Biosystems students and faculty take home more ASABE awards

Published: Aug 27, 2020 12:00 PM

By Virginia Speirs

Several faculty members and students in the Department of Biosystems Engineering recently took home awards at the annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International.

Professor emeritus James Donald received the Henry Geise Structures and Environment award. Established in 1988, the award recognizes outstanding and meritorious significant achievement in advancing the science of agriculture structures and environment. Donald was selected for his work in improving the profitability of live bird production and increased efficiencies in housing, energy, equipment and environmental control. 

Hannah Thomascall, ’20, received the 2020 Student Honor Award, which encourages scholarship and activity in student affairs, while senior Kiara McDonald received the 2020 ASABE Foundation Engineering Scholarship.

Senior Sydney Williford and graduate student Vivek Patil took home first and second place, respectively, in the Ethics Essay Competition, while juniors Grace Phung and Patrick Redman won first place in the Ethics Video Challenge for their video “Due Diligence.” Second place went to senior Katelyn Wolfe, sophomore Nolan Bennett and junior Brynn Bartholomew for their video “Ethical Management of Hazardous Wastes.”

“Our students and faculty always represent our department well in the ASABE awards, and this year is no exception,” said Oladiran Fasina, head of the Department of Biosystems Engineering. “Once again, I couldn’t be prouder of their hard work and commitment to developing sustainable solutions to global challenges and necessities of life.”  

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Students in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Department of Biosystems Engineering

Students in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Department of Biosystems Engineering

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