University of Florida

2015 Awards and Recognitions

Eric McLamore2015 Fountain Wars

Six ABE students competes in the American Society Of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Fountain Wars Competition where they took home the championship title by placing first internationally. The University of Florida Fountain War team consisted of team captain Matthew Guthart and members Becca O’Toole, Noelle Rabideau, Bailey Harrell, Michael McGowan, and Andrew Crosby.

Eric McLamoreASA Presidential Award

Dr. Jim Jones was selected as the 2015 American Society of Agronomy Presidential Award as the Team Leader for AgMIP – the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project.  Others recognized were Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig of Columbia University, Dr. Jerry Hatfield of ARS in Iowa, and Dr. John Antle at Oregon State University.This award is given to those who have influenced agronomic science so greatly that the impact of their efforts will be enduring on future science. Dr. Jones work focuses on climate change and he is the leader of the Florida Climate Institute. 

Eric McLamoreUF Water Institute Faculty Fellow

Dr. Michael Dukes was selected as one of the 2015 University of Florida Water Institute Faculty Fellows.  This award is a well-deserved recognition of his excellent interdisciplinary water research and extension programs and his substantial contributions to the goals of the UF Water Institute.  The fellowship term will be for 3 academic years, beginning in Fall 2015.  

Eric McLamorePreprofessional Engineer of the Year

Max Wallace (ABE Masters student) is the recipient of the 2015 Roger R. and Laura M. Yoerger Preprofessional Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding scholastic achievements, leadership skills and involvement in engineering projects, the community, and ASABE.  In addition, Max received a third place in 2015 Barnes Student Paper Awards competition.  The top three papers will be posted at ASABE web site.

Eric McLamoreFlorida ASABE Teacher of the Year

Dr. William Pelletier has been selected by Florida Section ASABE to receive the 2015 Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Pelletier is a Lecturer in the ABE Department. The award was presented at the annual conference in June.

Eric McLamoreGraduate Research Award

Nathan Holt (ABE Masters student) won the Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award for his Masters research

Eric McLamoreFCI Faculty Fellow

Dr. Clyde Fraisse has been selected by the Florida Climate Institute as a 2015-2016 Faculty Fellow. He was selected from a distinguished candidate pool for his excellent interdisciplinary climate and extension programs that contribute to the goals of the FCI. The fellowship term is 3 years and will begin in Fall 2015.

Eric McLamoreRoyal Academy of Spain and ASABE Awards

Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena was elected Corresponding Member ("Académico") of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain. Professor Muñoz-Carpena will present his inaugural speech and receive the distinctive emblems of his new rank of "Académico" (Royal Academy medal and Member Diploma) at the ceremony in Madrid.

He was also selected by the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) to receive the 2015 Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award for his exceptional accomplishments in hydrological and integrated environmental modeling and education of next generation of soil and water scientists and engineers.  He has also been selected  Fellow of ASABE this year.  

Eric McLamoreASABE Young Educator Award

Dr. Eric McLamore, has been selected by ASABE to receive the 2015 A.W. Farrall Young Educator Award for his outstanding teaching and mentoring of ABE students. The award honors outstanding success motivating the application of engineering principles to the problems of agricultural engineering.

Bin GaoUniversity of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award

Dr. Bin Gao was selected to receive a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award. These three year professorships were created to recognize faculty who have established a distinguished record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to continuing distinction in their field.  Awardees are commended for the key role they are playing in the University’s research enterprise and our growing emphasis on graduate education. 

Fedro ZazuetaInternational Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Dr. Fedro Zazueta was inducted into the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.  There are only two other Americans in this group (Bill Stout and Bill Chancellor). This is a recognition of Dr. Zazueta's scientific accomplishments and his national and international leadership  in the professional organizations ASABE and CIGR.

Robin SnyderAdviser of the Year

Robin Snyder was selected as the 2014-2015 Professional Undergraduate Adviser of the Year for the College of Engineering. This honor is based on an extensive review of Robin's credentials, letters of recommendation, and peer and student evaluations and recognizes her excellence in advising.  Award winners are also submitted for consideration for the university-wide Professional Adviser of the Year Award. 

Cheryl PorterShannon NobleSuperior Accomplishment Awards

Two ABE employees were recipients of Superior Accomplishment Awards from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciiences. Shannon Noble (L) in the Clerical/Office Support Services category and Cheryl Porter in  the Administrative/Professional category.

Robin SnyderAward of Excellence

Dr. Sanjay Shukla received an Award of Excellence for Graduate Research from UF/IFAS for 2015.

2014 Awards and Recognitions

Rebecca O'TooleThomas O. Hunter Award

ABE undergraduate Rebecca O'Toole was awarded a Thomas O. Hunter Scholarship. The award is given to undergraduate and entering students. Emphasis is given to demonstrated leadership, economic need, and academic excellence.

Mike DukesIrrigation Association Award

Dr. Michael Dukes is the 2014 Excellence in Education Irrigation Foundation Award winner. Recipients of Irrigation Association national awards were recognized during the general session of the 2014 Irrigation Show and Educational Conference in Phoenix. He was also awarded the UF-IFAS 2014 Christine Taylor Waddill Extension Professional and Enhancement Award with a term professorship and program support for promoting outstanding educational programs and demonstrating scholarship in Extension.

Clyde FraisseNIFA Partnership Award

Clyde Fraisse, ABE faculty, and his team were selected to receive a 2014 NIFA Partnership Award for the Southeast Climate Extension project. SCE’s overall goal is to develop an information system involving climate forecasts and information, together with decision support tools for agriculture, to improve management decisions and reduce risks associated with climate variability, climate change and extreme weather events.

ASABENational Awards

Dorota HamanASABE Fellow

Dr. Dorota Haman was named a Fellow of the ASABE. ASABE defines a Fellow as a member of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in, or related to, the field of agricultural, food, or biological systems engineering. This is ASABE's highest honor.

Natalie NelsonRobert E. Stewart Engineering-Humanities Award

Natalie Nelson, PhD student,received the Robert E. Stewart Award.The Award recognizes an outstanding student for their contributions to the advancement of the interaction of the profession and the humanities.

ABE Faculty Kati Migliaccio and Clyde Fraise were Blue Ribbon Winners for their 'Smartirrigation Apps". Other members of the winning team were G. Velladis, K. Morgan and J. Andreis

Max Wallace – First Place- Undergraduate Poster Competition. Honorable Mention, Video
Stephanie Leavitt, Natalie Nelson, Cininta Pertiwi
(PhD Students)First Place in Video Competition.

ASABE Florida Section Awards

Dr. Brian Bowman - 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award
Dr. Zhaohui Tong –
2014 Outstanding Young researcher Award
Dr. Kati Migliaccio –
2014 Outstanding Young Engineer Award
Dr Chis Martinez –
2014 Outstanding Service Award
Dr. Eric McLamore –
2014 Teacher of the Year Award  

ABE Graduate Students:
Natalie Nelson –
Graduate Student Best Paper Award – first place
Geraldine Klarenberg –
Graduate Student Best Paper Award – second place

ABE Undergraduate Students
Sarah Luther -
2014 Outstanding Student Award

eWiTS winning teamSpring 2014 eWiTS Winning Team

ABE graduate student Ziynet Boz (3rd from right) was a member of the First Place team during the he spring 2014 eWiTS® program for their EZMediTest proposal. About 50 women participated in the 10-week program in teams headed by experienced women entrepreneurs. Each team formed a simulated company and created a business plan and investor pitch based on a real technology developed at the University of Florida. Teams presented their plans to a panel of women investors at the last session.

Maria ZamoraFSHS Natural Resources Best Paper

Maria Zamora and Dr. Michael Dukes were the recipients of this year’s FSHS Natural Resources Best Paper Award. This award is presented to the authors of the best and most meritorious paper printed in the previous year’s proceedings. The paper was entitled Optimizing Sprinkler Irrigation Cold Protection in Strawberries: Two Years of Field Results.

Wendell PorterNACTA Teacher Fellow Award

ABE Lecturer Dr. Wendell Porter was awarded the Teacher Fellow Award from the North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). The award recognizes those individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education.

Natalie NelsonUF Rainworks Team wins 1st Place in EPA Challenge

ABE graduate student Natalie Nelson was among members of the University of Florida Student Team which won First Prize in the Master Plan category of the U.S. EPA second annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. A total of 84 student teams from 29 states submitted green infrastructure designs for the challenge.

Sanjay ShuklaSanjay Shukla - GSC Exemplary Faculty Award

Sanjay Shukla received a faculty award for exemplary service on behalf of graduate and professional students from the Graduate Student Council at the University of Florida.  This is a recognition for his mentoring of the graduate students who nominated him for this award.

Shannon NobleShannon Noble - GSC Exemplary Staff Award

ABE Education Coordinator Shannon Noble received  a staff award for exemplary service on behalf of graduate and professional students from the Graduate Student Council at the University of Florida. Shannon was nominated by graduate students in the ABE Department.

Alireza PourrezaAlireza Pourreza - Presidential Service Award

ABE Graduate student Alireza Pourezza was a recipient of a Presidential Service Award. The award is intended to recognize students who have dedicated their time and efforts while at the University of Florida to promoting social justice, community awareness, and civic engagement on campus and in the community.

Shannon BrownShannon Brown - Four-Year Scholar and NSA Fellowship

ABE Senior Shannon Brown is the recipient of the Four-Year Scholar Award from the College of Engineering. She will be recognized at the Spring Commencement Ceremony. Shannon is also the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Water Symposium Awards

Three ABE graduate students received awards at the 2014 University of Florida Water Institute Symposium this week. Natalie Nelson received one of three awards for the best poster and Wes Henson and Stacia Davis received honorable mention for their posters.

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

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.