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Dr. Nokes is a long-time member of ASABE, the national professional society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and served as the society’s President for 2019-2020. It was during her tenure as President that the Circular Economy for Food and Ag Systems initiative was adopted by the ASABE Board of Trustees as a Society Priority, which is why you may see several biological and agricultural engineers among the organizers and moderators of today’s sessions.
Dr. Nokes has been a member of the faculty at the University of Kentucky since 1995 in a. Sue served as the department chair of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering department from 2011 through 2017. Dr. Nokes has been in the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Facilities role in the College of Engineering since 2019. Dr. Nokes has received several teaching awards, including ASABE’s A.W. Farrall Young Educator Award in 2000 and the Provost’s teaching award in 2012. Dr. Nokes has published over 60 peer reviewed articles and four book chapters and has received over $10M in grant money from sources including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and industrial support. Nokes’s research involves mathematical modeling of biological systems, specifically the microbial conversion of biomass into chemicals and fuels. Nokes holds one patent.