Terry A. Howell 2015-02-23 23:24:46
Engaging Challenges This issue of Resource is the final installment of a two-part special focus: Feed the World in 2050. In the November/December 2014 magazine, Society members— John Schueller, Nicolas Kiggundu, Otto Doering, Bruce Dale—and aligned colleagues shared their thoughts on how we need to engage to feed a projected 9+ billion global population. The critical thinking continues on these pages. ASABE members underscore that the challenge involves a globally collaborative and interdisciplinary endeavor, where ag and bio engineers will be engaged as game changers. Linus Opara in South Africa, Chandra Madramootoo in Canada, Dick Godwin and Simon Blackmore in the U.K., Theodor Friedrich in Cuba, Markus Demmel in Germany, Josse De Baerdemaeker in Belgium, and others from Australia, Brazil, Haiti, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the U.S.—all weigh in. Wherever I travel as your president, the greatest global challenge ever faced is constantly set before me. I am excited to see the dialogue continue and thank Tony Grift for his gracious overseeing as guest editor. In light of this challenge and others, one of the most important things we can do is inspire and engage the next generation of engineers. As the organizational co-chair of Engineers Week 2015, ASABE has had many responsibilities and diverse opportunities to serve during activities associated with this premier event for promoting engineering. Our members did an outstanding job filling needs for Future City judging at the regional and national levels. They generously committed to supporting Family Day and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. We can be proud of the exposure ASABE received, but most of all, we applaud Society members who engaged in E-week to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism. Keep up the good work! When this Resource hits your desk (or tablet or phone), ASABE members and staff will be in high gear planning for the Annual International Meeting in New Orleans. The 2015 AIM will bring many opportunities for members to engage with each other—sharing technical progress across our profession, learning more about enhancements of our impact on globally relevant concerns, and becoming acquainted with improvements of Society governance. I hope you are making plans now to attend. In closing, I want to encourage ASABE members about to take our inaugural spring Agricultural and Biological Engineering PE exam. Here’s to your success! Thanks to members of the PAKS committee, EOPD-414, and the PEI for engaging in resolving the content issues for the exam, writing and improving exam questions, and providing study guides and review sessions for prospective takers. My hope is that the new exam specifications and new time slot in the spring will help us stabilize our exam for many years to come.
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