Honoring the Newly Elected At the July 2016 Annual International Meeting in Orlando, Florida, thirteen new ASABE Fellows were recognized. Election to Fellow is one of the highest distinctions an ASABE member can achieve, and those elected often say that this recognition by their peers is one of the most significant experiences of their career. ASABE’s 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.” As in the previous issue of Resource, we shine the spotlight on three of the newly elected honorees: Maynard M. Herron P.E., ASABE President, Engineering Manager, Product Proving, AGCO Corporation, Hesston, Kansas, is honored for his selfless service to ASABE and his tireless advocacy for the profession of agricultural and biological engineering. Herron’s passion for improving agricultural productivity and the lives of farmers is evident throughout his career, particularly at AGCO, where he works on improving hay and forage harvesting equipment. Herron’s work on the design of round balers has earned him several patents, and his improvements to baler technology have significantly reduced transportation costs and storage losses for farmers around the world. Pictured here: Maynard, leader of his local Boy Scout troop for 26 years. Joseph P. Harner, P.E., Department Head and Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University, is honored for advancing engineering principles and implementing innovative ideas toward a safer and more sustainable food system. A member of the Kansas State University dairy team, Harner has been involved in bringing fundamental engineering principles to the design and evaluation of heat abatement systems for conventional dairy structures in the development of low-profile, cross-ventilated, free-stall building design. Pictured here: Joe reviewing the K-State Vision 2025 with colleagues. Kevin M. Keener, P.E., Director and Professor, BioCentury Research Farm Center for Crops Utilization Research, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, is honored for his outstanding technical contributions through application of science and engineering principles to improve food safety, enhance quality, and reduce waste to promote sustainable practices in the production and processing of food through engagement with entrepreneurs, companies, researchers, students, and government. Keener has developed educational training programs for food entrepreneurs, food companies, and regulatory agencies in North Carolina, Indiana, Iowa, across the U.S., and for international audiences. Pictured here: Kevin in the lab testing high-voltage atmospheric cold plasma.
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