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OSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering members earn national recognition

Wed, August 02, 2017
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Students, faculty and alumni from Oklahoma State University’s Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering program brought home several awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Conference in Spokane, Wash.

“These awards not only give the program and those involved pride but show how we here at Oklahoma State are continually striving for excellence,” said Dr. John Veenstra, biosystems and agricultural engineering department head. “We are extremely proud of our students, faculty and alumni’s achievements and their dedication to continually serving in their field.”

Christian Ley, ’17 B.S. biosystems engineering, received the Roger R. and Laura Yoerger Preprofessional Engineer of the Year Award. This award was established to honor an outstanding ASABE preprofessional member of the society. The award seeks to recognize an outstanding preprofessional undergraduate student member who has excelled scholastically and has been a leader in the local, regional and international communities as demonstrated by activities and offices held at each level. First awarded in 2009, OSU-BAE students have been selected four of the last seven years.

Other student awards include:

·         Montanta Wells, biosystems engineering senior, elected second vice president of the International Preprofessional Council.

·         OSU Student Chapter selected as the AEM Student Chapter of the Year.

·         Cowboy Waterworks placed first place in Fountain Wars, a hands-on design competition. Using only water power, the team must move eggs through a cycle and return the egg to the starting position unbroken. They must also launch a beach ball into three randomized zones. The OSU

·         team outscored their opponents in the beach ball task and was the only team to return unbroken eggs.  

Other awards:

·         Blue Ribbon Winner for Electronic and Web-based delivery – team included: Collin Craige (’13 B.S. biosystems engineering), Dr. Michael Buser, biosystems and agricultural engineering professor, Craig Woods, senior television producer for agricultural communications services at OSU, Amanda (Erichsen) Tomlinson (’08 M.S. agricultural engineering) and Dr. Brian Adam, agricultural economics professor.

·         Dr. Carol Jones, biosystems and engineering professor, elected to ASABE Nominating Committee.

·         Dr. Sherry Hunt, (’99 B.S. biosystems engineering) elected to ASABE Foundation Board of Trustees.

·         Dr. Steve Searcy, biological and agricultural engineering professor and department head, elected as ASAE president.

·         Dr. Ed Barnes (’96 Ph.D. biosystems engineering) elected as an ASABE fellow.

·         Dr. Indrajeet Chaubey (’97 Ph.D. biosystems engineering) elected as an ASABE fellow.

·         Dr. Danny Rogers (’88 Ph.D. agricultural engineering) received the Heerman Sprinkler Irrigation Award and Outstanding Reviewer Award.

·         Dr. Laura Kennedy (’05 B.S. biosystems engineering) received the Blue Ribbon for Publications, Comprehensive.

·         Candice (Johnson) Engler (’04 B.S. biosystems engineering) received the ASABE Presidential Citation. 

More on the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers:

ASABE is an educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food and biological systems. Engineers in this field strive to develop efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of producing food, fiber, timber and renewable energy sources for an increasing world population.