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Ann M. Ross, a senior in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, was selected to receive the 2010 ASABE Foundation Engineering Scholarship by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), the society for engineering, food and biological systems.
Ross is the recipient of the scholarship grant which is presented annually to an ASABE student member enrolled in an ABET or CEAB accredited agricultural/biosystems engineering program. To qualify students must maintain a high grade point average, verify that graduation assures eligibility for the Professional Engineering licensing exam, and can attest to the need for financial aid.
As the scholarship recipient for 2010, Ross was presented with the $1,000 scholarship grant on behalf of ASABE by Dr. Gerald Riskowski, Professor and Head of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University at the June 21 Texas A&M University reception held during the ASABE Annual International Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. The scholarship is made possible by the generous contributions of ASABE members through the ASABE Foundation.
Ross is studying Biological and Agricultural Engineering with an emphasis of study on environment and natural resources. Accodring to Ross, "I chose agricultural engineering because of my love of agriculture combined with math and design. In the summers of 2009 and 2010, I have worked for the United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) as an Agricultural Intern.. My ultimate goal is to become a full time employee with USDA-NRCS upon my graduation in May 2011. The USDA-NRCS is an organization that works with ranchers and farmers to help them conserve soil, water, and other natural resources. The many experiences I've had while working with this organization has allowed me to apply all of my classes to actual engineering problems. I am anxious and very excited to graduate and obtain my agricultural engineering degree so that I will soon be able to use my design ideas to help farmers and ranchers thrive and be successful while increasing the conservation of the land in the process."
A 1-year member of ASABE, Ross served as vice president of ASABE student branch at Texas A&M University, and has been involved in various ASABE Texas Section activities. She has chaired the Texas A&M Department of BAEN curriculum and BAEN Mexico Exchange Program committees, and has been involved in various community and volunteer activities. Ross is a member of six honorary societies and has received two BAEN Departmental Scholarships.
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an International educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to the biological, agricultural, and food systems. Founded in 1907 and headquartered in St Joseph, Michigan, ASABE comprises 9,000 members from more than 100 countries. Further information on ASABE can be obtained by contacting the society at (269) 429-0300 (phone) or (269) 429-3852 (fax); firstname.lastname@example.org. Details can also be found at http://www.asabe.org.