Glafenhein Publication
in ASABE Top Five

The Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science has recently been notified that a peer-reviewed journal publication resulting from the capstone experience manuscript of Ezra Glafenhein (M.S. Biosystems Engineering Technology, 2012) has been ranked in the top 5 peer-reviewed scientific publications for 2012 by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, IET Division.

Ezra’s publication entitled “RTK Mobile Machine Control--Assessing Partial Sky Blockage with GIS” was nominated as meritorious by the Associate Editor that handled its review. It was then ranked in the top five publications as outstanding by the division’s full editorial review board. It is currently under review for the #1 ASABE IET scientific journal publication for 2012.

Ezra’s publication is an offshoot from his graduate committee’s input. Dr. Michael Buschermohle, Extension Specialist, highlighted the need for a decision tool that would assist Tennessee’s producers in evaluating whether to purchase expensive Global Navigation Satellite System technology for use during their field operations. Another graduate committee member, Dr. John Wilkerson, proposed and developed the GIS-based solution. The study used the Milan Research and Education Center (Dr. Blake Brown, Director).

Ezra was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Student of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors, is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, and has recently passed the Professional Land Survey in Training (PLSIT) Examination for a future license within the State of Tennessee as a Professional Land Surveyor. He is currently working as a PLSIT for a local surveying firm.

Ezra’s funding for his Master’s work came from a scholarship from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), and from working part-time on his grandfather’s Christmas tree farm (BESS Professor Emeritus Dr. Zachary Henry). Ezra is the son of Steve Glafenhein, the Director of Services for the UT Institute of Agriculture.

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