Officers

Current: 2022

Executive Committee

Chair: Abdolhossein (Hossein) Edalati, MS – UC Davis BAE Department

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I am a PhD Student in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at UC Davis. I have worked in the areas of bioenergy, bioproduct manufacturing, and agricultural waste management and recycling. I completed my Bachelors in Biosystems Engineering from UC Davis in 2006 and my Masters in Biomedical Engineering from UC Irvine in 2007. My research is focused on waste management and recouping value in food waste and agricultural residues by recycling them back on the farm. I first got involved in the Section in 2015. Goals that I, along with the rest of the Officer Team, have for the Section this year is to to create more opportunities for CA/NV member for networking, career building, and knowledge transfer as well as to continue to develop our Student Rally, engage students, and our Student Branches. In my free time I enjoy everything football (soccer). I coach an under 17 Boys team and I am a Youth Program’s Coach for Sacramento Republic FC.

Vice Chair: Steve Zicari, PhD PE – California Safe Soils

stevezicari2-175Hello! I’m pleased to serve as the Vice Chair for the ASABE CA/NV section in 2022. Currently I am the Chief Technology Officer at California Safe Soil, LLC, a company based near Sacramento, CA where we convert organic food- and agricultural-byproducts into fertilizers, feeds, and other bioproducts. I earned my PhD in Biosystems Engineering at UC Davis and MS/BS degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University. As a practicing Professional Engineer in Ag. and Bio. Engineering, I look forward to supporting our student-members and -chapters to grow their access to an industry network (and vice-versa!). I became an engineer to implement innovative solutions to improve resource-use efficiencies so that we can sustainably feed and fuel our growing population. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and two kids travelling, skiing, and eating yummy food!

Treasurer: Mohammad Sadek, PhD – Cal Poly SLO BRAE Department

mohammadsadek-square175Dr. Mohammad Sadek is an Assistant Professor in the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering (BRAE) Department at Cal Poly State University. His area of expertise is agricultural machinery systems and automation. With a mechanically inclined background, Dr. Sadek believes that the wheel is one of the greatest inventions of all time. The rotational motion has solved many problems in the world. To upkeep his believe, he is also moving around the world. He has traveled and lived in many countries around the globe. Dr. Sadek is originally from Bangladesh. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from Bangladesh, he moved to Thailand for his master’s degree. Prior to start at Cal Poly, he lived in Canada, where he earned his doctorate degree and worked several years in Buhler Industries Inc. as a new product development engineer. Finding cheaper solutions for a problem brought him to the engineering field. He loves to call him poor man’s engineer. As an engineer, Dr. Sadek enjoys building games and toys using engineering principles. In his free time, he likes to move, I mean travel with his family. His favorite places have been the Great Wall of China and Banff in Alberta, Canada. His goal is to keep travelling and fulfill his dream of a world tour. He also enjoys cooking, loves to make his fusion recipes.

Secretary: Charles Hillyer, PhD – CSU Fresno CIT

CharlesHillyer-175Charles Hillyer joined the Center for Irrigation Technology at California State Univ., Fresno as Director in October of 2019. Prior to joining CIT, Charles has worked at a small startup company, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Oregon State Univ., and Mississippi State Univ. Charles’ focus on irrigation management and technology began when he joined Dr. Marshall English’s research team at Oregon State Univ. as a graduate student in 2004. Since then, Charles has worked on various irrigation topics including deficit irrigation management, variable rate irrigation, data exchange, and standards development. He is active in several professional societies including ASABE, the Irrigation Association, and AgGateway. Charles is the current head of the US delegation to the ISO TC23/SC18 committee on irrigation equipment.

Past Chair: Lynn Groundwater, MS PE – Provost & Pritchard

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Lynn has worked as an Associate Engineer with Provost & Pritchard at their Clovis office since 2015 and has nearly seven years of experience in civil and agricultural engineering. She has worked on SGMA projects including Basin Boundary Modifications and Groundwater Sustainability Plans, feasibility studies, water well projects, and water resources design projects. Lynn graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering from Cal Poly, SLO and got her Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. Lynn has her Professional Engineering License in Civil Engineering and in Agricultural Engineering. Lynn was named the ASABE California/Nevada Section Engineer of the year in 2018. She is the Chair of the ASABE California/Nevada Section. Some would say that with the last name of Groundwater, a career in the water industry would be only natural. Lynn’s first introduction into engineering was through her father who was an engineer at a water district in Northern California. Lynn enjoyed math and science in high school and wanted to go to college for engineering. After taking a few agricultural engineering classes at Cal Poly, she knew that was the right major for her. Now she works on water resources studies and design projects in the Central Valley. Outside of work, Lynn enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Kyle, and spending time with their animals. They have a small farm in the country with a cat, a dog, two turtles, and three horses. Lynn has ridden horses most of her life and loves having her horses at home. When they aren’t at home Lynn and Kyle enjoy camping, hiking, and traveling. Their latest adventure was getting married in October and going on their Honeymoon to New Zealand.

Standing Committee

Membership Chair: Kristen Perano, PhD – USDA NRCS

KPerano-175Kristy is a Civil/Agricultural Engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service for Nevada and Placer counties in California. She graduated from UC Davis with a major in Biological Systems Engineering and a minor in Animal Science in 2012. She then attended Cornell University, earning her Masters’ and PhD in Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell. Her PhD research focused on conductive cooling systems for dairy cattle, specifically the production benefits, moisture accumulation, and heat flow in a cooling system that circulates chilled water through cows’ mats to relieve heat stress. She also contributed to research projects on ventilation systems, computational fluid dynamics, and bioenergetic modeling for dairy cattle while at Cornell. She is originally from Jackson, CA where she grew up on a cattle ranch that has been in the family for five generations. In her free time, she enjoys helping on the family ranch, gardening, and cross-country skiing. She is also very active in advocating for refugees, especially Afghans and Iraqis who worked as interpreters for the US military but face difficulties in obtaining visas to get to safety.

Program Chair: Carolyn M. Jones, PE – USDA NRCS

carolynjones2020-square175Carolyn earned an Agricultural (Biological Systems) Engineering BS degree from UC Davis in 2001 where she spent two years as a live-in caretaker at the Animal Science Horse Barn. In 2000, Carolyn was introduced to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as a student intern in the Dixon Field Office. After graduation, she joined NRCS at the State Office where conservation and agricultural engineering took her as far north as Tulelake, as far west as Ukiah, as far east as Auburn, and as far south as Modesto. Her design projects have varied from irrigation and tailwater return to dairy manure management to stream and wetland restoration to small pond design and design/computation tool development. In 2004, Carolyn obtained her Civil Engineering Professional Engineering (PE) license. She transferred to the Napa Field Office in 2006 and has been working with landowners and partnering agencies on erosion control, storm water conveyance, livestock water systems, irrigation water management, and stream restoration design projects. In 2007, she earned her Agricultural Engineering PE license and is proud to be double-registered, including in the field of her passion – agriculture! In January 2012, Carolyn was promoted to the Bay/Delta Team Engineer and serves 8 counties. Carolyn served as Acting State Conservation Engineer for 4 months in 2017. Carolyn was a 2009-2011 ASABE Trustee, was the 2010-2012 Chair of ASABE’s Professional Engineers Institute, has been active in the CA/NV Section since 2001, and participates on a number of Natural Resources and Environmental Systems (NRES) technical committees.

Public Relations: Lynn Groundwater, MS PE – Provost & Pritchard

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Lynn has worked as an Associate Engineer with Provost & Pritchard at their Clovis office since 2015 and has nearly seven years of experience in civil and agricultural engineering. She has worked on SGMA projects including Basin Boundary Modifications and Groundwater Sustainability Plans, feasibility studies, water well projects, and water resources design projects. Lynn graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering from Cal Poly, SLO and got her Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. Lynn has her Professional Engineering License in Civil Engineering and in Agricultural Engineering. Lynn was named the ASABE California/Nevada Section Engineer of the year in 2018. She is the Chair of the ASABE California/Nevada Section. Some would say that with the last name of Groundwater, a career in the water industry would be only natural. Lynn’s first introduction into engineering was through her father who was an engineer at a water district in Northern California. Lynn enjoyed math and science in high school and wanted to go to college for engineering. After taking a few agricultural engineering classes at Cal Poly, she knew that was the right major for her. Now she works on water resources studies and design projects in the Central Valley. Outside of work, Lynn enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Kyle, and spending time with their animals. They have a small farm in the country with a cat, a dog, two turtles, and three horses. Lynn has ridden horses most of her life and loves having her horses at home. When they aren’t at home Lynn and Kyle enjoy camping, hiking, and traveling. Their latest adventure was getting married in October and going on their Honeymoon to New Zealand.

Career Development: Luis Cabrales-Arriaga, CSU Bakersfield Physics & Engineering Department

Cabrales_Luis-175Luis Edgar Cabrales Arriaga was born in Tampico, Mexico. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Tamaulipas in Altamira, Mexico. He gained experience working as an engineer at M&G Polymers, one of the largest polyester producers in the world. Afterwards, he went on to earn an MS in Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University (TTU) working on research projects related to polymer science. Then, he joined the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute (FBRI) at TTU as a research associate. While working at the Institute, he earned a Ph.D. with specialization in Fibers and Biopolymers from TTU in 2011. Currently, he is the Chair and Associate Professor at the Department of Physics and Engineering at California State University-Bakersfield. His research interests are in the areas of functionalization of polymeric surfaces to impart antibacterial, hydrophobic, UV protection, photocatalytic, and oleophobic properties. He is also interested in the study of cellulose materials and the synthesis of polyesters from renewable resources, their characterization, and their processing. At CSUB, he continues to work on research related to materials science and engineering while initiating the engineering sciences program. Furthermore, he has been working in water treatment technologies which are cost-effective to solve some of the needs of the region.

Awards Chair: Alejandro Andrade-Rodriguez, PhD – UNR Ag, Vet, & Rangeland Sci Department

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Manuel Alejandro is an assistant professor in water and irrigation management at the Department of Agriculture, Veterinary, and Rangeland Sciences of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Alejandro received a doctoral and master’s degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in Irrigation Engineering from Manuel Andrade, PhD the University of Chapingo in Mexico, his country of origin. Before joining UNR, Alejandro worked as a Research Engineer with Texas A&M Agrilife in Amarillo, TX, as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Bushland, TX, as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Arizona, and as an Irrigation Engineer with the Mexican National Institute of Water Technology in Morelos, Mexico. Alejandro developed and teaches two new courses at UNR, titled Principles of Irrigation Water Management and Applied Programming for the Agricultural Sciences. Alejandro’s research program at UNR has the overarching goal of developing knowledge that will improve the management of irrigation water resources used in arid and semi-arid areas. Among his current research interests are precision irrigation, deficit irrigation, irrigation scheduling methods, plant and soil water sensing systems, crop modeling, decision support systems, and the application of heuristic optimization methods and artificial intelligence for the solution of complex problems in irrigation water management that cannot be tackled with traditional methods

Industry/Student Liaison: Yike Chen, PhD – California Safe Soils

Chen, Yike-175Yike Chen is working as a Scientist at Codexis in the Bay Area. He earned his PhD degree in Biological Systems Engineering from UC Davis in 2020 and worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at UC Davis before he continued to pursue his career goal in the bio-industry. Before coming to the US, he got his Bachelor’s degree in 2012 from the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China. He proceeded his study overseas as a 3+2 exchange student at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and earned his Master’s degree in 2014. His research focused on bioprocess development, organic waste management, and sustainable production of biofuel and bioproducts. He is currently interested in applying his knowledge of fermentation and biosystems engineering in performance enzyme production at industrial scale. He was also one of the Business Development fellows offered by the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In Yike’s spare time, he enjoys cooking, traveling, and training his one-year-old Labrador Retriever puppy. He believes his experience and connections in both academia and industry would benefit the students, industrial professionals, and even early entrepreneurs in networking within the ASABE spectrum.

PAST: 2021

Executive Committee

Chair – L. Groundwater, MS PE; Provost & Pritchard

Vice Chair – T. Barzee, PhD; UC Davis BAE Dept.

Treasurer – M. Sadek, PhD PE; Cal Poly SLO BRAE Dept.

Secretary – C. Hillyer, PhD; CSU Fresno CIT

Past Chair – C. Jones, PE; USDA NRCS

Standing Committee

Membership Chair – K. Perano, PhD; USDA NRCS

Program Chair – I. Donis-Gonzales PhD; UC Davis BAE Dept.

Public Relations – S. Mehan, PhD; Ohio State FABE Dept.

Career Development – L. Cabrales, PhD; CSUB Physics & Engr

Awards – A. Andrade, PhD; UNR Ag, Vet, & Rangeland Sci Dept.

Industry/Student Liaison – S. Zicari, PhD PE; CSS, LLC

PAST: 2020

Executive Committee

Chair – L. Groundwater, MS PE; Provost & Pritchard

Vice Chair – T. Barzee, PhD; UC Davis BAE Dept.

Treasurer – B. Liu, PhD; Cal Poly BRAE Dept.

Secretary- C. Hillyer, PhD; CSU Fresno CIT

Past Chair – A. Edalati, MS; UC Davis BAE Dept.

Standing Committee

Membership Chair – J. Meyers, MS; USDA NRCS

Program Chair – M. Sadek, PhD PE; Cal Poly SLO BRAE Dept.

Public Relations – I. Donis-Gonzales PhD; UC Davis BAE Dept.

Career Development – C. Jones, PE; USDA NRCS

Awards – S. Mehan, PhD; Ohio State FABE Dept.

Industry/Student Liaison – S. Zicari, PhD PE; CSS, LLC

PAST: 2019

Executive Committee

Chair – A. Edalati, MS; UC Davis BAE

Vice Chair – L. Groundwater, PE; Provost and Pritchard

Secretary/Treasurer – B. Liu, PhD; Cal Poly BRAE

Past Chair – B. Sethuramasamyraja, PhD; CSU Fresno

Standing Committee

Membership Chair – T.Barzee, MS; UC Davis BAE

Program Chair – T. Cotten, PE; SCE

Public Relations – A. Skidmore; CSU Fresno

Career Development – C. Jones, PE; USDA NRCS

Awards – R. Ehsani, PhD; UC Merced

Industry/Student Liaison – F. Putri, MS; UC Davis BAE

PAST: 2018

Executive Committee

Chair – Balaji Sethuramasamyraja, Ph.D; CSU Fresno

Vice Chair- Hossein Edalati, MS; UC Davis BAE

Secretary/Treasurer – Bo Liu, PhD; Cal Poly BRAE

Past Chair – Carolyn Jones, PE; USDA NRCS

Standing Committee

Membership Chair – Zhongli Pan, PhD; UCD BAE & USDA NRCS

Program Chair – Traeger Cotten, PE; SCE

Public Relations- Tyler Barzee, MS – UC Davis BAE

Career Development- Shawn Ashkan – CSU Fresno</span

Awards – Nick Simonian, MS – CSU Fresno

Industry/Student Liaison- Ferisca Putri – UC Davis BAE

PAST: 2017

Executive Committee

Chair – Balaji Sethuramasamyraja, Ph.D; CSU Fresno

Vice Chair – Yiannis Ampatzidis, Ph.D; CSU Bakersfield

Secretary/Treasurer – Bo Liu, PhD; Cal Poly BRAE

Past Chair – Carolyn Jones, PE; USDA NRCS

Standing Committee

Membership Chair – Zhongli Pan, PhD; UCD BAE & USDA NRCS

Program Chair – Traeger Cotten, PE; SCE

Career Development – Shawn Ashkan; CSU Fresno

Public Relations – Hossein Edalati, MS; UC Davis BAE

Awards – Nick Simonian; CSU Fresno

Industry/Student Liaison – Pappu Yadav, MS; CSU Fresno

PAST: 2015-2016

Executive Committee

Chair – Noelle Arredondo, PE; Meyers Construction

Vice Chair – Balaji Sethuramasamyraja, PhD; CSU Fresno

Secretary/Treasurer – Andy Holtz, PhD; Cal Poly BRAE

Past Chair – Carolyn Jones, PE; USDA NRCS

Standing Committee

Membership Chair – Yiannis Ampatzidis, PhD; CSU Bakersfield

Program Chair – Traeger Cotten, PE; SCE

Career Development – Arturo Barajas; Cal Poly BRAE

Public Relations – Hossein Edalati, MS; UC Davis BAE

Awards – Nick Simonian; CSU Fresno

Industry/Student Liaison – Tyler Niday; OMC

PAST: 2012-2014

Executive Committee

Chair – Carolyn Jones, PE; USDA NRCS

Vice Chair – Noelle Arredondo, PE; Meyers Construction

Secretary/Treasurer – Andy Holtz, PhD; Cal Poly BRAE

Past Chair – Victor Duraj; UC Davis BAE & WCAE

Standing Committee

Membership Chair – Betsy Gerwig, PE; JM Lord, Inc.

Program Chair – Traeger Cotten, PE; SCE

Career Development – Not filled

Public Relations – Bob Coates, M.S.; UC Davis BAE

Awards – Richard Cavaletto, PhD PE; Cal Poly BRAE

Industry/Student Liaison – Not filled

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