ASABE Off to a Great Start with New Faces



ASABE, the professional society for Biosystems Engineering, has an all-new leadership base ranging from sophomores through seniors. Thanks to the hard work of its members, and good advice from faculty sponsor Dr. Willie Hart, the club has been able to accomplish a great deal.

Engineer’s Day is a big event for all engineering programs at UT, and the Biosystems display is always a must-see. This year, ASABE members presented S.A.R.G.E., or Spray Application of Robotics in a Greenhouse Environment, a senior design project from previous years in the program. The fully-functional robot was displayed in Perkins Hall; undergraduates showed their engineering knowledge by explaining how it follows a buried guide wire and sprays plants as it travels autonomously down greenhouse rows.

Though we are engineers, the agricultural campus is our home, and the club is always a part of the community here. The ASABE booth at the CASNR Mixer this year featured the ever-popular marshmallow shooters, where visitors could test their skills toppling stacked dixie cups. ASABE also participated in the Diversity Dinner held this October by the MANRRS organization.

The club has also given back to the community this fall, preparing a home-cooked feast for the Ronald McDonald’s House in Ft. Sanders, a temporary home for families who have children at the hospital nearby. Members arrived in the late afternoon and filled the Civil War-era mansion with smells of honey-baked ham, green beans and corn, rolls, butternut casserole, and freshly-baked cookies.

Our ASABE chapter, the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers, is open to students from any major, and can be contacted at asabe@utk.edu.
 
Erin Byers
 
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