The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has named a new assistant professor for agricultural engineering. Dr. Blessing Masai will fill the role, providing courses on agricultural production systems, soil and water systems, and power and machinery.
In his research, Masai will concentration on animal and plant production and how to enhance production environments for these organisms. He will also investigate how to create efficient conservation systems and how to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture.
His new role will also entail student recruitment and advisement, as well as curriculum development, internship supervision and industry collaboration.
Masai recently served as a postdoctoral fellow and graduate research assistant at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. He holds a doctorate in biosystems engineering from OSU, as well as a master’s degree in science and engineering from HE Delft Institute for Water Education in Delft, Netherlands and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Zimbabwe.
Before obtaining his doctoral degree, Masai was an irrigation specialist for a water management consulting firm in Zimbabwe.