Despite circumstances that have delayed our annual meeting, IBE had a very successful year. I am particularly pleased with having so many new members, especially the many young professionals engaged with the organization. As my term as President now draws to a close, I have the great privilege of recognizing a few outstanding IBE members.
First, I am delighted to announce the naming of Dr. Ronald C. Sims as IBE Fellow. Dr. Sims is a Professor of Biological Engineering at Utah State University, and has been instrumental in the growth of IBE. Dr. Sims has put extraordinary energy and enthusiasm into IBE, particularly encouraging the engagement of students with the organization. Dr. Sims was IBE President in 2012. Please welcome Dr. Sims to the class of IBE Fellows.
I am also happy to announce the naming of Dr. Czarena Crofcheck for the 2020 Biological Engineering Leadership Award. Dr. Crofcheck is Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky, and has over the years served as IBE Councilor, Program Chair, Treasurer, and on the Membership Committee. Dr. Crofcheck was IBE President in 2013. Please congratulate Dr. Crofcheck on this deserved achievement in recognition of her many contributions.
Finally, I am pleased to recognize a few members with 2020 Presidential Citations for their stellar contributions to the organization. Frankly, these individuals have enabled the very successful year:
To Dr. Ryan Summers and Dr. Ashik Sathish for creatively implementing Membership activities in support of IBE.
To Dr. Sabrina Jedlicka for reinvigorating processes to recognize members for their outstanding contributions to IBE through Annual Awards.
To Nathan Guymon for developing social media platforms and procedures to facilitate communication for the benefit of all IBE members.
Please join me in thanking these members on their efforts on behalf of IBE.
Hopefully, all of these Awardees will be recognized in person at a future IBE conference!