CALS students place third in ag engineering design competition

A team of CALS biological systems engineering students won third place at the AGCO National Student Design Competition, held during the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting this past June.

Team members Joel Jagodinsky, Luke Melchior, Jesse Smith and Andy Van Hoorn won a cash award of $750 for their project, titled “Small Engine Dynamometer.”

A dynamometer is a device that measures the driving torque–the power–of a rotating machine. On campus, such devices can aid hands-on learning in a variety of engineering courses and help support the work of student vehicle-building teams. The dynamometer built by the UW-Madison team cost very little money to put together, making it a good model for university programs with limited budgets.

The purpose of the AGCO competition is to encourage undergraduate students in the basic design of an engineering project useful to agriculture, and to provide an arena of professionalism in which the student can experience peer recognition of a well-conceived and executed design project.

Placement was based on both a written report and on an oral presentation of the project presented during the ASABE Annual International Meeting. Engineering design involves devising a system, component or process to meet a need. Among the fundamental elements of the design process are establishment of objectives and criteria, synthesis, analysis, construction, testing and evaluation.

The competition is sponsored by AGCO Corporation of Duluth, Georgia.