BESS Engineering Students place II in AGCO


ST. JOSEPH MICHIGAN - Dillon Avans, Robert Baldus and Andrew Veeneman Biosystems Engineering students placed Second in the AGCO National Student Design Competition during the ASABA Annual International Meeting held in Kansas City, Missouri, July 21 – 24, 2013 This competition is conducted annually by ASABA the Society for Engineering in agricultural, food and biological systems.
Cash awards of $1250, $1000 and $750 were presented to the first second and third place competition winners respectively for the best engineering design project related to agriculture during the awards luncheon program held on July 24. The UT was selected as one of the top three entries from across the country and invited to compete in the national event.
2013 Winners are:

• First Place - University of Winsconsin, “BADGER DYNO: An Easily Adopted Tractor Hitch Dynamometer” by Brandon Nigon, Scott Dietsche, Christopher Strehmel

• Second Place - Universtity of Tennessee, “A systematic Approach to the Improvement of High Tunnel with Regards to their Ability to Withstand Wind” by Dillon Avans, Robert Baldus, Andrew Veeneman

• Third Place - University of Tennessee, Subclinical Mastisis Inline Detection Systems (S.M.I.D.S.)” by Ryan Hodges, Chanci King, Brandon
Massengill, Brittani Perez

The purpose of the National Student Design 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. The competition is sponsored by AGCO Corporation of Duluth, Georgia. For further information concerning AGCO go to

Final placement was based on both a written report and on an oral presentation of the project made at 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 is the establishment of objectives and criteria synthesis, analysis, construction, testing, and evaluation.

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to biological, agricultural, and food systems. Its 9,000 members, from more than 100 countries, are consultants, managers, researchers, and others who have the training and experience to understand the interrelationships between technology and living systems. Further information on ASABE on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABA at (269) 429-0300 (phone) or (269) 429-3852 (fax);
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