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 two issues of Resource, we shine the spotlight on three of the newly elected honorees: Randy L. Raper, P.E., Assistant Director, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, Oklahoma State University, is honored for his contributions to understanding soil compaction and how to ameliorate it while practicing conservation tillage. His career has focused largely on reducing the detrimental effects of soil compaction through management of tire inflation pressures, cover crop management, and precision use of in-row subsoiling. Raper led the first conclusive study on tire pressure and reduction of soil compaction, which led to industry reduction in the minimum pressure values recommended for tractor tires, affecting nearly all American farmers in reduced fuel costs and more efficient soil management. Pictured here, Randy speaking to a group of southern producers and attendees at the 25th anniversary of the Conservation Agriculture Systems Conference at Auburn University. Sue Nokes, P.E., Professor and Chair, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky, is honored for her outstanding contributions in bio-processing research and teaching and her leadership in agricultural and biological engineering. Nokes is the principal investigator on a multidisciplinary, multi-institution project funded by a grant from the USDA Biomass Research and Development Initiative. The project was the first to successfully produce butanol for a sequential co-culture of anaerobic bacteria on a lignocellulosic substrate. Pictured here, Sue and the UK mascot, Scratch. Michael D. Smolen, Professor Emeritus, Oklahoma State University, is honored for his exceptional leadership across Extension, teaching, research, and consulting. He is a nationally recognized authority on water quality, watershed management, and agricultural pollution control, best known for pioneering work in agricultural non-point-source pollution and developing stormwater and sediment control design standards. He developed a nationally recognized water quality extension and research program for the Division of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University, led the National Water Quality Evaluation Project at North Carolina State University, and assisted the U.S. EPA in the 319 Nonpoint Source Program. Pictured here, Mike and grandson Kaleb lighting Hanukkah candles.
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