Published: Nov 28, 2007 11:01:00 AM
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Oladiran Fasina, associate professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering, received two prestigious awards at this year's international meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Fasina was honored with a presidential citation and a standards development award for leading the successful development of the new international standard, "ASABE/ANSI S593 Terminology and Definitions for Biomass Production, Harvesting and Collection, Storage, Processing, Conversion and Utilization."
As a new bio-based economy emerges in the U.S., this standard will serve a critical role by allowing engineers, scientists, biomass commodity producers and manufacturers of biofuels and bioproducts to communicate using consistent terminology. Fasina led a diverse, multidisciplinary group of engineers and scientists through the consensus building process to develop this standard. In 2006, Fasina received a leadership citation from ASABE for his role as chair of the committee whose work led to this international standard.
ASABE is the society for engineering in biological, agricultural, food, forest, and natural resource systems. In 2007, ASABE is celebrating its 100th year of providing engineering solutions for the necessities of life, such as safe and healthy food, abundant clean water, fiber for clothing and shelter, and renewable energy.