Nokes named ASABE Fellow


BAE Department Chair and Professor Sue E. Nokes, PE, was named an ASABE Fellow at the organization's 2016 Annual International Meeting in Orlando. 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. This is ASABE’s highest honor. 

Sue Nokes upon receiving ASABE Fellow award

Dr. Nokes' professional achievements are detailed in the ASABE announcement below:

Sue E. Nokes, PE, Chair and Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, is being honored for her outstanding contributions in bioprocessing research and teaching and her leadership in agricultural and biological engineering. 

Nokes is currently the principal investigator on a multidisciplinary, multi-institution project funded by a USDA Biomass Research and Development Initiative grant. The project, On-Farm Biomass Processing: Towards an Integrated High-Solids Transporting/Storing/Processing System, was the first to successfully produce butanol from a sequential co-culture of anaerobic bacteria on lignocellulosic substrate. Nokes has been a collaborator with industry research on solid substrate cultivation and the production of industrial enzymes for animal feed supplements. Nokes served as a technical coordinator and steering committee member on the Kentucky Rural Energy Consortium, a partnership organization comprised of several research universities, research centers, and government organizations with interests in promoting energy research and deployment for the benefit of Kentucky citizens.

As the Chair of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, she grew the student enrollment from 75 to 200, while also adding a technical systems minor. She has served as an advisor for many graduate students, as well as a frequent mentor to high school and undergraduate students. Many of her advisees have been women, and she has continually worked to promote the role of women in agricultural and biological engineering. Her grant-writing efforts have secured millions of dollars in funding to support University of Kentucky research labs, graduate fellowship, and research programs. Nokes is a decorated educator, having won the University of Kentucky Provost's Outstanding Teaching Award, the USDA National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the Henry Lutes College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as many other departmental teaching honors.

A 29-year member of ASABE, Nokes has provided valuable leadership on the ASABE Board of Trustees as treasurer, the Engineering and Technology Accreditation committee, the Finance committee, and the Stewart Engineering Humanities Award committee, among many others. Nokes has volunteered extensively for ABET as a program reviewer and has been heavily involved with developing online training for engineers preparing for the Professional Engineering licensure exam. 

Nokes is the author or coauthor of more than 60 refereed journal articles and book chapters. She is an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow, a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and a member of the Society for Women Engineers.