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Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World and ASABE assume no responsibility for statements and opinions expressed by contributors. Views advanced in the editorials are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position of ASABE. engineering and technology for a sustainable world September/October 2012 FEATURES 6 Special Section: Information and Electrical Technologies Brian Steward, guest editor ASABE members are changing the profession — measuring , monitoring, and characterizing agricultural and biological systems through information and electrical technologies. Before IET, this ability was limited. It’s a new day ... read on! 8 Information Technologies for Field-Based 6 High-Throughput Phenotyping Kelly Thorp, Pedro Andrade-Sanchez, Michael Gore, Jeffrey White, Andrew French “Field-based, high-throughput phenotyping seeks to implement information technologies to rapidly characterize the growth responses of genetically diverse plant populations in the field and relate these responses to individual genes.” 10 CAN Bus Technology Enables Advanced Machinery Management Matthew Darr “The accessibility and standardization of CAN Bus technology has opened up tremendous opportunities for machinery performance researchers and will serve as the platform for advances in machinery management and agricultural supply chain logistics. The possibilities are just being explored.” 12 12 Leveraging IT for the Benefit of Cooperative Extension Jiannong Xin “In Cooperative Extension, IT has fundamentally transformed the way we communicate, engage clientele, and deliver information.” It is value-added technology on the advance. 16 Mechanization and Automation Technologies in Specialty Crop Production 18 Manoj Karkee and Qin Zhang What is the current status and potential implications of specialty crop mechanization and automation? And what are the future possibilities? 18 The ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss Steven T. Sonka Focused on reducing post-harvest losses of cereals and oilseeds in developing countries, this new institute serves as an international information and technology hub. Research driven, it evaluates, creates, and disseminates economically viable technologies, practices, and systems that reduce post-harvest loss in staple crops. 22 20 The 10,000 Challenge Thomas K. Grose The Obama administration’s challenge throws into sharp relief several pressing problems in engineering education. ON THE COVER ASABE member Amy Kaleita and Brian Hornbuckle discuss the validation of remotely sensed esti-mates of the water cycle under a microwave radiometer positioned over a cornfield in Ames, Iowa. Photo courtesy of Bob Elbert. 22 2012 ASABE International Meeting Highlights from the Society’s annual gathering, this year in Dallas, Texas. 24 Visual Challenge 2 24 Ag and bio engineers speak the language of their profession through photography and illustration in our second call for images. DEPARTMENTS American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 2950 Niles Road St. Joseph, MI 49085-9659, USA 269.429.0300, fax 269.429.3852 email@example.com, www.asabe.org 2 4 29 30 31 From the President/Events Calendar Letters to the Editor Professional Opportunities Professional Listings Last Word Ron Britton Some thoughts on design ... and on who is responsible for the consequences ERRATUM In “Energy Security: Let’s Get it Right” by Gale A. Buchanan and James R. Fischer ( Resource , March/April 2012, pp. 14-15), the GDP and energy consumption figures were incorrect. The U.S. GDP is about $48,000 per capita, with about 300 million BTUs of energy consumed per person. China’s GDP is about $8,000 per capita, with over 64 million BTUs of energy consumed of per person. Our thanks to ASABE Fellow Howard P. Johnson for suggesting these up-to-date corrections. We regret the errors.