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Copyright 2013. Association of Chinese Agricultural, Biological, and Food Engineers. All Rights Reserved.




PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE


Dear Friends, Colleagues, and AOC members,

As many of you may know, this year is the AOC's 15th

anniversary. It is an honor for me to serve as the President

of our organization at such a landmark time, as we reflect

on and commemorate the AOC's past, as well as build on

those achievements for AOC's future. I hope that in the coming year, we will, with our combined efforts, create a more thriving and influential AOC.

This summer, we held a successful AOC annual business meeting and award banquet in Orlando, Florida during the 2016 Annual International Meeting of ASABE. During the business meeting, we elected four new members at large to the AOC board. I also appointed Dr. Zifei Liu of Kansas State University to serve as Vice President. Aside from his eminent qualifications, he has, throughout the years, made lasting contributions to AOC. At the AOC award banquet, 150 people attended the festivities, and I was thrilled to meet and catch up with old and new members, students, and friends of AOC, as well as to celebrate the past 15 years of our wonderful organization.

Indeed, during the past 15 years, so many people have helped to brilliantly shape and define AOC. We also have obtained pivotal support from organizations such as ASABE and research agencies and universities in China. My goal this year is to not simply continue AOC's success but to build on it. I hope to particularly do so by establishing new features for AOC's future development. With this goal in mind, below are some of the tasks I have prioritized in my agenda:

  1. Updating and improving our bylaws. This year, we are going to revisit AOC's bylaws, with the objective of removing ambiguities and revising with more accurate statements.  We also will be adding items into the bylaws regarding the President's Nomination and Advisory procedures.
  2. Improving AOC's social media and Internet presence. Fifteen years ago, the iPhone hadn't even been released, and Internet speeds were treacherously slow. Today, most, if not all of us, operate primarily via the Internet and our mobile devices. I aim to have AOC get further up to speed on the Internet front. We'll be revamping our website, not only by updating and improving our layout and design but also by increasing functionality. We also plan on expanding and furthering our social media presence through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, WeChat. I strongly encourage all members to join our groups on these various platforms, and I hope that these groups will not only keep members updated on AOC's activities but also fuel further collaborations and dialogue between AOC members.
  3. Improving AOC programs and promoting membership. We will be heavily evaluating the current AOC programs and improving them. We also will be moving to create an ASABE-level award, and making efforts to increase the size of our individual and institutional membership.
  4. Establishing a mentor program on the web and/or mobile platforms for AOC senior members, to help students and young scientists/professors overcome issues and problems in work and social life. One of my great personal joys at the AOC activities was meeting students and younger AOC members, and hearing about their burgeoning careers in our field.  They are the future and hope of our community, and as they forge their careers, they will face various challenges, and will need the guidance and assistance of our more senior members. I hope we can initiate this mentorship program this year, and create the foundation for this program to continue under future AOC leadership.
  5. I want to thank all the members of AOC again for their enthusiasm and passion for our terrific organization. As your president, I hope that I will meet and hear from many of you throughout this year, and of course, I would love to hear your suggestions and feedback on the leadership and operation of AOC. This organization has had 15 wonderful years-here is to many, many more!



Sincerely,

Yanbo Huang

AOC President (2016-2017)

 


 


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