UF ABE faculty and students had a tremendous presence and participation at the ASABE Annual International Meeting held in Spokane, Washington, July 16-19th. Among the many presentations, moderated sessions and posters were three faculty and students who were recognized with society awards. The UF ABE Robotics team also competed in the Robotics Competition.
Congratulations to the following:
Mike Dukes– 2017 Fellow of ASABE(for professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in, or related to, the field of agricultural, food, or biological systems engineering)
Kati Migliaccio– G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award(for superior research and extension programs fostering water conservation by irrigators in the eastern US)
Joe Sagues– Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award(recognition for excellence in the conduct and presentation of research to build the knowledge base needed by engineers who design equipment, facilities, and processes for the sustainable operation of a biological system)
Great things happen every year at the annual FASABE Conference and Trade Show. This year’s conference was no exception and took place in Jupiter, FL from June 21-24, 2017.
Not only do participants have the opportunity to interact with vendors, network with peers, participate in informational general and technical sessions and earn professional development hours but many awards and recognitions are given as well.
This year, the following ABE faculty and students were recognized. Congratulations to the following:
Eban Bean, Ph.D. – Outstanding Young Extension Worker Award 2017
Jim Leary,- recognized for 25 years of active membership
Richard Scholtz– recognized for Outstanding Service and Dedication-Chair of the Florida Section of ASABE 2017
Carlynn Chappel– Outstanding Student Award 2017
Karl Max Wallace– first place grad student presentation competition
Hao Gan– second place grad student presentation competition
Congratulations to James Canter and Max Williams for their recognition with a 2017 Prudential Productivity Award from the University of Florida. James Canter serves as the IT specialist for ABE and Max Williams serves as the Administrative Services Coordinator.
The Prudential Productivity Award is an annual event honoring dedicated state employees who develop and implement innovative, cost-saving, and efficient improvements in delivering state services and products.This is a joint effort of the Florida TaxWatch, the Florida Council of 100, and the State of Florida to honor state employees throughout Florida.
The DSSAT 2017 International Training Program, conducted by Drs Hoogenboom, Porter, Shelia, Zang, Boote, and Pavan during May 15-20, 2017 at the University of Georgia, Griffin Campus was attended by 50 participants from over 20 countries.
University of Florida is ranked among the top 15 public universities in the nation by and the Agricultural and Biological Engineering department has been ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report. Now, our Packaging Program has been ranked 6th out of 20 packaging programs featured by ValueColleges.com.
Our program focuses on all of the aspects involved in the design and creation of food packaging, from computer design skills to biochemistry and physics. Learn more about UF ABE Packaging program here!
At this year’s Recognition Luncheon, ABE recognized two distinguished professionals in the field of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Congratulations to Adam Skolnik and Robert Horton!
Adam Skolnik – ABE Distinguished Achievement Award
Adam is currently the CEO of Melni LLC, a startup company that aired on ABC’s Shark Tank series, and is also the founder of Perfect Timing Capital LLC, which has investments in commercial and income producing real estate along with equity positions in various other start-up businesses. His professional experience and skill set comes from over 35 years leading and growing companies such as Senninger Irrigation Inc., and Irrigation Components International Inc., private manufacturing and distribution companies. He also spent several years at an executive level of Valmont Industries Inc., (“VMI”), a publicly-traded global manufacturing company. Adam has been involved in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, including, while CEO of ICII, being acquired by a private equity group and becoming the platform company several mergers were built upon.
Adam also currently serves on the University of Florida Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department advisory board, along with being a member of FAN (Florida Angel Nexus)
Robert Horton – ABE Distinguished Alumnus Award
Robert serves as vice president of the Environmental Affairs Department at Dallas Fort Worth Airport. He provides strategic and innovative leadership for DFW Airport’s environmental and sustainability programs which have resulted in key domestic and global awards for the airport including:
* 2016 – First Carbon Neutral Airport in North America and largest airport in the world to achieve Carbon Neutrality to date (ACI-NA).
* 2016 and 2017 Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership (EPA, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry)
He has developed one of the leading environmental and sustainability programs for DFW Airport which is the third busiest airport in the world. Prior to working at DFW Airport, Mr. Horton served in various key leadership roles with several engineering consulting firms. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida.