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2013 Awards and Recognitions

Lei WuLei-Wu - Best Dissertation Award

Lei Wu’s dissertation “Filtration and transport of colloids and nanopaticles in dense emergent vegetation: theory, experiment and modeling” was selected as best ABE Dissertation for 2013.

Maria ZamoraMaria Zamora - Best Thesis Award

Maria Zamora’s Thesis "Pressure and spacing effect of sprinkler irrigation for cold protection in strawberries"  was selected as the best ABE Thesis for 2013.

Jim RummelJames Rummel - Superior Accomplishment

ABE Senior Engineering Technician Jim Rummel was awarded an IFAS Superior Accomplishment Award for 2013 in the Scientific/Technical Category

Jacquelyn NealJacquelyn Neal - BE Undergraduate

Bological Engineering student Jacquelyn Neal was selected as the winner of the ASABE Kenneth K. Barnes Student Paper Competition. The award recognizes excellence in the research, preparation and development of undergraduate technical papers in engineering for agriculture, food and biological systems.

EPAF 2013 Awards

Dr. Mike Dukes was awarded the Wells Fargo Extension Professional and Enhancement Award and Drs. Chris Martinez and Sanjay Shukla were members of the Extension Initiative Innovation Teams that received awards.

Jim LearyJim Leary - Undergraduate Adviser

Dr. Jim Leary was named the Engineering Undergraduate Adviser of the Year as a recipient of the 2012-2013 Teaching and Advising Awards. Dr. Leary is the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Biological Engineering major. He will move on to consideration for the University of Florida 2012-2013 Advising Award.

Rafael Munoz-CarpenaRafael Muñoz-Carpena, Mentor Award

Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena received a Mentor Award from the National Postdoctoral Association. The mission of the National Postdoctoral Association is to improve the postdoctoral experience by supporting enhanced research training and a culture of enhanced professional growth to benefit scholarship and innovation. He was also named a University of Florida Water Institute Fellow.

Rainworks Challenge team3 ABE Grad Students on winning RainWorks Challenge Team

ABE graduate students Wesley Henson, Angelica Engel and Natalie Nelson were part of the University of Florida EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge team that won the competition this year. This new design challenge was created to inspire the next generation of landscape architects, planners and engineers to develop innovative green infrastructure systems that reduce stormwater pollution and support sustainable communities.

Gayathri Ram MohanGayathri Ram Mohan, Graduate Student

Gayathri presented her research project at the American Association for Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) International Conference held at Greenville, SC and was awarded the 1st place with a $1000 cash prize and a certificate of excellence. Gaythri recently graduated with a PhD degree.

Brian BomanBrian Boman - Superior Accomplishment & International Educator

ABE Professor Brian Boman is the recipient of three awards. He was awarded an IFAS Superior Accomplishment Award and a University of Florida Superior Accomplishment Award in 2012. He was also named a 2012 Senior Faculty International Educator by the University of Florida International Center.

Cheryl PorterCheryl Porter - International Educator

ABE Coordinator of Computer Applications Cheryl Porter was the CALS staff nominee for the UF International Educator of the Year Award for 2012. The award recognizes the important contributions of UFstaff to the internationalization priorities of the campus. Cheryl is currently the Leader of an international Information Technologies team on a major international project. She organizes and leads the components of AgMip international workshops at UF and abroad. 

Eris McLamoreEarly Career Seed Grants Awarded

Chris Martinez

Dr. Chris Martinez and Dr. Eric McLamore were selected by IFAS for career seed funding. The intent of this funding is to facilitate development of new faculty research, to "jumpstart" their programs, and to provide a platform for future success and extramural funding.Funding decisions were based on the recommendation of a panel of IFAS scientists who conducted a very rigorous review of each proposal submitted.  Chris Martinez proposal is entitled Resolving the Pan Paradox:  Using evapotranspiration as an indicator of climate and Eric McLamore's proposal is entitled PhysChip:  A non-invasive biochip technology for physiological sensing in agricultural sciences.

Wendell PorterWendell Porter - Undergraduate Adviser

Dr. Wendell Porter was named the IFAS Undergraduate Adviser of the Year as a recipient of the 2012-2013 CALS Teaching and Advising Awards. Dr. Porter is the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Agricultural Operations Management major. He will move on to consideration for the University of Florida 2012-2013 Advising Award.

Robin SnyderRobin Snyder - Superior Accomplishment Award

Robin Snyder was awarded an IFAS Superior Accomplishment Award for 2012-2013. Robin is the Academic Services Coordinator for the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department for both undergraduate and graduate students. She will move on to consideration for the University of Florida 2012-2013 Award in the Administrative/Professional category.

Veronica CampbellVeronica Campbell - Superior Accomplishment Award

Veronica Campbell was awarded an IFAS Superior Accomplishment Award for 2012-2013. Veronica is the Senior Chemist for the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. She will move on to consideration for the University of Florida 2012-2013 Award in the Scientific/Technical category.

2012 Awards and Recognitions

Clyde Fraisse with Jack PayneClyde Fraisse - Achievement Award

Climate expert Dr. Clyde Fraisse was awarded an IFAS/UF International Achievement Award. Fraisse’s work focuses on developing and providing information to help agriculture, forestry and water resource managers cope with risks associated with climate variability and change. Dr. Fraisse was also the CALS junior faculty nominee for the UF International Educator of the Year Award.


Stacia DavisStacia Davis - Award of Excellence

Graduate student Stacia Davis received a Best in Class 2012 FSAWWA Water Conservation Awards of Excellence for her research program titled Year 1 of Implementing Smart Controllers in Orange County, FL


Packaging TeamUF Packaging Engineering Team Wins First Place

PMMI awarded the top prize in the Student Packaging Solutions Contest to the UF team. Students Colleen Delaney, Alex Tipton, Michael Grandinetti and Gaby Cruz will share a $4000 scholarship award. They were accompanied on the trip by their UF Advisor Dr. Bruce Welt.

Jim JonesJim Jones, AAAS Fellow

Dr. Jim Jones was named a 2012 Fellow of the AAAS for leadership in modeling dynamic crop, soil, climate, and management interactions and developing decision support systems for climate risk management in agriculture and water resources. 


Bin GaoBin Gao, Giglia Endowment Award for Innovative Agriculture

Dr. Bin Gao received the 2012 Giglia Endowment Award for Innovative Agriculture.  The award will be used to support Dr. Gao’s work to develop  innovative approaches to use biochar technology to promote water conservation and enhance soil quality.

Wen JiWen Ji, ABE Graduate Student

Wen Ji received theScarborough-Maud Fraser Award, sponsored by the Scarborough Insurance Company at the 2012 Outstanding International Student Awards ceremony.

Arthur TeixeiraArt Teixeira, Outstanding Florida 4-H Extension Specialist

Dr. Art Teixeira received the Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents Outstanding Specialist 2012 Award for his efforts in food engineering. His research work has led to increased safety assurance of sterilized canned foods producing optimum quality at lower cost and with improved efficiency.


Kati MigliaccioKati Migliaccio, Young Extension Worker

Dr. Kati Migliaccio received the 2012 ASABE Young Extension Worker Award for her outstanding contributions in agricultural sustainability, water resource conservation, and water protection as a teacher, researcher, and extension specialist.


Wendy GrahamWendy Graham, ADS/Hancor Soil & Water Award

Dr. Wendy Graham was the recipient of the 2012  ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award  for her outstanding contributions in the development of innovative stochastic hydrologic modeling techniques and in establishing a major interdisciplinary water institute.  


Jim JonesJim Jones, John Deere Gold Medal

Dr. Jim Jones received the 2012  John Deere Gold Medal Award from ASABE in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions to teaching, technology transfer, and the understanding of climate change, environmental impact s, and sustainable agricultural systems.


Wendell PorterWendell Porter, Teacher of the Year

Dr. Wendell Porter received the 2012 ASABE Florida Section Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Porter specializes in energy and resource efficient building and process systems, IEQ and sick building investigations, heat and mass transfer. Dr Porter also serves as the AOM Undergraduate Coordinator.


Bin GaoBin Gao, Outstanding Young Researcher

Dr. Bin Gao received the 2012 ASABE Florida Section Outstanding Young Researcher Award. The award honors dedicated use of scientific methodology to seek out facts or principles significant to agricultural engineering. Dr. Gao specializes in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Contaminant Fate and Transport, and Surface and Groundwater Hydrology


Suguna JairamSuguna Jairam, Best Graduate Student Paper

Suguana Jairam received the 2012 ASABE Florida Section Best Graduate Student Paper Award. Her paper title was Polystyrene Butyl Acrylate encapsulated lignin-clay hybrid via miniemulsion polymerization. Suguna is a Ph.D. student in the ABE Department.


Eric McLamoreEric McLamore, Excellence Award

Dr. Eric McLamore received an Excellence Award to Assistant Professors. from the University of Florida. He was the only IFAS assistant professor to receive this award. Dr. McLamore specializes in biotechnologies for sustainable water use, and physiological sensors for monitoring biological transport. 


Jose GarciaJose Garcia, ABE

Jose Garcia was named a College of Engineering Outstanding Four-Year Scholar. He conducted research with Dr. Brian Sorg in the Deparment of Biomedical Engineering and participated in various community service projects and organizations at UF. Jose recently graduated with a B.S. degree in Biological Engineering and will be attending graduate school in Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Brian BomanBrian Boman, IFAS Superior Accomplishment Award

Dr. Brian Boman received the 2012 Superior Accomplishment Award from the University of Florida for his continuous efforts as the Statewide Best Management Practices (BMPs) Coordinator and for his outstanding international work that in the last two years has been focused in Haiti.  Since 2010 Dr. Boman has been working as a chief irrigation infrastructure and implementation advisor for USAID on the Caribbean island. 


Dorota HamanDorota Haman, Gamma Sigma Delta Award

Dr. Dorota Haman received the Distinguished Leadership Award of Merit. from Gamma Sigma Delta at the 2012 award banquet at the University of Florida. Dr. Haman is the Chair of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department.  


James JonesJim Jones, Distinguished Professor, elected to NAE

Dr. Jim Jones, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Director of the Florida Climate Institute, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  He was one of 66 new members announced Feb. 9. Election to NAE is one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can achieve. Potential members can only be nominated by a current member and are elected by the NAE membership.

Jones was elected to NAE’s Special Fields & Interdisciplinary Engineering Section, which encompasses agricultural engineering and atmospheric sciences. It is one of 12 sections representing broad engineering categories.

Jones was elected on the basis of his outstanding contributions to engineering, notably his work on climate change, environmental impacts and sustainable agricultural systems. He is perhaps best known for developing computer models to support agricultural decision-making. These models help farmers make crop-yield projections under various weather, soil and management conditions.