ABE Student receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Land and Water Resource Engineering student Sharmin Siddiqui was selected for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. This program recognizes outstanding students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. This fellowship is awarded to students attending accredited U.S. institutions who are pursuing a research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.

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Siddiqui is graduating from the UF Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department with a specialization in land and water resource engineering. Her project will focus on the impact of dams on the Amazon and works to determine management strategies that will support the conservation of the Amazon River.

A group of 2,000 students were selected for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program from over 12,000 applicants. These selected students will have opportunities for international research and professional development, along with the freedom to conduct their own research. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend along with a cost of education allowance for tuition and fees.

Siddiqui plans to continue her graduate studies at the University of Florida where she will pursue her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering.

Congratulations to Sharmin Siddiqui on achieving this great honor! For more information, visit the NSF article by clicking here.

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ABE Professor elected to Irrigation Association Board of Directors

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Michael Dukes, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Professor

Dr. Michael Dukes, professor and irrigation specialist at the University of Florida, has been elected to the Irrigation Association Board of Directors, which establishes the association’s strategic direction, policies and programs.

The board monitors current and evolving industry trends, determines strategic priorities, defines public policy positions and acts as stewards of IA’s financial resources. Directors are elected each fall by regular members of the association and represent the diversity of member types and market segments. The Irrigation Association is a leading membership organization for irrigation companies and professionals.

According to a news release from the Irrigation Association, Dukes’ first exposure to the irrigation industry was in his uncle’s irrigated cornfield. He has almost exclusively worked in irrigation research and education throughout his career and has been active with the Irrigation Association since 2001.  Serving in the  Smart Water Application Technologies group of the IA, he developed the rain sensor test protocol used to test a variety of commercially available products.

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In addition, Dukes has been a member of the Irrigation Show Technical Program Committee since 2006 and has served as vice chair and chair of that committee. He has won many awards and honors for his work, including the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Fellow in 2017 and the Irrigation Foundation Excellence in Education Award in 2014.

ABE at UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center 100th Anniversary

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John K. Schueller, ABE affiliate professor, (right) receives a plaque as an invited speaker at the Citrus Research and Education Center’s 100th Anniversary celebration during Distinguished CREC Alumni Forum from Michael Rogers (left), director of UF CREC

ABE Affiliate Professor John K. Schueller was an invited speaker at the Distinguished CREC Alumni Forum as a part of the celebrations of the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center’s 100th anniversary. It is UF’s first and biggest research and education center outside of Gainesville. Prof. Schueller’s presentation included descriptions of the cooperative research he has conducted with former ABE faculty Jodie Whitney, Bill Miller, Masoud Salyani, and Reza Ehsani at the CREC.

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From left to right:  Jodie Whitney, Masoud Salyani, Bill Miller, Larry Parsons

Former UF ABE faculty members Jodie Whitney, Masoud Salyani, and Bill Miller were also in attendance at the CREC anniversary celebration. All three are enjoying retirement and recently celebrated Jodie’s 80th birthday. They are shown at the center with fellow CREC retiree, Larry Parsons.

To learn more about the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center, watch this video presented by UF/IFAS.

 

ABE Grad Student Wins UF 3MT

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Thiago receives 1st place award at UF 3MT competition

Congratulations to ABE graduate student Thiago Borba Onofre who won the UF Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition! His thesis presentation is titled A Wireless Sensor Network for a Strawberry Disease Warning System. Thiago’s advisor is Dr. Clyde Fraisse, who specializes in the development of climate risk mitigation tools for agricultural and natural resources managers. Thiago advances to the regional competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) on February 22-25, 2018 held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to compete again. Great job, Thiago!

 

 

2017 Water Institute Fellows

Congratulations to David Kaplan (left) and Sanjay Shukla (right) – this year’s Water Institute’s Faculty Fellow Award recipients. To learn more visit http://waterinstitute.ufl.edu/people/spotlight/index_detail.asp?ID=84

ABE 3 Minute Thesis + Videos 2017

If you attended ABE’s Three Minute Thesis and Video Contest (3MT+V) last Thursday evening (Oct. 25, 2017), you know what a great job everyone did!

Congratulations to the following 3MT winners and participants:

  • Kirsten Paff
  • Ixchel Hernandez
  • Marcelo Calle
  • Victoria Morgan
  • Thiago Onofre- 1st place- $75
  • Kira Hansen- runner-up- $50

Congratulations to the following video (2V) winners and participants:

  • Hao Gan- People’s Choice Award- $75
  • Thiago Onofre
  • Nick Cavallaro
  • Marco Pazmino

 

 

 THANK YOU to the Graduate Professional Development Committee and Chair Thiago Onofre, our judges Amy Buhler and Stephanie Webster, Dr. Haman and the ABE Department for support and cash prizes, Daniel Preston for technical support, and most of all to the students for stepping out of their comfort zone and challenging themselves to present their research in 3 minutes or less!

 Stay tuned for more success as three of our grads move on to compete at the University 3MT with the first heat beginning tomorrow and the finals on November 9th at 2 pm. http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/about-us/events/3mt/

Next Leaders Reunion Program- CIGR

UF ABE professors Won-Suk “Daniel” Lee and John K. Schueller were of the academic faculty selected to participate in the “Next Leaders” reunion program of Section III (Plant Production) of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.   The fourteen participants also included Prof. Daniel Marchal de Queiroz of Universidade Federal de Vicosa (Brazil) and Prof. Michihisa Iida of Kyoto University (Japan) who had spent year-long sabbaticals in UF ABE.   The group visited agricultural equipment manufacturers in Iowa and Illinois, various fruit orchards in Washington state, and participated in special events at the Annual International Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in Spokane.

The attached photos are of their visits to John Deere, CNH Industrial and apple and cherry orchards in Washington State.