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DEPARTMENT NEWS
 
 
 

Two new faculty members join the ABE department  
Two new outstanding faculty members joined the ABE department in July 2020: Cody Allen and Mohammed Kamruzzaman. Allen is assistant professor in off-road equipment engineering. Kamruzzaman is assistant professor in sustainable bioprocessing. The department is excited to welcome both outstanding scholars. They will undoubtedly make significant contributions to our teaching and research programs in off-road equipment engineering and bioprocessing. READ MORE 

 
 

Four ABE faculty promoted to associate professor with tenure
Four outstanding ABE faculty have been promoted to associate professor and granted indefinite tenure effective August 2020: Rabin Bhattarai, Maria Chu, Girish Chowdhary, and Paul Davidson. Promotion to associate professor with tenure is a distinct honor reserved for faculty members who have made contributions of an appropriate magnitude and quality in research, teaching, and service, and have demonstrated a high likelihood of sustaining contributions to the field and to the department. READ MORE

 
 

Richard Cooke receives Fulbright grant for rice productivity research in Sierra Leone
Richard Cooke, professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for the 2020-2021 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Cooke will conduct research on rice productivity with faculty and graduate students from several departments at Njala University in Sierra Leone. READ MORE

 
 

College of ACES recognizes ABE excellence
Each year, the College of ACES recognizes a select group of faculty, staff, and students who demonstrated outstanding achievements and exceptional service to the college. This year, Jamison Watson, Paul Davidson, Richard Cooke, and IBRL team (Jedi Brown, Beth Conerty, Brian Jacobson, James Johnson, Phillip Manning, Ronda Sullivan, Vijay Singh and Eric Wolfe) belong to this distinguished group. We are proud and inspired by these award recipients for their dedication and commitment to excellence. READ MORE

 
 

The Grainger College of Engineering recognizes excellence by ABE faculty and staff
Each year, the Grainger College of Engineering recognizes a select group of faculty, staff, and students for their achievements and contributions to the college. We are proud to announce that Anne Marie Boone and Girish Chowdhary belong to this distinguished group. Boone is a recipient of the 2020 Engineering Council Outstanding Advisor Award. Chowdhary is a recipient of the 2020 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. READ MORE

 
 

U of I receives funding to create, expand mental health resource network for farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded nearly $7.2 million for the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center (NCFRSAC), a 12-state collaborative that will create and expand stress management and mental health resources and services to agricultural producers and stakeholders in the North Central region. The project is led by Josie Rudolphi, assistant professor in agricultural and biological engineering. READ MORE

 
 

Appropriate-Scale Mechanization Consortium for Sustainable Intensification
The Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (ASMC), hosted in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois, received a $2.25 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue work on empowering smallholder farmers in West Africa and Asia through sustainable mechanization. The ASMC, led by Prasanta Kalita, is a multi-university effort with collaborators at U of I, Michigan State, Kansas State and North Carolina A&T State. READ MORE

 
 

Project Based Education via Community Engagement for Disaster Relief and Resiliency
Luis F. Rodriguez, associate professor in agricultural and biological engineering at University of Illinois, has received a $750,000 grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop project-based education on disaster relief and resilience. READ MORE

 
 

Center for Digital Agriculture at Illinois receives $20M to develop new AIFARMS institute
The National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes awarded $20 million to the Center for Digital Agriculture for the new Artificial Intelligence for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management, and Sustainability (AIFARMS) institute. The project team includes Girish Chowdhary and Angela Green-Miller, both associate professors in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. READ MORE

 
 

AgrAbility celebrates 30th anniversary
Illinois AgrAbility acknowledged 30 years of service to Illinois agricultural producers with a virtual Anniversary Celebration on September 29, 2020. Since 1990, Illinois AgrAbility has provided direct services to over 800 farmers with physical limitations and disabilities and provided education about assistive technologies and referrals to another 1200 producers. READ MORE

 
 
 
ABE IN THE NEWS
 
 
 

U of I bioprocessing lab’s sanitizer serving campus health, safety needs – FarmWeek (Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory)

Contextual engineering adds deeper perspective to local projects – ACES News (Ann Witmer)

Meet Ann Brunton – 2020 AWWA Woodard & Curran Scholarship Recipient – WoodardCurran.com (Ann Brunton, Richard Cooke)

Five ACES faculty members receive major ASABE awards – Agri News (Richard Cooke, Paul Davidson, Vijay Singh, Prasanta Kalita)

Deeper dives into drainage water management could help reduce nutrient runoff – FarmWeek (Rabin Bhattarai)

Soil robots just another tool for ag in 2020 – Illinois Farmer Today (Girish Chowdhary)

3D printing finds use in ag product development – Illinois Farmer Today (Yuanhui Zhang)

Resource – Explore: Find your path to success with a degree in Agricultural Technology and Systems Management – ASABE (Adiel Di Bartolomeo, Matt Harper, Brandon Narcisse, Eddy Mondesir, Richard Cooke)

A Hispanic Heritage Month salute to Illini present and past – The News-Gazette (Paul Davidson, Ann Witmer)

Four ambitious Urbana campus-based projects will receive $125,000 in R&D funding from the Discovery Partners Institute – The News-Gazette (Girish Chowdhary)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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