Dr. Stephen Searcy at FAFS for program evaluation and synergies

Dr. Stephen Searcy, President of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (2017-2018), Senior Professor and Head, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University, visited FAFS in October 2018. The main purpose of his visit was to review the existing FAFS curricula; and identify possible synergies between departments and programs in terms of research, teaching of the Senior Capstone course, and other activities especially with respect to the Water-Food-Energy-Health nexus.

Dr. Searcy assessed the compatibility of the Agriculture program as relates to the requirements of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and checked whether the ABET is applicable to additional FAFS departmental programs, such as food science, agribusiness, etc.

Searcy also conducted several stakeholders meetings, including with FAFS faculty, chairpersons, staff and administrators. He attended departmental meetings, observing the roles, strengths and needs of the departments. Together with AUB’s upper administration, Dr. Searcy visited AREC. After also reviewing the new FAFS’ strategic plan, Dr. Searcy will provide a written report that includes his recommendations, offers practical solutions for their implementation, provides feedback on any identified gaps in the curricula, and proposes synergies between the various programs. Dr. Searcy’s report will also include suggestions and a detailed plan for moving forward with ABET accreditation for Agriculture.