Welcome to Focus on the Foundation! With these pages, we begin a new column dedicated to ASABE Foundation news. In upcoming Resource issues, we will continue to highlight the work that the Foundation does to support the Society. Happy Anniversary This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award, one of many awards that support young professionals in ASABE. Created by Landis Boyd and Norman Scott, the award honors excellence in conducting and presenting research that builds the knowledge base needed to design the equipment, facilities, and processes for the sustainable operation of a biological system. The award also recognizes the unique, important relationship between a graduate student and his or her advisor. Boyd, a graduate student recruiter for Cornell University in the late 1950s, enticed Scott—a Washington State University, ink-not-yet-dry grad in agricultural engineering— to pursue further studies at Cornell. Boyd then served as Scott’s graduate advisor and mentor, and a lifelong friendship began. Marking a decade of the Boyd-Scott Award, as the new year begins we take a look at where the 2004 winners are today, ten years later. Catching up The Boyd-Scott Award has two categories: MS and PhD. The three winners profiled here were the MS finalists for 2004 and remain active in the Society today. Angela Green, the first-place recipient, is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and director of the Animal Welfare and Environmental Systems Laboratory. Green received the Boyd-Scott Award at the end of her MS work at the University of Kentucky. Her master’s degree focused on implementing technology to answer questions about the impacts of environmental management on physiological responses in horses during transport in hot weather. “Being recognized for excellence in this research at a critical juncture in my graduate studies helped to solidify my confidence in an academic career. The Boyd-Scott Award certainly helped in my navigation of career options,” says Green. The Society’s PAFS- 413 Animal Care and Welfare committee has grown in membership and participation because of Green’s enthusiasm, energy, and effort. “My role as an engineer is one that makes me unique in the field of animal welfare, and it affords me a different perspective on systems-thinking assessments and solutiondriven problem solving.” Runner-up in 2004, Michelle Soupir is an associate professor of Land and Water Resources Engineering in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. She holds an appointment in research, teaching, and service. Her career goal is to work toward improved water quality—in Iowa, the United States, and around the world. Soupir agrees that the Boyd-Scott Award offers a timely early-career boost. “This award gave me confidence that the research I was doing was important,” she says. “I have always been very proud of this achievement, and the plaque is still hanging in my office.” In addition to conducting research, Michelle has taught several courses and directed independent study projects focused on water quality and professional development. Recently, she completed work integrating water-related topics into several courses, raising awareness of environmental stewardship among students majoring in agricultural or biological systems engineering within the ISU ABE department. Hongyoung Jeon, 2004 third-place finisher, says the competition was a valuable experience. Now a senior application engineer at Dow AgroSciences LLC, he says that the very act of competing against his peers made him a better researcher, requiring him to explain and justify the value and impact of his work. Jeon says the experience offered new opportunities and ultimately changed his career path. “My life changed in many ways: I continued pursuing a graduate degree, and I worked as a post-doc research agricultural engineer at the USDA-ARS before joining Dow AgroSciences.” Hongyoung is currently an active member of the ASABE MS- 23/6 Application Systems committee. He encourages professionals and students alike to become involved in technical committees to strengthen their knowledge as well as contribute to continued advancement of the profession. Be inspired! ASABE awards, funded by gifts through the ASABE Foundation, change lives and enrich Society membership. For more information, visit www.asabe.org/foundation. ASABE member and Foundation Development Committee Chair Sylvia Schonauer, P.E., Principal Engineer, Advanced Innovation, W. K. Kellogg Institute, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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