Dr. Alioune Fall


MS, 1983
Sam Houston State University

PhD, 1997
Agricultural Engineering

Dr. Alioune Fall is the director general of the Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA) and has spent a career working to provide sufficient, safe, and nutritious food for active and healthy lives. His areas of specialization are the agricultural technology and innovation management system (modeling, artificial intelligence), agricultural research management, research evaluation, post-harvest technology, and mechanization.

Dr. Fall’s research career spans 35 years. He joined ISRA in 1984 as a researcher in the Casamance region (southern Senegal). After obtaining his doctorate, he was moved to the National Agronomy Research Center (CNRA) of Bambey, where he was appointed national coordinator of the post-harvest technology program.

From 2000 to 2008, Dr. Fall was director of the Saint-Louis Regional Center for Agricultural Research. In 2002, he became the national research coordinator on irrigated systems of CORAF, an international non-profit association working to enhance prosperity, food, and nutrition security in west and central Africa.

He helped negotiate the new ISRA establishment regulations with the Government of Senegal and played a key role in decompartmentalizing research at the national and international levels. Dr. Fall chaired the executive group from 2014 to 2016.

His other leadership roles include scientific director of ISRA from 2008 to 2013 and chairman of the CORAF board from 2014 to 2018. Since August 2016, he has been a member of the scientific council of the French Research Center CIRAD and was appointed board chairman in February 2018, by order of the French Minister for Agriculture.

He is president of the Korea-Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative, which brings together 23 African countries, in bilateral cooperation with South Korea, and president of the Senegalese Association of Agricultural Engineers (ASIA).

Dr. Fall was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite agricole de France in 2017 and Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Lion du Sénégal in 2018.

Established in 2004, the BAE Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an alumnus or alumna who has distinguished himself/herself as a leader in the biological/agricultural engineering profession through professional contributions, public service, and personal accomplishments. Alumni who have graduated at least ten years ago with an undergraduate and/or graduate degree are considered.