BSE students and faculty recognized at national conference

A number of students and faculty in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering were recognized at the annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in Providence, R.I. in June.

A design team of BSE seniors took 1st Place in the ASABE G.B. Gunlogson Environmental Design Student Competition for their project titled Arbor Hills Greenway Stormwater Infiltration System Design. The team, including Joe Hanson, Darrin Sherstad and Fadzri Musa, created the design in fall 2007. The competition included a written design report and oral presentations by the top 3 teams. Project advisors were assistant professor Anita Thompson and faculty associate John Panuska.

A 2008 ASABE Superior Paper Award went to Kevin Shinners, Graham Adsit, Benjamin Binversie, Matthew Digman, and Richard Muck for their paper entitled Single-Pass, Split-Stream Harvest of Corn Grain and Stover.

Richard Straub was inducted as an ASABE Fellow, an honor recognizing members of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience related to the field of agricultural, food, or biological systems engineering.

The UW-Madison Pre-Profession Branch of ASABE won the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Trophies Competition, recognizing the most outstanding record of activities and achievements for the year. Student chapters are judged based on a report, which in Wisconsin’s case was submitted by Kari Jordan, BSE graduating senior. Judges scored the reports based on membership, committees, meetings, attendance, programs, special activities for members, inspection trips, publications, social functions, and appearance of the report.