Fall 2020 Newsletter – Contents

  1. Election of Youngmi Kim for BAE Division Secretary
  2. BAE Division Officers
  3. 2021 BAE Call for papers (Deadline: Mon. October 12, 2020)
  1. Best CDEI paper submissions
  2. BAE division website
  3. List of Upcoming Section and Zone Meetings


1. Election of Prof. Youngmi Kim for BAE Division Secretary


The BAE Division is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Youngmi Kim for the position of Division Secretary. Dr. Youngmi Kim, an assistant professor in Ag Engineering Technology department at University of Wisconsin, River Falls, holds a B.E. and M.E. both in Biological Engineering from Inha University in South Korea. Her Ph.D. is in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. After earning her doctorate, Dr. Kim continued her affiliation with Purdue for 8 more years as a Bioprocess Research Engineer and has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters. Her expertise area includes lignocellulosic biofuels and chemicals, biomass conversion, bioprocess engineering, food process engineering, renewable energy, enzyme technology and process simulation.


2. BAE Division Officers


Ever wonder who our fearless leaders are? Our officers from 2020-2021 are:

Chair:                            Dr. Janie McClurkin Moore
                                       Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
 Awards Chair:          Dr. Alicia A. Modenbach, P.E.
Program Chair           Dr. Heidi A. Diefes-Dux
and Chair-Elect:        Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Secretary                     Dr. Youngmi Kim
and Webmaster:      Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

If you would like to join the leadership team and climb through the ranks, participate on our committees, or lead us in a new adventure, please contact any of your officers or join us at our ASEE national convention business meeting (see below).


3. 2021 BAE Division Call for Papers


The Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) invites abstracts and subsequent papers for the 2021 ASEE Annual Conference being held in Long Beach, California from July 26-29, 2021.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative strategies and/or technology to enhance teaching and learning
  • Integration of diversity and global issues in the classroom
  • Design experiences in the curriculum
  • Student recruitment, retention, placement, and first-year experiences
  • Service-learning and experiential learning
  • Extension engineering education
  • Best practices for ABET
  • Educational issues relevant to the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus
  • New trends in Biological and Agricultural Engineering education
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in the classroom

The division accepts abstracts for 1) Completed works on relevant topics that include data or assessment, and 2) Works-in-progress (does not need to include complete data or assessment). For both tracks, an abstract must be submitted, and if accepted a paper will be requested for peer review. A submission to the work in progress track should include the phrase “Work in Progress” in the title. The division highly encourages submissions from members and non-members who have not presented at previous ASEE conferences, particularly for the works-in-progress track.

The division encourages proposals for a panel session or other special format technical session. The proposed session may fall under one of the categories listed above or may be something different of interest to the division. One potential special format is: 5-minute postcard session. If you have other ideas for a panel session, please contact the program chair.

Abstract submissions will begin on September 8, 2020 and will be accepted until October 12, 2020. All abstracts and papers must be submitted electronically via ASEE’s Monolith system. You will be able to find submission deadlines, required formats, and other information via the main ASEE website:

Call for Participants in Special Panel Session – COVID Inspired Creativity in BAE: The BAE division is interested in hosting a panel discussion with a panel comprised of 3-6 individuals who have been inspired to create innovative teaching strategies or curriculum in response to the ways in which COVID-19 has impacted the way we teach Biological and Agricultural Engineering course content. To accompany the panel discussion, the program chair will facilitate the assembly of a single co-authored paper that briefly shares those innovations. To be considered for the panel discussion, send a maximum 200-word abstract describing the innovation directly to the program chair by October 7, 2020.

For questions and comments, please contact:

Heidi Diefes-Dux, Program Chair, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Division





4. Best CDEI (Commission on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) Paper Submissions


The BAE division invites papers for the ASEE Best Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award at 2021 ASEE Annual Conference.  The Best Diversity Paper Competition seeks to identify highly impactful efforts by ASEE authors that broaden participation in engineering and influence the inclusive, diverse future of engineering. Detailed guidelines are rubric can be found from the link below:


5. BAE Division Website

The BAE division website has been updated. The link for official BAE website is:


6. List of Upcoming Section and Zone Meetings

Want to stay connected between annual meetings?  For a listing of upcoming Section and Zone Meetings, check here: