Honoring the Newly Elected At the Annual International Meeting (AIM) in Spokane, Wash., on July 19, 2017, thirteen new Fellows were recognized. In this issue and the next two issues, Resource introduces ASABE’s latest honorees. ASABE Fellows all have a minimum of 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 of Fellow is an honor to which members may be elected but may not apply. The ASABE Constitution states the Fellows are “of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in, or related to, the field of agricultural, food, or biological engineering.” Election to Fellow is one of the highest distinctions an ASABE member can achieve. Indrajeet Chaubey, Professor and Head, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, is honored for his outstanding achievements in ecohydrology, non-point-source pollution modeling, and watershed management. Indrajeet has made substantial contributions to improving water quality and watershed management by integrating research, teaching, and public service and by developing simulation models and tools that guide decision makers. Indrajeet’s integration of simulation modeling and innovative field research improves our understanding of rainfall runoff and pollutant transport processes at field, stream reach, and watershed scales. Pictured here, Indrajeet Chaubey finishing a race. Michael Dukes, P.E., Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Director, Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, University of Florida, is honored for his research in water conservation of irrigation systems. At the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, Mike leads a multidisciplinary team that conducts research on water conservation with a focus on landscape irrigation. His team develops commercially available irrigation control technologies based on feedback from irrigated areas. They have documented water savings of hundreds of millions of gallons that otherwise would have been lost. Their research has been used to produce training sessions, trade journal articles, and extension publications that have educated hundreds of stakeholders and industry professionals across the region. Agricultural interests, builders, and developers in urban areas are now adopting these water-saving technologies. Pictured here, Mike Dukes working at a project site. Michael Hirschi, P.E., Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Academic Advisor, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Senior Sustainability Advisor at Agrible, Inc., Champaign, Illinois, is honored for his outstanding contributions to the education of young engineers through teaching, advising, mentoring, and accreditation activities. While at the University of Illinois, Mike served as an assistant, associate, and full professor. He also served as assistant dean of undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering, where he was responsible for undergraduate scholarships, donor stewardship, advising students, and accreditation. Mike has worked extensively on accreditation, both as a program evaluator through ASABE, as a member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and as a university administrator seeking to maintain program accreditation. Pictured here, Mike Hirschi and his wife Debbie at Iguazu Falls after the 2015 Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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