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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Mancl Awarded ASABE Grade of Fellow

May. 19, 2023
FABE Professor Karen Mancl

Karen Mancl, a professor in The Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was awarded the Grade of Fellow by The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in the class of 2023. 

ASABE defines a Fellow as a member of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in, or related to, the field of agricultural, food, or biological systems engineering. ASABE Fellows possess a minimum of 20 years of active practice in, or related to, the profession of engineering; the teaching of engineering; or the teaching of an engineering-related curriculum and a minimum of 20 years as an active Member-Engineer or Member in ASABE. This is ASABE's highest honor. 


Mancl is being honored for her commitment to eliminating the discharge of water pollutants from homes, communities and food industries in rural America.

Karen Mancl is a nationally known expert in onsite wastewater treatment having conducted research, written and taught the subject for 40 years, publishing over 50 journal articles and 80 Extension publications. She is originally from Wisconsin where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Karen has a Master's Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Texas, and received her PhD at Iowa State University in Water Resources. In 2010, she received a second MA Degree in East Asian Studies and conducts research and teaches wastewater treatment in rural China.  In 2019, she received her third MA Degree in Public Policy and conducts research at the Woodrow Wilson Center – China Environment Forum on environmental policy in rural China.

She will be inducted at a July 10 ceremony at the 2023 ASABE Annual International Meeting, in Omaha. View the entire class of 2023 ASABE Fellows. 

Congratulations to Karen Mancl!