Engineers Nominated by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Naomi Uhlenhake, P.E.
As the first Agricultural Engineer employed by Frontier FS Cooperative, a division of Fortune 500 Company GROWMARK, Naomi Uhlenhake, P.E., works closely with agronomists and farmers around the state of Wisconsin providing solutions for waste and stormwater management issues. In her position, Naomi strives to protect the environment by providing expertise to farmers in construction and expansion permitting requirements and acting as a liaison between her clients and government agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and County and Township departments and committees. Naomi develops designs for stormwater management, manure management, leachate runoff control systems, and engineering portions of Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs). Naomi graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Systems Engineering in 2006 and earned her Professional Engineering License in 2010.
Wm. Brock Faulkner, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Wm. Brock Faulkner, Ph.D., P.E., a Research Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, has worked in agricultural air quality and developed previously unavailable particulate matter (PM) emission factors (EFs) for feedyards employing dust suppression sprinklers, for dairies, and for cotton and almond harvesting. Brock developed a wind tunnel for testing PM samplerswithagricultural-typedusts,enablingerrorcharacterizationin agricultural-type , standard reference samplers and leading to discussions with EPA about current problems in agricultural PM measurement. Brock’s air quality work has led to fourteen peer-reviewed publications, multiple speaking invitations, his membership on a four national committees, and consulting work regarding pre-construction permits for feedmills and fertilizer agricultural processing facilities.He has also worked in cotton production/processing, evaluating the feasibility of picker harvesting cotton in the Texas High Plains, where stripper harvesting is traditional but new high yields may reduce its advantages.
Daniel Mullenix, E.I.T.
Daniel Mullenix, E.I.T, is a research engineer in Auburn University’s Biosystems Engineering Department and concurrently pursuing a master’s degree. His research blends precision agriculture, machine automation, and alternative energy production at the farm level to assess the economic and environmental impacts of irrigation for biodiesel production and quality for the development of small-scale, on-farm biodiesel production systems. To educate producers, students and the public on current research in precision agriculture and alternative energy, Daniel works with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and has written or assisted with the creation of more than three dozen engineering information tools and publications.
Daniel assists in teaching bioenergy and precision agriculture courses and realizing the necessity of licensure to advancing the profession, he has organized and taught various review sessions for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. He leads departmental student recruiting and advocates for Biosystems Engineering at high school career fairs, summer engineering camps, Colleges of Engineering and Agriculture events, departmental tours, educates K-12 students on current research in Biosystems Engineering and has developed website material to foster prospective student interest.
Shelley Crawford received her bachelor’s degree in Biosystems Engineering with a specialization in food engineering at Michigan State University in 2006. Upon graduation, she was hired by the Kellogg Company. She was a key team member in the design, installation and start-up of a new morning foods manufacturing plant. As a process engineer she has been part of the successful launch of 20 new cereal innovations. In a short period of time, she has been recognized as a coatings expert in the company and has risen to the position of Business Unit Manager for the W.K. Kellogg Institute of Food and Nutrition Research.
She generously gives her time to activities such as serving on the board of the Great Lakes Section of The Institute of Food Technologists, presenting at the MSU and the National Society of Women Engineers, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, and speaking to high school students about careers in science and technology.