Carol Flautt 2015-06-23 01:06:25
Election to Fellow is one of the highest distinctions an ASABE member can achieve. Members who have been elected to Fellow often say it is one of the most significant experiences of their career. Recognition by peers carries an honor that is unmatched. So what is the process? Characteristics of a Fellow The ASABE Constitution establishes that “a Fellow shall be a member of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in, or related to, the field of agricultural, food, or biological engineering. A Fellow shall have had 20 years of active practice in, or related to, the profession of engineering; the teaching of engineering; or the teaching of an engineering-related curriculum. Graduation from a professional agricultural engineering curriculum (or its engineering equivalent) shall be considered equal to four years of active practice. The designation Fellow shall have honorary status, to which members of distinction may be elected, but for which they may not apply. Admission shall be only after a minimum of 20 years as an active Member-Engineer or Member of ASABE.” Nomination and election to Fellow follow rules prescribed by the Board of Trustees: “The number of candidates elected to the Grade of Fellow each year shall not exceed 0.2 percent (2/10 of 1.0 percent) of total ASABE membership in the grades of Member-Engineer or Member at the end of the immediate preceding calendar year.” The instructions for submitting a Fellow nomination can be found on the ASABE website (www.asabe.org/FellowNominationInstructions). To nominate an ASABE member for Fellow The initiating sponsor provides ASABE Headquarters with the following nomination information by April 15 for possible election and presentation the following calendar year: • The Fellows Nomination Form, completed and converted to a PDF file, should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to the ASABE Awards Administrator. The maximum length of the completed nomination form is four pages. • The Nomination Form should be accompanied by a minimum of six letters of support prepared by Fellows or members of ASABE. The nominator cannot be one of the individuals submitting a letter of support. A maximum of eight letters of support may be submitted, but only six must satisfy the ASABE membership requirement. The letters may be sent with the Nomination Form or sent separately in a PDF file to the attention of the ASABE Awards Administrator. Each letter of support needs to include the writer’s name, work affiliation, address, phone number, email address, and ASABE member number. The letters of support are to be prepared by those who are representative of the profession insofar as technical interest, geographic area, occupation, and professional responsibility are concerned. The letters should relate the letter writer’s personal knowledge and evaluation of the nominee’s achievements, recognitions, and professional activities. Letters are limited to two pages. Generally, a letter of support summarizes personal knowledge about the nominee, focusing on the unique contributions that the nominee has made to the profession. Usually included are thoughts and comments about the nominee’s personality, work ethic, and teamwork skills. The nominator will be notified by ASABE Headquarters after the nominee has been recommended by the M-131 Fellows Screening Committee and elected to Fellow by the Board of Trustees. If the nominee is not selected in the first year of consideration, the Fellows Screening Committee will consider the nomination for two additional years. The newly elected Fellows are given special recognition at the Fellows Ceremony and Reception held during the Annual International Meeting (AIM). News release information and publicity are issued following the AIM. The list of active and living elected Fellows of the Society is published in the annual ASABE Member Roster and is posted on the ASABE Fellows web page (www.asabe.org/DirectoryOfFellows). Soon, a listing of all ASAE/ASABE members who have been elected to Fellow will be included on the ASABE Fellows web page. However, there is missing information concerning members elected to Fellow prior to 1965. If you know of members who were elected to Fellow and are not included in the listing, we would greatly appreciate your providing this information, along with the year they were elected. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be delighted to provide further information. Carol Flautt, ASABE Awards Administrator, St. Joseph, Mich., USA, email@example.com.
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