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Sours, Tatum collect 2024 ASABE awards

June 4, 2024
Jaden Tatum (left) and Patrick Sours

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announced its 2024 major award winners last week as a part of its monthly newsletter. Two members from The Ohio State University's Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering were among the 27 recipients selected. 

FABE faculty Patrick Sours received the Robert E. Stewart Engineering-Humanities honor while recent Ph.D. candidate Jaden Tatum earned the Pharos of Alexandria Global Learning award.

The Robert E. Stewart Engineering-Humanities award recognizes an outstanding individual for their contributions to the advancement of the interaction of the profession and the humanities, including the arts, foreign languages, English, history, linguistics, music, philosophy, religion, or theater.

Sours leads the Global Capstone program in FABE, facilitating long-term community impact projects focused on technical challenges co-defined, co-designed and co-implemented by students and a range of community partners around the world. Through this program, he's traveled to Honduras, Tanzania, and Ghana. 

The Pharos of Alexandria Global Learning award recognizes a junior or senior undergraduate, or graduate student member who has excelled and demonstrated leadership on the local, national and /or international levels as shown by their activities and offices held at each level. The candidate who receives this award should also have expressed their desire to be actively involved in ASABE. The award includes an engraved plaque and a check for $1,000. 

Tatum joined the department in 2019, researching grain drying and storage for developing countries for her dissertation and investigating shallow geothermal heating and cooling systems in Ohio greenhouses. She received her Ph.D. in spring 2024. 

Both Sours and Tatum will be honored at the 2024 ASABE Annual International Meeting in Anaheim, California from July 28-31.