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Stout Receives Inaugural Lalit and Aruna Verma Award

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Stout_VermaSt Joseph, Michigan--Bill S. Stout, PE, ASABE FELLOW, was named inaugural recipient of the Lalit and Aruna Verma Award for Excellence in Global Engagement, for 50 years of sustained contributions to the profession through a variety of international assignments and endeavors. The award was presented at a luncheon held at the 2017 ASABE Annual International Meeting, in Spokane, Washington.

The eponymously named Lalit and Aruna Verma Award for Excellence in Global Engagement recognizes outstanding contributions made toward global advancement and recognition of the profession of agricultural and biological engineering, and excellence in global engagement and international education, outreach, and research. Lalit Verma is a Fellow and past president of ASABE. The award was endowed in 2016 and will be presented annually.

Stout’s long career in engineering has shown him to be a leader with a broad and deep impact on agricultural engineering with an emphasis on international development. He has continually encouraged agricultural engineers to think beyond their individual studies and projects to tackle broader issues including poverty, illiteracy, and unequal income distribution. As president of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR), he led in taking large strides in thinking beyond individual projects to practical solutions to interdisciplinary international problems.

Stout is also an accomplished researcher. His work on once-over mechanical cucumber harvesters resulted in two patents and a prototype that was licensed to a commercial manufacturer. To commemorate these advances, an ASABE Historic Landmark plaque was installed in Farrall Hall at Michigan State University. He has also focused much of his attention on renewable energy as a means of limiting global pollution, and several of his books deal with this topic.

Stout is a 62-year member of ASABE and was elected a Fellow in 1980. A full biography can be found by following this link.

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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