Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Congratulations to newly minted Emeritus AOCS member: Ismail Hassan Hussein Abdalnabi

Each year the AOCS Governing Board has the honor of approving long-term members for Emeritus status. Emeritus Members are those members who either meet qualifications for Retired Member and have completed 35 years of membership in the Society or are Retired Members who have served as a past President, won the AOCS Award of Merit winner or A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award winner, and have been accepted as an Emeritus Member with the approval of two-thirds of the Governing Board.

AOCS membership dues are free for the rest of Emeritus members' lives.

In 2022, 23 AOCS members achieved Emeritus membership. We will be spotlighting many of them throughout January.

Meet Ismail Hassan Hussein Abdalnabi

In 1971, Dr. Ismail H. H. Abdalnabi graduated as a chemical engineer from the University of Khartoum and joined the local oils and soap industry. In 1974, he joined the Chemical Engineering Department at Aston University, Birmingham, England, where he earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in 1976 and 1982, respectively. In September 1982, Dr. Abdalnabi joined the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) at the University of Gezira, Wad Medani, Sudan, for teaching and research and the National Oilseed Processing Research Institute (NOPRI) from 1982 to 2019. During his tenure, he served as Dean of the FST (1991–1994), Dean of NOPRI (1994–2006), and Vice Chancellor, University of Gezira (2001–2009). Dr. Abdalnabi has authored and co-authored over 50 research papers and more than 20 papers and presentations at conferences and seminars.

His research interests focus on new sources of industrial and edible oils and fats, improving oilseed processing technologies, especially for rural areas and small-scale processing, biofuel, aromatic, and medicinal plants. He maintains a special interest in glandless cotton breeding and processing.

NOPRI, his lifetime achievement, came as an idea when he attended the AOCS 2nd World Congress & Expo at the The Hague in October 1982. Further discussion with colleagues and AOCS members, especially Ed Lusas of Texas A&M, focused on the idea of establishing an oilseeds processing research facility. This eventually became NOPRI, which was launched in 1994.

How has your membership and involvement with AOCS influenced your career?

I have been an active AOCS member since 1983. During these 39 years, AOCS publications, books and journals, and methods of analysis enabled us to build a unique specialized library in the fields of oils, fats and related materials. This library had a significant impact on research and innovation at our institute and other faculties and research institutions in Sudan.

Personally, my AOCS membership gave me valuable access to continued education and to meet many distinguished scientists and researchers in the oils and fats industry.

What advice do you have for early-career scientists/researchers who are at the start of their careers?

Be sure to know what you want to achieve and always be part of a multidisciplinary team. Membership in AOCS and similar distinguished platforms of knowledge is your lifeline, so be sure to join and actively participate. Always make the service of your community as one of your top priorities, and keep a record of your achievements to monitor your progress.

Congratulations, Dr. Abdalnabi, and thank you for your contributions to AOCS and the scientific community! Learn more about the different types of AOCS membership.

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