TAEX Specialists

Roy E. Childers, Jr., extension agricultural engineer. B.S., Texas A&M University, 1970; M.S., 1972. Provides statewide leadership for extension education programs in cotton ginning systems, environmental air quality, safety and cotton planting, cultivating and harvesting equipment. Provides statewide support for GOSSYM/COMAX applications. Interests include cotton ginning and use of computers for farm decision aids. Member: American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Registered professional engineer. Email: r-childers@tamu.edu

Guy Fipps, associate professor and extension agricultural engineer. B.S., Texas A&M University, 1979; M.S., North Carolina State University, 1984; Ph.D., 1988. Extension programs in irrigation and water management, drainage, water quality, simulation models for water management. Research programs in water management, salinity management, groundwater modeling, drip irrigation, computer applications, and sensor technology. USDA National Needs Fellow. Member: American Society of Agricultural Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; International Water Resources Association; American Geophysical Union. Charter Member of the Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association. Registered professional engineer. Email: g-fipps@tamu.edu

Joseph Henggeler, associate professor and extension specialist. B.A., Immaculate Conception Seminary, 1971; M.S., Utah State University, 1982. Extension program s in irrigation efficiency and crop water use. Projects on drip irrigated row crops, urban water use, and impact of climate on crops. Interest in irrigation economics and use o f saline water. Member: American Society of Agricultural Engineers.Email: j-henggeler@tamu.edu

Bruce J. Lesikar, assistant professor and extension specialist. B.S., Texas A&M University, 1987; M.S., 1989; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1992. Extension programs in water and air quality, solid waste management, onsite wastewater treatment, point and nonpoint source pollution abatement, and application of organic residuals. Research on particulate emissions from processing and production facilities; and water and wastewater treatment for residential, community, and agricultural sources. Member: American Society of Agricultural Engineers; National Society of Professional Engineers. Vice President: National Chapter Alpha Epsilon-Honor Society for Agricultural Engineers. Email: b-lesikar@tamu.edu

Leon New, professor and extension agricultural engineer. B.S., Texas A&M University, 1960; M.S., Texas Tech University, 1974. Irrigation system design, technology and management; plant-soil-water relationships; irrigation equipment selection and pumping plant performance; power requirements, energy use and irrigation costs; water quality. Member: The Irrigation Association, Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association. Registered professional engineer.

Stephen W. Searcy, professor. B.S., University of Missouri, 1974; M.S., 1976; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1980. Research on electronic applications for agricul ture, machine vision for machine and process control, microprocessor-based system development, site specific farming techniques. Teaches digital logic and compute r design. International experience in system development and machine vision. Member: Ameri can Society of Agricultural Engineers; Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engine ers; National Society of Professional Engineers; Society of Automotive Engineers; American Soc iety for Engineering Education. Registered professional engineer. Email: searcy@zeus.tamu.edu

Rose Mary Seymour, assistant professor and extension specialist. B.S., North Carolina State University, 1983; M.S.,North Carolina State University, 1986; Ph.D.,Colora do State University, 1990. Extension programs in surface irrigation management and irrig ation scheduling technology; water conservation and water quality management; irrigati on system design; interest in research in soil physics and groundwater hydrology. Projects include demonstrating LEPA and surge irrigation and using potential evapotranspi ration to determine irrigation requirements. USDA Needs Fellow. Member: American Soc iety of Agricultural Engineers, Irrigation Association, American Society of Civil Eng ineers, Alpha Zeta Fraternity - Alumni, Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association. Email: r-seymour@tamu.edu

Bryan W. Shaw assistant professor and extension agricultural engineer. B.S.,Texas A&M University, 1988; M.S., 1990; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1994. Extension programs in application of safety engineering and human factors engineering principles to accident prevention, occupational safety standards, design of production and processing systems, and handling and application of agricultural chemicals. Research interests in chemical handling and air quality. Member of American Society of Agricultural Engineers, National President of Alpha Epsilon - Agricultural Engineering Honor Society, Member of National Institute for Farm Safety. Email: bw-shaw@tamu.edu

John Sweeten professor, associate department head and Extension Program Leader for Agricultural Engineering B.S., Texas Tech University, 1967; M.S., Oklahoma State University, 1967; Ph.D., 1969. Extension programs in agricultural waste management; water quality and utilization. Serves as extension issue coordinator for water quality and conservation. Projects on land application of wastes, odor an d dust control, dairy wastewater treatment, feedlot runoff, manure collection, energy f rom biomass. More than 280 technical and extension publications. Texas Agricultural Extension Superior Service Award; Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award; G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award; Deputy Chancellor's Awards in Excellenc e for Team Research and for Extension Team; Young Engineer of the Year; Epsilon Si gnma Phi State Distinguished Achievement Award; Brazos Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Member and Fellow: American Society of Agricultural Engi neers. Serves on Agricultural Advisory Committee to Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. Registered professional engineer. Email: j-sweeten@tamu.edu