Wilhelm Named ASAE Fellow

ST JOSEPH, MICHIGAN—The American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) has named Luther R. Wilhelm a Fellow of the Society. Wilhelm will be inducted at a ceremony on Tuesday, July 30, during the 2002 ASAE Annual International Meeting, being held July 28–31 at the Chicago Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Wilhelm is being recognized for his many contributions to engineering education and for his service to the engineering profession and ASAE.

Interim associate dean of the College of Engineering and professor of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Wilhelm has been very successful as an advisor and teacher of agricultural engineering. As an educational innovator, he was in the forefront in introducing computers into the classroom, and he has promoted broader agricultural engineering education with active participation on review panels in the process of improving educational programs. His research efforts toward the formulation of a set of algorithms to calculate fundamental psychrometric properties have found application in a wide variety of research fields and modeling algorithms. His current research is involved with monitoring and controlling animal housing environments.

A 36-year member of ASAE, Wilhelm has strongly supported professional engineering registration efforts within the Society, devoting considerable time and expertise to preparing questions for the PE exam. He has also been very active as an editor for ASAE publications and as a contributor to ASAE standards development. Wilhelm is a member also of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.

Wilhelm received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee, in 1960 and 1971, respectively. A native of Camden, Tennessee, he now resides in Rockford, Tennessee.

Only about two percent of the active members of ASAE have achieved the grade of Fellow. To be considered, an individual must demonstrate unusual professional distinction, with outstanding qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural engineering. Other requirements also apply and include 20 years or more profession or teaching of engineering and 20 years or more membership in ASAE.

Dolores Landeck, ASAE PR Manager

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