Resource Magazine — September/October 2012
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from the President
Tony Kajewski

E-I-O, the Next Verse

I am honored to be the president of ASABE. My first item of business is to thank Sonia Maassel Jacobsen for her leadership over the last year. She has taken every opportunity to promote the expertise of ASABE members, to strengthen the image of the Society, and to engage in outreach that increases the value of the profession. The E-I-O that she established as the focus of her presidency is of such clear value that I intend to retain it as a platform for my work in the coming year.

It is clear that agricultural and biological engineers have the Expertise to face the challenges of the world’s growing population. We are a diverse group, but basically we all work to provide food, water, fiber, and energy for the world. It is also clear that our Image is improving. A recent article in Forbes recommended our discipline as one of the top majors for college students to consider in the coming years. Why? Because no other profession grasps all the elements of the productivity problem, and because our profession is uniquely qualified to meet the needs of a changing world.

In recent years, we have established a public initiative— an Outreach—to carry our expertise to policymakers in Washington, D.C. We recently completed a marketing study to better reach professionals affiliated with our academic programs. Last year, a future-thinking committee was established to evaluate our organizational structure and ensure that we are meeting the needs of our members and potential members.

As ASABE president, I intend to promote outreach, and I encourage each of you to do the same. For a start, you can work with the schools in your community to promote science and engineering. You might also provide projects for senior design courses at a university, or mentor an ASABE preprofessional member. The rewards for engagement in these activities can be profound.

There are millions of people on this planet whose quality of life has been improved because of the innovative work of agricultural and biological engineers. But the need for our expertise grows greater every day. Together, working through ASABE, we will continue to build a better world and make a difference in people’s lives.