Md. Abdul Momin has been appointed Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Arkansas in the Pine Bluff Department of Agriculture.
He will teach a variety of courses on energy and machinery and agricultural production systems.
Momin is tasked with challenging the agricultural majors of UAPB to develop and improve the next generation of agricultural equipment, machinery and mechanics, construction equipment, powertrains and hydraulics, according to a press release.
He will also be involved in the development of the study program, advice to students, supervision of internships, collaboration with industry, recruitment of students, evaluation as well as the development. and the delivery of training programs in industry. In addition, he will seek grant opportunities, participate in campus governance and participate in community engagement opportunities.
Momin’s research interests focus on agricultural and biosystems engineering, with an emphasis on information and communication technologies in agriculture.
He joined UAPB after working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Davis from 2018 to 2020. There he used biodetection technologies to develop energy efficient dehumidification systems to reduce postharvest losses of agricultural products and food.
From 2016 to 2017, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he gained experience in precision farming technologies in sugarcane production. . One of his accomplishments was the creation of a yield mapping system for sugar cane. Based on GPS data collected from combines, tractors and semi-trailers, the mapping system allows producers to collect data on the yield and characteristics of the sugarcane as it is harvested. .
As a postdoctoral researcher at North Dakota State University, he worked closely with the extension service on a project related to the use of woody biomass affected by flooding for six months.
Momin obtained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. After graduation, he began teaching college courses in agricultural engineering at the university.
He taught in various roles for over 10 years and was responsible for overseeing student research projects.
In 2013, he obtained a PhD from the Graduate School of Agriculture at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan.
His studies focused on postharvest processing using biodetection technology.
As part of his doctoral research, Momin developed machine vision systems for citrus and soybean inspection.
Because his work has shown commercialization potential, he won the “Young Researcher Academic Award” from the Japan Society of Agricultural Machinery and Food Engineers in 2013 and 2015.
He has authored a number of journal articles, print and online publications, and presentations on precision farming systems and other agricultural engineering topics.
He received the Elsevier Reviewer Recognition Award from the Editorial Board of Computers and Electronics in Agriculture and the Prime Minister Gold Medal Award for his high academic performance at the Agricultural University of Bangladesh.
Momin’s professional memberships include the Institution of Engineers – Bangladesh, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and the Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery.