Searcy named President-Elect of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Steve Searcy, Department Head

Steve Searcy, Department Head

It is with great pleasure to announce that Dr. Stephen W. Searcy has been selected as the incoming President-Elect of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Dr. Searcy has previously served on the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer for ASABE. Dr. Searcy will assume the role of President elect in July 2016 and become President in July 2017.

Dr. Searcy joins a celebrated group of individuals associated with our department who have served in this distinguished role.

  • Daniels Scoates – 1918
  • Price Hobgood – 1964-65
  • Robert E. Stewart – 1970-71
  • Edward A. Hiler – 1991-92
  • Terry A. Howell, Jr. – 2014-15
  • Mary Leigh Wolfe – 2015-16


Stephen W. Searcy, PE, ASABE Fellow, has been elected president of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

Searcy will begin a three-year term at the close of the 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting, to be held 17-20 July, in Orlando, Florida. He will serve one year each as president-elect, president, and past president.

Searcy is professor and head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, where he provides statewide administrative support and guidance for a faculty of 37 as they address the land-grant university missions of teaching, research, and extension to serve the public good. As well as being a respected administrator, he is known worldwide for his research concerning precision agriculture.

A member of ASABE since 1980, Searcy has served as society treasurer, as a trustee, and as a member of a variety of technical and executive committees. He was inducted an ASABE Fellow in 2008.

Searcy will succeed Maynard Herron, PE, AGCO Corp., who begins his tenure as ASABE president at the close of the Orlando meeting. Also taking office at that time will be three newly elected trustees:

  • Amy Kaleita, PE, associate professor, Iowa State University
  • Eric B. Smith, standards manager, John Deere
  • Curtis Weller, PE, ASABE Fellow, director, Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Complete election results are available here and include Nominatiing committee representatives.

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (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, or visiting

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