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. 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.” Election to Fellow is one of the highest distinctions that an ASABE member can achieve. Members who have been elected Fellow often say it is one of the most significant experiences of their career. At the Annual International Meeting in Orlando, Florida, on July 18, thirteen new fellows were recognized and honored. In the coming issues of Resource, we will shine a spotlight on these highly accomplished individuals, beginning with these four honorees. David D. Bosch, Research Hydraulic Engineer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Southeast Watershed Research Laboratory, Tifton, Georgia, was honored for his distinguished contributions to the science of watershed hydrology and development of hydrologic models. Bosch has profoundly improved understanding of hydrologic and water quality processes in agricultural areas and in specialized natural environments contiguous to agricultural areas. He was one of the first to identify vadose zone and groundwater flow rates through riparian buffers. Pictured here, David and Maria Bosch. Robert T. Burns, P.E., Associate Dean, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, was honored for his meritorious work in environmental stewardship of animal production worldwide. Burns is an international authority in the area of manure and nutrient management. He provided leadership in the development and maintenance of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service curriculum for training technical service providers in creating comprehensive nutrient management plans for animal feeding operations. Pictured here, Robert Burns on the Canadian Trans Labrador Highway. Gary A. Clark, P.E., Senior Associate Dean and Professor, College of Engineering, Kansas State University, was honored for his exemplary teaching, research, and extension work in irrigation, water management, academic administration, and leadership in the profession. Clark has focused on water conservation through improved irrigation system design, operation, and management. He helped create a cooperative program among state agencies, farmer irrigation associations, and Kansas State Research and Extension that promoted improved center-pivot irrigation management and tools, helping move ET-based irrigation scheduling to a common practice. Pictured here, Gary and Barbara Clark with children Robert, Ashley, and Matthew. Darrin J. Drollinger, ASABE Executive Director, was honored for his outstanding service to the equipment manufacturing industry and outstanding leadership in the non-profit sector of agricultural and biological engineering. Since 2010, Drollinger has led ASABE’s day-to-day operations, providing organizational and technical leadership, developing domestic and international partnerships within the Society and among professional groups, and energizing effective collaborations that support member-based priorities. Prior to ASABE, Drollinger gave 20 years of service to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers as a staff engineer and as vice president. Pictured here, Darrin Drollinger as president of the St. Joseph, Mich., Lions Club
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