New Faces of ASABE Class of 2018

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Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has named thirteen young members to its class of 2018 "New Faces of ASABE – Professionals."

In addition, Farzaneh Khorsandi Kouhanestani (photo, above) was chosen as the top honoree among the thirteen and will represent ASABE at Engineers Week activities in Washington, DC, beginning February 17. She is an extension specialist with the University of California, Davis, focusing on agricultural safety and health.

Nominated by engineering colleagues and fellow ASABE members, the 2018 Class of New Faces of ASABE was formally announced this week, at the 2018 Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference, in Louisville.

Through the their professional and extracurricular pursuits, New Faces of ASABE, all 35 years of age or younger, represent the best of a profession that endeavors throughout the world to improve quality of life and make sustainable use of precious natural resources. 

The 2018 class includes:

  • Suraj Amatya, PhD, Robotics Engineer, John Deere, Urbandale, Iowa
  • Chance Corum, BS, Product Verification & Validation Engineer, John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline, Illinois
  • Farzadeh Khorsandi Khouhanestani, Extension Engineering Assistant Specialist, University of California, Davis
  • Deepak Kumar, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Alex McLemore, PhD, Assistant Professor, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, Georgia
  • Sushant Mehan, MTech, Bilsland Dissertation Fellow, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Natalie Nelson, PhD, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Justin Noland, BS, Compliance Engineer, Kubota Tractor Corporation, Grapeville, Texas
  • Oluwafemi Oyedeji, MS, Research Assistant, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Vivek Sharma, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
  • Asmita Shukla, PhD, Senior Hydrologic Data Analyst, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Brooksville, Florida
  • Kaliramesh Siliveru, PhD, Research Associate, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Aaron Turner, MS, Engineering Associate, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Profiles of the honorees will be available online soon. Contact Dolores Landeck for additional information and for high-resolution photos.

New Faces of ASABE celebrates the activities and accomplishments of ASABE members, whose stories serve as inspiration to their peers, the public, and the future engineers who will follow in their footsteps. The program has two categories, College Edition, for third-year and higher undergraduates, and Professionals, for professional members age 35 and younger.

Nominated by engineering colleagues and fellow ASABE members, the 2018 Class of New Faces of ASABE was formally announced this week, at the 2018 Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference, in Louisville.

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300, emailing hq@asabe.org or visiting www.asabe.org/.

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