, Hesston, Kansas

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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