University of Florida

2007 ABE Awards and Recognitions

Melanie CorrellMelanie Correll, Assistant Professor

Dr. Melanie Correll was awarded the NASA and European Space Agency Award which honors outstanding accomplishments in spaceflight research.She was recognized for her work on project TROPI which was a series of experiments that were performed on the International Space Station.

Alex StimpsonAlex Stimpson and Rhea Pereira

ABE Graduate Student Alex Stimpson and ABE Undergraduate Rhea Savia Pereira were winners in the Student Poster Competition at the American Society of Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB) conference. The title of Alex Stimpson's poster was "RNA Extraction from Plants Grown on the International Space Station." Alex won 2nd place in the Graduate Plant Poster.

Rhea PereiraThe title of Rhea Pereira's poster was "Gene Expression of Red Light Signaling Pathways in Arabidopsis Using Only 5 Seedlings." Rhea won 1st place in the Undergraduate Plant Poster.

Elana RichElana Rich, ABE Graduate Student

Elana Rich was selected as the winner of the 2007 Marvin Byer Award for her submission to the annual graduate student competition sponsored by Research and Development Associates (R&DA) for Military and Food and Packaging Systems. Elana's topic was Heat Penetration Studies on Shelf-stable Ethnic Foods in Retortable Trays. The R&DA is a professional organization with memberships from US military, government, universities, and the food industry.

Ray BucklinRay Bucklin, Professor

Ray Bucklin was selected to receive the Henry Giese Structures and Environment Award from the National Association of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The award honors distinguished service in advancing the knowledge and science of agricultural structures and environment. Dr. Bucklin is recognized worldwide for his research and extension programs, which have resulted in significant improvements to dairy housing and milk production. His current research includes working with NASA personnel to develop methods for growing plants on lengthy space missions.

Bruce WeltBruce Welt, Associate Professor and PKG Undergraduate Coordinator

Bruce Welt was named a North American Colleges and Teachers of America (NACTA) 2007 Teacher Fellow. Selections are based on teaching philosophy; evaluations by current students, alumni, administrative officers, and peers; a self-evaluation as well as factors such as availability to students, teaching innovations, and departmental/institutional activity.

Fountain Wars TeamABE Fountain Wars Team

The 2007 ABE Fountain Wars Team received third place in the annual G.B. Gunlogson Environmental Student Design Competition at the ASABE National Meeting in Minneapolis.Team members (l-r) include Maggie Lanigan, Jon Alldrige, David Palubin, Colleen Howard, Jack Cowen and Lauren Hunter.

Michael DukesMichael Dukes, Associate Professor

Michael Dukes was selected to receive the Outstanding Service Award from the Florida Section ASABE. The award was presented at the annual meeting in June. This award is given to a member of the society who has served the section with distinction. Dukes was also awarded an Outstanding Reviewer Award in the Soil and Water Division by the national ASABE in recognition of his help in ensuring high quality ASABE peer-reviewed journals. Only 10 reviewers are recognized annually.

Tom BurksTom Burks, Associate Professor

Tom Burks was also awarded an Outstanding Reviewer Award by the national ASABE in recognition of his help in ensuring high quality peer-reviewed journals in the Power and Machinery Division.

Melanie CorrellMelanie Correll, Assistant Professor

Melanie Correll was selected as as the recipient of the Florida Section ASABE Young Researcher Award. The award honors dedicated use of scientific methodology to seek out facts or principles significant to agricultural engineering.

 

Larry ShawLawrance Shaw, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Larry Shaw was presented with a pin recognizing 50 Years of Service to the Florida Section ASABE.

 

Robert PeartRobert Peart , Professor Emeritus

Robert Peart , along with Wayne Maley and Ben Jones were presented with a plaque recognizing their Presidential Service Award . It was presented by ASABE for their work as co-authors of a book titled "Three Decades of Change - ASAE to ASABE".

ASABE Honorable Mention Paper Award

Susana Sepúlveda Bustos, Fedro Zazueta, Ray Bucklin and E. Holzapfel Hoces received an Honorable Mention Paper Award for their paper entitled Rapid Prototyping of Learning Objects for Agricultural and Biological Engineering Education. Paper awards are presented to the top 5% of papers published in ASABE refereed journals. 

ASABE Scholarship Recipients

Kevin Bray and Sheevani Bhalsod were awarded Florida Section ASABE Scholarships at the annual meeting.

Mary SheddMary Shedd, ABE Graduate Student

Mary Shedd was Second Place in the Graduate Student Paper Competition at the 2007 Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, June 3-5.  The competition consisted of an abstract and oral competition.  Her paper was entitled “Evapotranspiration and Soil Moisture-based Irrigation Control on Turfgrass Compared to Theoretical Requirements”.

Prinda WanakulePrinda Wanakule, ABE Student

Prinda Wanakule was selected as one of only two recipients of an Outstanding Gator Engineering 4 Year Scholar Award from the Engineering Commencement Committee. Students are selected through an application and essay process based on scholastic achievements, academic awards, honoraria, research projects, published papers, conference presentations, and honors theses. 

She graduated cum laude with a BS in biological engineering and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  To support her studies, Wanakule received a Doctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, as well as a THRUST Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin's College of Engineering.

Robin SnyderRobin Snyder, Coordinator of Information/Publications

Robin Snyder was selected as a recipient of an Silver Image Award from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). She was recognized for her production of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department's 2006 Spring/Summer Newsletter.

Stuart Muller wins Alec Courtelis AwardStuart Muller, Graduate Student

Stuart Muller was selected as a recipient of an Alec Courtelis Award from the University of Florida International Center. Stuart is a Ph.D. student from South Africa. He has volunteered his services to NSF integrated Graduate Education and Research Training, is a member of three organizations and holds an officer's position with the UF chapter of the American Water Resources Association. He is also active in environmental efforts in and around Gainesville.

Celilia AmadorCecilia Amador, Graduate Student

Cecilia Amador was selected as a recipient of an Outstanding Student Award, from the UF International Center. Cecilia is a Student Government Senator, Vice-President Elect of the Graduate Student Council, and President of the Hispanic Graduate Student Association.

Bruce WeltBruce Welt, Associate Professor

Dr. Bruce Welt was selected as a recipient of an NACTA Teacher Fellow Award, which is a criterion based award and is reviewed by a committee of NACTA members. Criteria included in the evaluation are the instructor's teaching philosophy; evaluations submitted by current students, alumni, administrative officers, and peers; a self-evaluation as well as factors such as availability to students, teaching innovations, and departmental/institutional activity.

Mary GarvinMary Garvin, Accountant

Mary Garvin was selected as a recipient of a 2007 Superior Accomplishment Award from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The award recognizes IFAS employees who have been nominated for outstanding performance.