Dr. Blessing Masasi joins UAPB as Assistant Professor in Agricultural Engineering

Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Humanities

Dr Blessing Masasi has been appointed Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). He will teach courses in energy and machinery, agricultural production systems, and soil and water systems.

In this role, Dr Masasi is tasked with challenging students at UAPB’s Department of Agriculture to develop and improve the next generation of agricultural equipment and machinery, construction equipment, powertrains and hydraulic systems. .

Dr Masasi’s work will focus on improving animal and plant production. Specifically, it will explore ways to improve production environments for animals and plants, create more efficient conservation systems and reduce the environmental impacts of production and agriculture.

He will also be involved in recruiting and counseling students, supervising internships, developing curriculum, collaborating with industry, and developing and delivering training programs in the field. ‘industry. He will also seek out grant opportunities and participate in campus governance and community engagement opportunities.

Dr Masasi joins UAPB after working as a postdoctoral fellow for the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University (OSU). There he was responsible for studying the effects of water availability and variable management practices on the performance of major agricultural crops in the southern Great Plains.

He also worked as a graduate research assistant for OSU. In this role, he worked on crop modeling techniques for agricultural water management and evaluated the performance of Oklahoma irrigation systems.

Prior to his studies at OSU, Dr Masasi worked as an irrigation specialist for a water management consultancy in Zimbabwe. He also worked as a lecturer in agricultural engineering for Watershed College in Marondera, Zimbabwe. From 2007 to 2012, he was a research agricultural engineer for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation and was responsible for studying the effects of various tillage practices on soil moisture. soil and nutrient retention, soil erosion and crop productivity.

Dr Masasi obtained a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from OSU. He also holds an MSc in Water Science and Engineering from the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands, and a BS in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe.

Its professional memberships include the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), the Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, the US Society of Irrigation and Drainage Professionals, and the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers.

He is the author of a number of journal articles, abstracts and presentations on irrigation systems and other topics related to agricultural engineering. His honors and awards include the OSU Sitlington Enriched Graduate Scholarship, the Irrigation Association E3 Scholarship, the ASABE Educational Aid Blue Ribbon Award, and the Countries Scholarship Program Scholarship. -Low.

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