Mari Chinn honored with engineering award

Dr. Mari Chinn, associate professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University, was honored with the 2011 A.W. Farrall Young Educator Award given by the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Chinn received the award during the 2011 ASABE Annual International Meeting, held earlier this year in Louisville, Ky. She received the award “for her outstanding leadership contributions to educating future agricultural and biological engineers through teaching, research and professional service,” according to ASABE.

“Her high level of dedication and motivation, natural leadership skills, and gregarious personality make her one of the best and brightest educators of the current agricultural and biological engineering profession,” the society said in an award announcement.

Established in 1972, the award recognizes and honors ASABE members under 40 years of age for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the profession and to stimulate professional achievement.

Endowed by the family and friends of ASABE past president and Fellow A.W. Farrall, who was associated with Michigan State University’s Agricultural Engineering Department, the award honors outstanding success in motivating others in the application of engineering principles to the problems of agricultural engineering.

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