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 previous issues of Resource, here we shine the spotlight on the final three of the thirteen new ASABE Fellows who were elected in 2016. Thomas R. Way, USDA-ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, Auburn, Alabama, is honored for outstanding research on traction performance, soil compaction, agricultural sustainability, and agricultural equipment development. Way’s work on soil dynamics has had significant and lasting impacts on industry developments. He led the first quantitative study describing the direction of the major principal stress in soil as it is traversed by tractor tires. He was also first to publish work that describes the soil beneath a tractor drive tire as undergoing plastic flow. Pictured here, Tom at a corn cropping experiment in the Tennessee Valley area in northern Alabama. Xiuzhi Susan Sun, Distinguished Professor, Biomaterials Lab, Kansas State University, is honored for her work in the conversion of biorenewable feedstocks into high-performance chemicals and polymers for biobased adhesives, plastics, coatings, and medical devices. Sun’s research has had significant impacts on the biobased-products industry by applying fundamental research to practical applications and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. She is a pioneer in developing new applications of biobased materials, and her work has been applied commercially. Pictured here, Xiuzhi at work looking into a biobased resin converted from plant oils with potential for adhesives, tapes, thin films, and coatings. Ruihong Zhang, Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California-Davis, is honored for her outstanding contributions to bioenvironmental engineering in the areas of waste conversion, bioenergy, and biofuel production. Zhang has led the development of high-solids anaerobic digestion (HSAD) technology that reduces the burden on landfills while capturing biomethane for energy and nutrients for fertilizer. CleanWorld has commercialized the new technology, and UC Davis has established a renewable energy facility to treat all organic waste produced on campus. Pictured here, Ruihong and her husband, ASABE member Zhongli Pan, at the UC Davis renewable energy anaerobic digestion facility.
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