Searcy appointed interim head of biological and agricultural engineering

Dr. Stephen SearcyDr. Stephen W. Searcy, professor and associate department head, has been named interim head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University.As associate head, Searcy has provided leadership on a wide range of projects, including strategic planning, and curriculum and facilities development. He is also coordinator of the Agricultural Systems Management Program.Searcy is known worldwide for his research on precision agriculture and has published extensively, receiving several ASABE Paper and Blue Ribbon Extension Aids awards. A 28-year member of ASABE, Searcy was named a Fellow in 2008 and in 2009 was elected treasurer of the society, both a recognition of outstanding service or contribution to the discipline of agricultural and biological engineering.Searcy holds a B.S. in agricultural mechanization, a B.S. in agricultural engineering, and an M.S. in agricultural mechanization from the University of Missouri. He earned a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1980. Searcy has been a member of the Texas A&M faculty since 1980 where, in addition to his current administrative responsibilities, he has conducted research on intelligent machine systems for agriculture, with emphasis on bioenergy logistics, cotton engineering and precision agriculture in addition to teaching courses on electronic and machine systems, information systems, design and research. In the past, Searcy conducted extension programs focused on precision agriculture technology adoption.Searcy is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology