Mary Leigh Wolfe 2015-12-22 23:36:01
Partnership Matters! I had the privilege of participating in a variety of events during fall 2015 as a representative of ASABE. All events included enthusiastic people dedicated to the work they are doing, exciting ideas, and opportunities for partnering to further common agendas. Several events celebrated the past as a strong foundation on which to build the future. A few events are highlighted in the following. The 2015 ASABE/Irrigation Association (IA) Symposium, “Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Irrigation,” held in November 2015, was a tribute to the career of Terry A. Howell, Sr., a long-time ASABE member and Fellow, whose many achievements have been recognized by multiple ASABE awards. Terry’s presentation about his career was special, recognizing his mentors. Over the next two days, a variety of people, from those just starting their careers to those further along, talked about what Terry’s mentoring has meant to them. It was inspiring to see the effect that one man has had on so many, and also to see younger people recognizing the value of the past and learning from it as they address the challenges of today and tomorrow. ASABE’s partnership with the IA includes significant work on standards and collaboration on symposia. ASABE was well-represented at The First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention held in Rome, Italy, in October 2015. The Congress was organized by the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ASABE members served in leadership roles for the Congress. You can see videos of the presentations on the Institute’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/PHLInstitute) and many photos from the Congress at www.flickr.com/photos/phlinstitute/. One outcome of the Congress is that the Institute will be a partner in ASABE’s Global Initiative Conference, “Engineering and Technology Innovation for Global Food Security,” in October 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. I am excited about this partnership and note that ASABE would welcome the opportunity to partner with additional organizations that share our goals toward achieving food, energy, and water security. Please watch for such partnership opportunities and let me know about them. Two Biological and Agricultural Engineering Departments celebrated centennials in 2015: the University of California, Davis, and Texas A&M University. Congratulations to both on outstanding accomplishments to date and best wishes for continued productivity! With this issue of Resource, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the AE50 Awards program. This year’s winners join over 1,000 products from a range of companies recognized for their outstanding innovation in advancing technology and technology applications in agricultural, food, and biological systems. Congratulations to all the winners, past, present, and yet to come! This issue also includes the Visual Challenge, sponsored by Resource for the past five years. Through these photos, we see ABEs’ work in many different settings and the continuing and increasingly important global engagement of ABEs, improving the quality of life for many people. Let’s keep up the good work! And please let me know new ideas for how ASABE can help. I look forward to hearing from you,
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