Terry A. Howell 2015-04-29 01:28:00
Engaging our Members and Future Members Reflecting on the last few months, I continue to be grateful for the work and leadership of our members across the wide array of fields encompassed by our broad discipline. As you will see, this issue of Resource highlights not only technical advancements by members but also examples of their service to others in a variety of ways. February was filled with opportunities for me to interact with members in and out of their element. I spent two days at the ASABE-sponsored AETC conference. As a processing systems person, I never had a compelling reason to attend the conference, but I came away impressed by how the farm equipment sector of our Society has created a sustainable meeting that is engaging for both industry and academic members. The technical sessions were very well attended and full of interesting content. Congratulations to the planning committee and organizers for a job well done. I then spent a couple of days assisting our ASABE judge entourage at the DiscoverE Future City Competition Finals in Washington, D.C. Because our Society sponsored two special awards (one related to food issues and another to renewable energy), agricultural and biological engineering had a strong presence among all of the finalists. In judging the presentations of several teams, I was delighted to hear students refer to themselves as agricultural engineers and biological engineers. Many teams described items in their city design as the work of agricultural engineers. Our profession shined brightly over those three days. I can’t thank enough the many volunteers across the U.S. who helped at DiscoverE’s regional competitions and the finals. Lastly, I was a special guest at the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers 49th Annual Convention in Ludhiana, India. The meeting provided great opportunities for me to meet some of our members in India and to also continue the ASABE Global Engagement discussions that have been ongoing for the last two years. Several ASABE members made the trip, and the quality of the joint dialog was outstanding. Again, our members are providing wonderful leadership in our discipline, domestically and around the world. As spring draws us to be out and about, I hope you are making preparations to attend our Annual International Meeting in New Orleans in July. There are upcoming section meeting opportunities as well around the country in the coming days. Keep looking for ways to engage in our Society and profession.
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