JOSEPH, MI The American Society of Agricultural and Biological
Engineers has named Cara Cowan Watts, of Claremore, Okla., winner
of the 2010 Robert E. Stewart Engineering Humanities Award.
The award, which honors outstanding contributions of agricultural
engineering students to the advancement of the interaction of the
profession and the humanities, was presented June 23, at the ASABE
2010 Annual International Meeting, held in Pittsburgh, Penn.
member of the Cherokee National Tribal Council, Watts was selected
for the award in recognition of her outstanding efforts toward the
integration of Cherokee culture with engineering research and outreach.
Throughout her career, she has displayed an enormous commitment
to the social and technological concerns of the Cherokee Nation,
and to the well-being of others. She has applied her engineering,
communication, leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills
to improving the lives of those around her. She chose to write her
Ph.D. dissertation research on developing numerical nutrient criteria
to support rivers and streams designated Culturally Significant
Waters of the Cherokee Nation.
a national leader within the American Indian community, Watts has
approached her engineering education as something to be integrated
with and applied to the issues of her culture. One of 17 elected
members of the Cherokee Tribal Council (2003 2011), whose
primary function is to initiate and amend legislation that furthers
the interests of approximately 300,000 Cherokee Nation citizens,
Watts also serves more than 13,000 constituents in District 7 of
Rogers County. As a council member, she works actively for new and
expanded educational programs within the Cherokee Nation supporting
science, technology, engineering and mathematics for the K-12 programs.
has numerous other achievements to her credit. She was elected by
peers to serve as Deputy Speaker of the Cherokee Tribal Council
2007 2011; elected vice president to the Executive Board
of the National Congress of American Indians (2009 2011);
was co-chair of the Cherokee Nation Executive and Finance Committee,
with oversight of an annual budget of approximately $450 million;
was an Oklahoma State University Louis Stokes National Science Foundation
Fellow; and received a gubernatorial appointment to the Governors
Interstate Indian Council as representative of the State of Oklahoma.
recently received her Ph.D. in biosystems engineering from Oklahoma
State University, where she also earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering
and an M.S. in telecommunications management. A five-year member
of ASABE, she is also a member of the American Water Resources Association,
the Society of Women Engineers, and the Oklahoma chapter of the
National American Indian Science and Engineering Society, of which
she is a founding member. She is a member of two engineering honorary
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an
international scientific and educational organization dedicated
to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food,
and biological systems. Its 9,000 members, from more than 100 countries,
are consultants, managers, researchers, and others who have the
training and experience to understand the interrelationships between
technology and living systems. Further information on the society
can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details can also be found online.