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COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Alex Thomasson has been named Texas Section Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Thomasson is the endowed chair in cotton engineering in the department of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station.
The award is given to individuals who provide significant contributions to the agricultural profession through professional excellence and dedication to service, according to the association.
His work has focused on engineering research related to ginning and production of cotton, most recently measuring cotton fiber quality and contamination, as well as applying sensors and data analytics to optimize production of cotton and other crops. Thomasson’s research has also included the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, as remote-sensing platforms, and robots as proximal-sensing platforms to measure crop conditions.
Thomasson earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Texas Tech University, master’s degree in agricultural engineering from Louisiana State University and doctorate in agricultural engineering from the University of Kentucky. He has also worked as a research engineer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service Cotton Ginning Laboratory in Stoneville, Mississippi, and as a faculty member at Mississippi State University.