Ajit Srivastava honored with 2012 James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award

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AJIT K. SRIVASTAVA, P.E., ASABE FELLOW, is the recipient of the 2012 James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award in recognition of his exemplary and sustained academic leadership, and for his outstanding contributions to teaching and research; and dedicated service to the profession and ASABE. Srivastava, professor and chair, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, has provided positive and impactful academic leadership as chair of the department for more than 15 years. He has always assumed a servant leadership approach to his responsibilities, with a clear dedication to elevating and improving the academic programs, scholarly activities, and the professional growth and success of the faculty, staff, and students.

In 1999, Srivastava initiated a faculty-led strategic planning process that resulted in significant focusing and redirection of the departmental mission. His foresight and vision proved invaluable in leading the department through very challenging administrative times. The outcome has been a department that is growing, dynamic, and sharply focused. As a result of his leadership, undergraduate and graduate enrollment and external funding has greatly increased, academic programs are thriving, strategic hires are enhancing core program areas, and the department has received the vast support of faculty, stakeholders, and university administration personnel. He has also provided critical leadership in serving on multiple task forces that are guiding the future of the MSU College of Agricultural and Natural Resources. Srivastava has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in biosystems and agricultural engineering, and has served on guidance committees of more than 40 MS and PhD students. For his dedication to teaching he was awarded the Withrow Excellence-in-Teaching award by Michigan State University's College of Engineering.

His research has focused on machinery systems for improving the productivity and profitability of the American farmer. Most notably, his research on rotary grain-straw separation has contributed to the development of rotary combines. Additionally, he has worked on soil compaction, fruit and vegetable mechanization, including post-harvest engineering, and value-added processing. For his work in these areas, he has received two patents. Srivastava has authored or coauthored more than 50 publications. He was the lead author of the major textbook Engineering Principles of Agricultural Machines, published by ASABE and in use by more than 30 universities in the U.S. and abroad.

A 39-year member of ASABE, Srivastava has provided leadership to numerous committees within the Power and Machinery division and Food and Process Engineering Institute, as well as P-515 Textbook and Monograph and ED-210 Department Administrators committees. He has also served on the Publications council, and as a trustee on the Foundation board. In addition to various teaching awards, Srivastava has received Distinguished Alumni awards from Rutgers University and the Ohio State University, and a Dean's Honor and College Merit certificate from the U.P. Agricultural University, India. His ASABE recognitions include a Paper award and election to Fellow in 2009. He is a member of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE) and two honorary societies.