ABE is International: Europe and More

November 6, 2018

International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR)

ABE Professor Emeritus Dr. Fedro Zazueta

ABE Professor Emeritus Dr. Fedro Zazueta was elected to a four-year term as Secretary-General to the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR).

The International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) was established in Liege, Belgium in 1930. The purpose of the society is to bring together engineers and related professionals with an aim to improve the outcomes generated by the profession. CIGR is an association of societies and its members are regional societies as well as national societies.

The reorganization of the Secretary-General’s office provides the opportunity to improve management procedures and more importantly to augment communication and collaboration with stakeholders. CIGR is currently involved in a strategic planning effort that is to be completed and implemented within the next five years.

Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program (AgMIP)

ABE Professor Dr. Senthold Asseng

ABE Professor Dr. Senthold Asseng is a member of the global leadership panel for the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program (AgMIP). Dr. Asseng is known for his work using computer models to predict crop yields, has worked as co-leader of the AgMIP wheat team and has also led American-based and internationally organized research projects.

AgMIP is an effort by agricultural scientists from around the world to improve the state of agricultural simulation and to understand climate impacts on the agricultural sector at global and regional scales.

“AgMIP scientists recognize that many of the climate change and global food security issues are beyond individual scientists and institutions to be solved,” Asseng said. “By creating collaborative research teams, AgMIP addresses research questions which require multi-disciplinary expertise including agricultural scientists, social scientists, modelers of crops, climate, agricultural economics, crop physiologists, field experimentalists, crop and animal breeders, nutritionists, biostatisticians and software engineers.”

University of Oxford

ABE Alumna Rachel Lo

Agricultural and Biological Engineering alumna Rachel Lo was selected for the 2018 Frost Scholarship Programme at the University of Oxford. This program funds students of the State University System of Florida and University of Miami that allows them to study full-time for one year in master’s courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Rachel started her program at Oxford studying Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management where she is learning about biodiversity conservation, particularly in a social science context, such as how management and policy decisions are made in different socioeconomic and cultural environments.

“Having an international community is one of the best parts of studying abroad,” Rachel said. “My classmates come from highly diverse majors, cultures, and experiences, which lends itself exceptionally well to learning about how conservation is governed within and between countries.”

Rachel will be using her time at Oxford to complete a one-year, coursework-only Master of Science degree and plans to conduct research for her master’s dissertation that leverages her background in agricultural and biological engineering, possibly in remote sensing or modeling coupled-natural human systems.

“My own background from ABE is unique and lends something different – I can approach conservation from a quantitative and applied science perspective.” Rachel said. “My goal is to integrate my background in ABE with my new training in socio-environmental management and policy pertaining to biodiversity.”

A Summer in Germany

UF in Osnabrück Study Abroad

The UF in Osnabrück study abroad group travels to Germany during the summer to learn about engineering technologies and to further understand sustainability in engineering and planning. They also competed in a design/build class with amphibious vehicles using some 3D printed components or created virtual reality environments

This study abroad is a 6-week program with the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück, Germany. Biological engineering student Erin Guby, along with 12 students on this trip from various fields of engineering, including mechanical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering and computer engineering, participated in this unique opportunity.

Along with the design/build class, students also took a course designed to provide them with five topics related to innovations in engineering and planning with associated visits to industry. They received information on topics in energy, mobility, iron and steel production, agricultural innovations, and polymer science. Several of the topics included laboratories and visits to industry. Beyond the classroom, students experience cultural aspects of Germany though trips to Berlin, the North Sea, Cologne, and Bonn.

ABE Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator Dr. James Leary has been involved with this program since 2006.

ABE Professor Emeritus Dr. Fedro Zazueta is currently serving as Secretary-General to the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR), a society that works to bring together engineers and related professionals with an aim to improve the outcomes generated by the profession. 

ABE's Dr. Senthold Asseng is serving as a member of the global leadership panel for the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program (AgMIP), an effort by agricultural scientists from around the world to improve the state of agricultural simulation and to understand climate impacts on the agricultural sector at global and regional scales.

ABE Alumna Rachel Lo began her graduate studies the University of Oxford in October where she is studying Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management. In the photo above, Rachel attends matriculation, a ceremony to become full members of the university to which students wear academic dress.

ABE Alumna Rachel Lo and classmates at the University of Oxford attend a trip ot the the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. This group includes 19 students representing 13 countries from five continents.

The UF in Osnabrück study abroad group travels to Germany to learn about engineering technologies, understand sustainability in engineering and planning, and even competed with amphibious vehicles.