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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Shearer Reappointed as Department Chair of FABE

June 14, 2019
Dr. Scott A. Shearer has been reappointed as Department Chair FABE for a four-year term through June 30, 2023

Dr. Scott A. Shearer has been reappointed as Chair of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) at The Ohio State University. Shearer joined the department as Chair in 2011. This will be his third four-year term in the role. 

Shearer received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from The Ohio State University. Prior to 2011 he was Chair of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky.  

Highlights of his research career include development of methodologies and controls for metering and spatial applying crop production inputs (seed, fertilizer and pesticides); modeling of agricultural field machinery systems; autonomous multi-vehicle field production systems; strategies for deployment of UAS in agriculture; and analyses of production agriculture data sets. He has lead research supported by over $12M in grants; authored more than 200 technical publications (refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, meeting papers and book chapters); and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences, professional meetings and farmer forums. Shearer is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

In an email to the college, Cathann A. Kress, Vice President for Agricultural Administration & Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, praised Shearer’s strategic leadership of the department, contributions to the CFAES Leadership Team, and strong connections with external partners. 

In his past year as chair, FABE has seen a significant jump in rankings among top programs for agricultural and biological engineering. The graduate program rose from 11thto 9th, while the undergraduate program rose from 11thto 7thin the nation according to U.S. News & World Reports. 



by Chip Tuson