Biosystems Engineering Students Place Second



A UT Biosystems Engineering Senior Design team captured a SECOND place finish despite stiff competition in the 2008 AGCO National Student Design Competition for their project titled, "Biomass Automated Densification Device (BADD) at the recent annual international meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers ASABE). They were judged based on written report, oral presentation, specific AutoCAD drawings, specifications, and test results of a prototype. BADD was conceptualized and built by the students to compact switchgrass in the field. Their prototype worked thereby enabling additional research on building efficient switchgrass modules. It works much like a cotton module, and will allow for easier and less costly transportation of pre-chopped switchgrass from the field to a biorefinery. In addition to a significant cash prize, each team member used the project towards fulfilling the biosystems engineering capstone design sequence for graduation. The UT students also claimed the third place prize in a separate entry in the ASABE Pre-professional (student) poster competition. UT team members (shown left to right in above photo) included Andrew Smith, Erin Byers, Kimberly Geary and Boone Hillenbrand. Team mentor was Dr. Al Womac, Professor of Biosystems Engineering. Also, Mr. Craig Wagoner, Dr. Willie Hart, Dr. Dan Yoder, and Dr. Don Tyler played significant roles to ensure that the team had a significant engineering-design experience.
 
Al Womac
 

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