ABE Professor Emeritus Elected CIGR Secretary-General

By ABE and Dr. Fedro Zazueta

Dr. Fedro Zazueta, Professor Emeritus in UF/IFAS Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 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.

CIGR sponsors the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (iAABE).  This academy was established to recognize individuals of great character that have made substantial contributions to engineering.

Governance of CIGR is comprised of Voting Members, Technical Sections, Working Groups, the Presidium and the Secretary-General. The Office of the Secretary-General was moved in January 2018 from the University of Kyoto to UF/IFAS ABE. The role of the CIGR Secretary-General is to implement the policies proposed by the Presidium and approved by the voting members, as well as managing all administrative affairs of the society.

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.

During his time as CIGR Secretary-General, Dr. Zazueta can be contacted at secretarygeneral@CIGR.org and at UF/IFAS Agricultural and Biological Engineering’s Frazier Rogers Hall at PO Box 110570 1741 Museum Road, Gainesville, Florida 32611.

More information about CIGR can be found at www.cigr.org.