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UC Davis Professors Receive Three Awards from ASABE

Posted on: February 6, 2013

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has presented three of its highest awards to three UC Davis professors: Paul Singh (Massey-Ferguson Educational Gold Medal), Shrinivasa Upadhyaya (John Deere Gold Medal), and Wes Wallender (Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award). The awards will be presented during the 2013 ASABE Annual International Meeting, to be held July 21-24 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Paul Singh, distinguished professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, focuses his research on heat and mass transfer in foods during different methods of food treatment. He received the Massey-Ferguson Educational Gold Medal, to honor his dedication to the spirit of learning and teaching in the field of agricultural engineering, for the advancement of agricultural knowledge and practice, and his inspiration to others.

Shrinivasa Upadhyaya, a professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, focuses his research on sensor and instrumentation development for precision agriculture, soil dynamics, mathematical modeling, and surface irrigation management. Upadhaya received the John Deere Gold Medal to honor his application of a new concept, product, art or science that advance the development of agriculture through engineering for improved manipulation, use and conservation of soil-water resources.

Wes Wallender, a professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, focuses his research modeling and measurement of precipitation- and irrigation-driven watersheds from meter to kilometer scales. Wellender's nterests extend to water and energy conservation and to protection of the environment, leading to his selection for the Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award. This award honors and recognizes a member of ASABE who has performed noteworthy contributions to the advancement of soil and water engineering in teaching, research, planning, design, construction, management or development of materials.

Founded in 1907, the ASABE’s 9,000 members, representing more than 100 countries, advance engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. To support the world’s increasing population the ASABE focuses on efficient and environmentally sensitive methods to produce food, fiber, timber and renewable energy sources.

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For more information on Paul Singh, visit his webpage.

For more information on Shrinivasa Upadhyaya, visit his webpage.

For more information on Wes Wellender, visit his page.