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Stikeleather in 2009 ASABE Fellows class


Dr. Larry F. Stikeleather

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has named Dr. Larry F. Stikeleather, PE, to its 2009 class of ASABE Fellows. Stikeleather is one of 15 individuals who were inducted in a ceremony held June 23, during the ASABE Annual International Meeting, in Reno, Nevada.

Stikeleather is a professor of biological and agricultural engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University. He was selected for the honor in recognition of his many outstanding accomplishments in industry and academia as a researcher and professor. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the area of machine design and the interaction of machines with their human operators. He spent 16 years in industry with Universal Oil Products Company and Allis-Chalmers Corporation, during which his contributions and service were focused on innovations in operator comfort and safety of agricultural equipment. He was actively involved in standards development at the national and international level in the area of operator whole-body vibration and ride comfort.

Stikeleather pioneered and patented a concept for active seat suspension technology, along with an on-board computer control, which allowed the commercialization of active seats on agricultural tractors. His work has received 11 patents in a wide range of topics, including active vibration control for seat suspensions for tractors and construction machinery, rapid extraction methods for bioactive compounds from plant material, and biofuels conversion processes. His current research involves processes for converting renewable oils and fats to “drop-in” transportation biofuels such as bio-gasoline and bio–jet fuel. Funded by the N.C. Biofuels Center, the project involves the departments of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

For the past 24 years, Stikeleather has been training engineers at N.C. State; he is currently teaching Analytical Methods in Mechanical Design and Introduction to BAE Methods. He has authored or coauthored more than 45 refereed journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and technical publications.

A 41-year member of ASABE, Stikeleather has contributed his leadership and expertise to various Society technical committees, including the Textbooks and Monographs and PE Exam review committees. He was an ASABE Distinguished Lecturer in the tractor design series entitled Operator Seats for Agricultural Equipment.

Stikeleather’s previous awards and honors include a Society of Automotive Engineers Technical Board Certificate of Appreciation in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the ASAE Human Factors Committee, an Acoustical Society of America Certificate of Appreciation for Significant Contributions to ANSI Standards, and ASABE Wisconsin Section Engineer of the Year Award. He has been an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers for more than 40 years.

To be considered for election to the grade of Fellow, an individual must demonstrate unusual professional distinction, with outstanding qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural engineering. Twenty years' membership in ASABE is also required. Only about two percent of the active members of ASABE have achieved the grade of Fellow.

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is a scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. -- ASABE