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Volume 62 • Spring 2013 • Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

BAE Announces Largest Graduating Class With 42 students graduating from the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering program this year, it is the largest graduating class in BAE history. There will be 37 students completing their degree in May, three in August, and two in December. Over the past 10 years, the number of graduating students has averaged 14 a year. In 2012 there were 17 graduating students and in 2011 there were 12. The 2006 and 2007 years had previous records of 21 and 20 graduating students respectfully. Department head, Dr. Daniel Thomas said that this increase in students is due to an increase in transfer students and a large freshman class three years ago. Looking back, he would call this year a success. “We have had a lot of positive things happen in the department this past year,” Thomas said. One of those many positive things includes the diversity in the program. Many students choose Oklahoma State University’s BAE program for its diversity. It is a very unique program that gives students the opportunity to create their own path. Many degrees only allow students a certain path but BAE does not fit into this category. Peter Storm, a BAE sophomore, said that he choose BAE because it allows him to have a wide range of knowledge while being able to focus on environmental

issues and take classes that are related to his agricultural background. “BAE at Oklahoma State University is a great place for students who want to make a difference but do not want to fit the mold of other engineering programs,” said Thomas. Because of its flexibility and diversity, graduates from the BAE program are now holding jobs anywhere from the CIA to Nike to John Deere. This diversity gives students strong skills that can fit into many different work places. Besides the flexibility, students choose BAE because it is a smaller department which allows for more student – professor interaction. Even as the program grows, it can still accommodate each student’s need to interact with professors. The increase in students is causing a few growing pains. For example, professors have to have more lab sections and make more efficient use of their time and facilities to meet the needs of the growing student population. Some labs will have to be split up into two sections, which is something Storm said he experience this past semester. According to Thomas, although some classes may have to be

Pictured above: FR-Left to right-Drew Sutterfield, Jonathan Lim, Adam Avey, David Criswell, Kelsey Criswell, Molly Johnson, sarah Reiss, Qualla Parman, Mikayla Marvin Second Row-Left to right-Collin Craige, Wes Wegener, Andrew McMahan, Daniel Whittlesey, Sibongile Hlatywayo, Cameron Buswell, Tarron Ballard, Heath Hendricks, Tyler Zimbelman, Colt Medley, Denise Young Third Row-Left to right-Kevin Roehm, John Boevers, Tanisha Hamm, Kaden Wanger, Ryan Turner, Justin Frazier, Andrew Dickey Not Pictured: Lucky Airehorour, Kylea Boyd, Michael Chavez, Staci Cuccio, Kristi Harkrider, Flint Holbrook, Tim Hunt, Ryan Johnson, Landon Johnston, John Morris, Justin O’Neal, Marshall Oldham, Jared Swart, George Tietz, Largest Class continued on page 2...

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ASABE faculty awards Written by: Donald Stotts, Agricultural Communications Services

Greetings from the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department! Spring is threatening to explode here in Stillwater, as winter hangs on for a few last gasps. We have rain in selected areas, and we just need it to continue into summer. Our agricultural and natural resources have suffered for several years due to inadequate water resources. The water situation is also a concern due to the added demand for water in the oil and gas industry. I am proud to report that the graduating class from Oklahoma State University (OSU) this year will be the largest in the history of the department! Student success involves the faculty and staff stepping up to help mentor these students through the curriculum. We recently concluded the Southeastern ASABE Student Rally at OSU with outstanding attendance from a number of schools in the region. Collin Craige and his team provided exceptional leadership for this event, which we anticipate to continue its strong current tradition into the future. A special thanks to Ron Morgan, Maynard Herron, J. K. Evicks, David Crossley, Chris Stoner, and Jake Holloway who took time to visit with these students. We look forward to visiting Auburn University next year. We also hosted the 2nd annual student water conference led by Dr. Garey Fox and his students. This conference involved undergraduate and graduate students from many different universities and degree programs that are involved in water research and extension. We greatly appreciate Dr. Glenn Wilson (USDA, ARS National Sedimentation Lab) and Dr. Derek Heeren (Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska) for providing keynote addresses during this conference. The number of undergraduate students who participate in and presented research results continues to grow. The quality of the presentations and posters is also dramatically improving. The recent retirement of Dr. Greg Hanson (USDA ARS, and Adjunct Professor with Oklahoma State University) and the impending retirement of Dr. Harry Field leave a legacy of impacts. Greg continues in a part-time role to complete research projects tied to erosion measurement. Harry anticipates a return to Kansas. Several of the faculty and students have received internal and external accolades in the past six months, including our scholarship banquet where we distributed over $52,000 in scholarships for the coming year. Some of those successes are indicated in this newsletter. Excellence and success are centered on the outstanding faculty, staff and students involved in our programs, and the ability to move forward in a positive direction, regardless of the situation. As Will Rogers once said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Dan Thomas, PhD, PE Professor and Head

Largest Class continued... larger, limiting the amount of students allowed in the program is not desired. By not limiting students in the program, the program will continue to increase in size. However, while the program continues to grow, they hope their students continue to grow as well. This growth in students happens outside the classroom, just as much as inside the classroom. BAE offers students many different ways to become involved in the department. Including organizations like the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) student branch as well as being on a research team to sharpen your knowledge and skills. There are many other opportunities that BAE students have taken part in such as the Wentz Research Scholarship and Cowboy Motorsports. “I think it is extremely important for students to become

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involved. Design teams helps students develop their skills beyond looking up answers in a textbook and gives them networking experience with others within the department. Additionally, it gives students a chance to practice and demonstrate leadership,” Storm said. The BAE program has evolved to become one of the most diverse, educational and experience-driven departments in the country. Over the past 50 years, BAE has awarded 499 degrees. The growth in the program at OSU is clearly proof of the profound amount of effort that the BAE faculty, staff, alumni and students put into this program.

Jason Vogel honored by Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Jason Vogel has been honored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service as the individual creating and operating its outstanding faculty and field staff program during the past year. Vogel, who serves as the OSU Cooperative Extension stormwater specialist in the university’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, received the recognition for his Stormwater Management Program. James Trapp, OSU Cooperative Extension associate director, said Vogel’s program is an initiative that addresses a clear need for educational assistance to state agencies, stormwater managers, environmental regulators, community planners and economic development personnel, industry professionals, engineering consultants and the general public. “Since 2003, Oklahoma’s communities and its construction industry, as well as the general public, have been confronted by stormwater rules requiring new technologies, new ordinances and new public education programs,” he said. The Stormwater Management Program employs a series of fact sheets, videos, workshops, presentations, a website, one-onone consultations and applied research projects to share vital information about new technologies and best management practices. “This program has assisted in the creation of new community policies that allow and encourage the application of improved practices and technologies,” said Dan Thomas, head of the OSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, in which Vogel is a faculty member. Vogel’s Stormwater Management Program has conducted 79 Cooperative Extension events with 5,270 in attendance since December 2009. The knowledge addressed may be grouped into three general areas: erosion and sediment control, low-impact development (LID) and natural stream restoration. “Jason is often introduced as the foremost expert in LID at statewide meetings; he was even introduced as ‘Mr. LID for Oklahoma’ by Richard Smith, director of the Green Country Stormwater Alliance, at a recent Oklahoma Water Research Conference,” Thomas said. Low-impact development, sometimes called “green infrastructure,” is a stormwater management concept that uses the landscape to keep runoff volume from increasing after a site is developed. It uses technologies that enhance water infiltration

and evaporation through the use of open space, less pavement and more plants. LID technology use and expansion throughout Oklahoma attributed to Vogel’s Stormwater Management Program include rainwater harvesting, bio-retention cells, pervious pavement, “green” roofs and stormwater wetlands. In the area of erosion and sediment control, Vogel was the only university representative invited to help rewrite the current five-year Oklahoma Construction General Permit, a stormwater requirement affecting all construction sites in Oklahoma. A team led by Vogel also is developing an Erosion Control Certification Program, a need identified during the permitwriting process. This program is expected to be completed in spring 2013. Vogel’s stream restoration activities have utilized 12 projects completed in 2011 and 2012 at Cow Creek in Stillwater and in the Illinois River basin near Tahlequah. The effort has spawned partnerships with and amongst state and federal agencies, including the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Oklahoma Department of Environmental

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Faculty Advisory Commitee No matter how good you think you are doing, there is always room for improvement. And who better to get feedback or advice than from a friend or close colleague. Academic departments in universities are no different. Things are rocking along fine and students are successfully graduating and getting employed. But how well is the department meeting the needs of the employers and preparing its students for work in their chosen field? Through advisory committees, the department reaches out to those same employers and, in some cases, alumni to provide that stream of critical information to keep the program up-todate and relevant. Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering’s advisory committee has existed since the 90s. Initially formed by former head Dr. Bill Barfield, the committee continues to meet annually to review the past year’s accomplishments and programs, and give their feedback on where the department’s strengths and

weaknesses lie. The Advisory Committee is also an essential part of the review of senior design projects. The committee is comprised of twelve volunteers representing industry and other employers in the department’s primary study areas– biomechanical, environmental and natural resources, and bioprocessing/biotechnology. One representative from another university program also participates on the committee. Many of the members are alumni of the department. Members are asked to serve one three-year term which may be extended for an additional three years. John Deere Company, Charles Machine Works (Ditchwitch), and USDA/NRCS are three of the entities regularly represented Meeting during pre-finals week, committee members spend their first day evaluating senior design presentations and giving feedback to those students. This is an important assessment tool for accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Advisory Commitee continued on page 8...

Vogel award continued... Quality, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Cutting-edge research projects initiated as part of the Stormwater Management Program include an investigation of the contamination of first flush in rainwater harvesting, insecticide removal by bio-retention at a major Oklahoma nursery, a pervious pavement project on design engineering gravel parking lots and a project on design and modeling turbidity reduction sponsored by Woolpert Inc., ODOT and the Oklahoma Transportation Center. The bio-retention project has already yielded water quality improvements to a stream next to the nursery. The turbidity modeling-and-design project has resulted in a provisional patent and is gaining national recognition for predictably reducing sediment in construction site runoff as required in proposed EPA regulations. “These research projects are helping to ensure our Extension programming makes use of the latest science-based information, and allows us to better meet our state and federally mandated land-grant mission to help Oklahomans solve issues and concerns of importance to them, their families and

communities,” Trapp said. Vogel became an OSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering faculty member in December 2009, with professional responsibilities in both of the division’s state agencies: the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station. He also serves as a Riata entrepreneurship faculty fellow with the university’s Spears School of Business. Prior to becoming an OSU faculty member, Vogel served for seven years as a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and five years as a research engineer at Oklahoma State. His professional affiliations include membership in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Agronomy Society of America, American Ecological Engineering Society and American Society of Civil Engineers. He also serves on the City of Stillwater drainage appeals board and the Oklahoma Compost Council. Vogel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biological systems engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Master of Science degree in agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University and doctoral degree in biosystems engineering at Oklahoma State in 1995, 1997 and 2001, respectively. This newsletter can be viewed in full color on the BAE website. Other BAE-related newsletters are also available on the newsletter page. Get there directly by scanning the code!

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Dr. Harry Field to Retire After serving Oklahoma State University for 20 years, Dr. Harry Field is planning to retire at the end of this school year. Dr. Field grew up just north of Hutchinson, Kansas growing fruits and vegetables as well as raising and milking cows. After high school Field went to Hutchinson Community Junior College for two years but was not sure of his next step, so he joined the Navy. After serving four years in the Navy, he decided to join his younger brother at Kansas State University where he found the mechanized agriculture program. Field received his bachelor’s degree in mechanized agriculture in 1974. After talking with a professor and his uncle, Field decided to look into teaching. He then continued his education at K-State and received his master’s degree in agriculture education in 1977. It was at K-State where Field met his wife, Marsha , at a university square dancing club. After he finished his bachelor’s degree, Field taught agriculture at Paola high school in Paola, Kansas. After teaching for two years, Field found a graduate teaching position available in Nebraska. He continued onto the University of NebraskaLincoln where he received his Ed.D in administration in curriculum and instruction in 1985. Dr. Field came to OSU in 1993; he is currently the only professor who teaches the mechanized agriculture classes. Field says the starting goal of the mc-ag program was to have someone actually apply and manage agriculture technology. After the program collapsed, their new goal was to provide service courses for the college of ag, Field said. Most of the classes that Dr. Field teaches are targeted towards agriculture education students. “One of the advantages to the BAE degree is that it is a very broad degree,” said Field “If you look at what jobs our graduates are holding, they are designing parts for John Deere to the CIA.” Dr. Field has helped countless students in his 20 years at OSU. He is always willing to take the time and go the extra effort to make sure that the kids learned and understood the

material, said Austin Sutton, teaching assistant for Field from the fall of 2009 to the spring of 2011. “He was always a great support for me,” said Sutton. Field says that if a student is thinking about becoming a teacher they must have a service attitude and want to help other people and make a difference. Dr. Field and his wife plan to move back to Kansas after retirement. Field also plans to continue teaching part time. Once settled into their new place, they would like to do some traveling. Aside from traveling, Field also goes on Boy Scout trips and likes to camp. “It is definitely going to be a big hole to fill in the department,” said Sutton. “They will probably have to hire two or three professors just to fill it because there is hardly anyone anymore that has that diversity of knowledge and hands on experience.”

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2013 ASABE Student Scholarship Banquet Smiles were evident during the ASABE Student Scholarship Banquet help April 6 in Stillwater, Okla. More than 200 students, family members, donors, staff and faculty were in attendance. George Tietz, student club president, emceed the banquet that included a video highlighting the year’s activities, awards and recognition of students and faculty, and the announcement of new officers. Dr. Dan Thomas, department head, announced the scholarship awards. Forty-five students, including six incoming freshman, were recipients of more than $52,000 in scholarship money. The ASABE student club recognized Charles Collin Craige as their Top Senior; and Elizabeth Hickman as the Top Sophomore. The Alpha Epsilon Honor Society presented Dr. Paul Wreckler with their Distinguished Service Award.

Congratulations to...

2013-2014 ASABE Officers

President: Matthew Rodgers Vice-President: Luke Serner Secretary: Sean Mallory Treasurer: Jonathan Overton Historians: Caroline Short, Hannah Spitler, Jaimee Malone Parliamentarian: Carson Depew, Joe Preston CEAT Student Council Rep: Heidi Stair CASNR Student Council Rep: Carson Brian, Adam McKay Social Directors: Peter Storm, JJ Finney Advisor: Dr. Dan Thomas Junior Advisor: Dr. Carol Jones

Upper Left: Sam Harp presents the Sam & Sheila Harp Scholarship to Logan Nightengale Upper Right: Maynard Herron presents the AGCO Engineering Scholarship to Justin Ludwig Lower Right: Will Barfield presents Si & Kay Grider Study Abroad Scholarship to Caroline Short

2012-2013 Student Honors

Top Ten Freshman Men: Peter Storm Seniors of Significance: Collin Craig, Flint Holbrooke and Mikayla Marvin 2012 CEAT Allen Scholar: Seth Cleary 2013 Wentz Research Scholars: Hannah Spitler, Jonathan Overton and Peter Storm 2013 Niblack Research Scholars: Whitney Lisenbee and Peter Storm

...this year’s scholarship recipients!

...our graduates!

Incoming Students:

B.S. Graduates Spring 2013:

Name of Scholarship: Student Name

Jay G. Porterfield: Hannah Barber, Garrett Dollins, Tyler Heape, Benjamin Jenkins, Hailie Snyder and Hunter White Continuing Students: Si & Kay Grider: Julia Ashton, Olivia Broussard, Seth Cleary, Rachel Gibson, Jaimee Malone, Hannah Sanders and Caroline Short BAE Retired Faculty: Elizabeth Hickman Sam & Sheila Harp: Logan Nightengale Dudley Barefoot Memorial: Ryan Dunkerson Don & Kim Yarbough: Jeff Biggerstaff, Scott Harris and Peter Storm Greg & Kristen Hart: Reese Hundley, Jaimee Malone and Kyle Mueggenborg James & RubyGarton: Brian Biggerstaff Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives: Nicholas Jacobsen Wendell Bowers: David Criswell, Whitney Lisenbee and Caroline Short Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority: Adam McKay Oklahoma Grain & Feed Association: Matthew Gallagher Annette & Bill Barfield: Abigail Parnell W.B. Johnston Grain Company: Travis Biggerstaff David McKay: Jorden Foster Marvin Stone: Jodi Vinyard Tom & Jan Haan: Rebecca Purvis Leon Crain Memorial: Carson Depew Glen Morgan Memorial: Jonathan Overton Jodie Whitney: Michael Niblett: Gerald Brusewitz: Heath Hendricks Ronald T. Noyes: Hannah Spitler Lawrence O. Roth: Katie Whitehurst AGCO Engineering: Vinnie Hobart, Justin Ludwig and Matthew Rogers ConocoPhillips: Jeremiah Pine BAE Development Fund: Nicole Carter

Lucky Airehrour : Tulsa, OK Adam Avey : Edmond, OK Tarron Ballard : Perkins, OK John Boevers : Okarche, OK Kylea Boyd : Moore, OK Cameron Buswell : Oklahoma City, OK Michael Chavez : Shawnee, OK Collin Craige : Bokchito, OK Kelsey Criswell : Cordell, OK Staci Cuccio : Owasso, OK Tanisha Hamm : Lexington, OK Kristi Harkrider : Frisco, TX Sibongile Hlatywayo : Little Rock, AR Flint Holbrook : Clover, SC Tim Hunt : Shawnee, KS Molly Johnson : Locust Grove, OK Ryan Johnson : Kremlin, OK Landon Johnston : Lawton, OK Jonathan Lim : Stillwater, OK Mikayla Marvin : Yukon, OK Colt Medley : Wagoner, OK John Morris : Garber, OK Justin O’Neal : Bristow, OK Marshall Oldham : Broken Arrow, OK Qualla Parman : Warner, OK Sarah Reiss : Moore, OK Kevin Roewe : Oklahoma City, OK Drew Sutterfield : Fort Gibson, OK Jared Swart : Ames, OK George Tietz : Marshall, MO Ryan Turner : Collinsville, OK Kaden Wanger : Fort Supply, OK Wesley Wegener : Minco, OK Daniel Whittlesey : Fort Worth, TX Denise Young : Tulsa, OK Tyler Zimbelman : Garber, OK

Summer 2013

Andrew Dickey : Glenpool, OK Justin Frazier : Tonkawa, OK Andrew McMahan : Bixby, OK

Fall 2013

David Criswell : Stillwater, OK Heath Hendricks : Pryor, OK

M.S. Graduates Joey Kovar Elizabeth Miller Madhura Sarkar

PhD Graduates:

Mamatha Devarapalli Adrian Koller Randy Phillips Karthikey Ramachandriya Jasreen Sekhon Matthew Steele

2012 Freshman Research Scholar: Jodi Vinyard

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Awards Written by James Salisbury, EWB Fundraising Chair

Engineers without Borders Changing Lives All Across the World

Manbeck Honored the Lohmann Medal On March 29, Dr. Harvey B. Manbeck was awarded the Lohmann Medal. Manbeck holds a distinguished record in academic research, instruction expertise and service to both the agricultural and engineering professions. His accomplishments are unmatched in the industry and exemplify a life dedicated to education. Manbeck earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1963 and 1965. He then earned his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in 1970. Professionally, he has taught wood structural engineering and building systems at Penn State for nearly 30 years. In 1992, he was elected Fellow by the ASABE, and in 1996 he was named Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Engineering at Penn State University. His historic efforts in structural wood engineering, coupled with his outstanding record for teaching and research places Harvey B. Manbeck among those honored with the Lohmann Medal award. The Melvin R. Lohmann Medal was established in 1991 to honor alumni of the College of Engineering, Architecture & Technology for contributions to the profession or education of engineers, architects or technologists that merit the highest recognition. Dr. Melvin R. Lohmann served the college for 36 years. While Dean from 1955-1977, Lohmann led the college to national prominence. He served as National President of the Engineers Council for Professional Development and the American Society for Education. His legacy is honored through the annual Lohmann Medal ceremony. Previous Lohmann Medal Honorees include BAE alumnus Dr. Ronnie Morgan, who was honored in 2008.

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The second day is a business session, hearing from the department head and various faculty about classes, programs and activities from the previous year. The committee also has the opportunity to interact with various student groups during their visit to get direct student input. At the end of the meeting the committee provides valuable suggestions for improving or changing different program activities. “The Advisory Committee is an important resource to keep the department and its program tuned to what industry needs,” according to Dan Thomas, BAE Department Head. “We greatly appreciate all those who have served in the past and look forward to future associations. The BAE Advisory Committee recently added Dr. Brian Haggard, University of Arkansas; Monica (Johnston) Duke, USDA NRCS, and Mary (Crawford) Campbell, Coca-Cola Company. These join continuing Advisory Committee members: David Campbell (Ditchwitch), Joe Biggerstaff (CNH America), John Ringer (John Deere), Clint Imel (Halliburton), JK Evicks (Bama Pies), Sid Sperry (Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives), Derek Whitelock (USDA-ARS), Brandon Claborn (Meshek & Associates) and David Epperly (ALL Consulting).”

Did you know...

The department has had several name changes over the years.

1914- Department of Farm Engineering 1917-Department of Farm Mechanics & Farm Engineering Practice 1918- Department of Rural Engineering 1926- Department of Agricultural Engineering 1994- Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

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Engineers Without Borders at Oklahoma State University (EWB-OSU) is about equipping people to change lives, whether that be their own or someone else’s who lives a thousand miles away. EWB-OSU, a part of the national EWB-USA organization, was started at Oklahoma State University in 2008 and has quickly grown from 3 active members to 75 as of 2013. The student organization consists of student and faculty from all engineering disciplines whose aim is to engineer solutions to improve the quality of life in developing nations. These design projects produce viable, community involved, sustainable solutions to real problems including creating access to clean drinking water, proper sanitation, energy, education and healthcare facilities. Many third world communities around the world today still lack access to potable water. The students of EWB-OSU are facing this issue with their work in the village of Seis de Mayo, Honduras. Since 2009, EWB-OSU has been working to help bring clean drinking water to the people of Seis de Mayo. Assessment trips were taken in 2009 and 2010 to understand the problem and the local area and to see what solutions the people of Seis de Mayo would be willing to undertake. In March 2011, thirteen EWB students worked with community members to successfully start a pilot program building and using BioSand water filters. These filters are 99.99% effective against disease causing bacteria and pathogens. EWB-OSU recognizes that true success comes from community ownership and involvement, the teach-a-man-to-fish philosophy, so the students began developing plans to teach the people of Seis de Mayo to fish for a lifetime. After meeting with the community leaders of Seis de Mayo, an agreement was made between the villagers and EWB-OSU that EWB-OSU would train the villagers to build the filters themselves if the village provided a foreman to train and seed money to establish a sustainable filter building operation. “The foreman for the business was chosen by community leaders. This way, not only do they spread clean water to the surrounding area themselves, they also help the local economy, which suffers from a high unemployment rate,” said David Criswell, president of EWB-OSU. During a trip to Honduras in March 2012, 14 students from EWB-OSU organized a four day BioSand filter training to further establish the local BioSand business run by Honduran residents which provides much needed jobs. Since March, 2012, 35 household water filters have been built and distributed and are being regularly tested by one of the business members there. EWB-OSU is also preparing for a second international project in Guatemala. A student project team will be traveling in May 2013 to focus on creating more efficient cooking stoves in a community near Antigua, Guatemala. According to the

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World Health Organization (WHO), inefficient cooking techniques lead to two million deaths per year. There is little to no ventilation in the cooking shacks that are used, and wet wood, or even trash, is often used to create a fire. Using these materials as a source of fuel creates large amounts of smoke and particulate matter to be emitted in an area that is already poorly ventilated. These hazards cause breathing problems among the women and children in the community. Fires are also an attractive nuisance to children, leaving many children severely burned or causing death. On top of all of this, the time spent to gather fuel for the fire keeps children away from school or work. Overall, these stoves, if implemented properly, will increase the health of the community, reduce the risk of burns, prevent the deforestation (which goes hand-in-hand with inefficient cooking), reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and give more time to the women and children of the community to allow them to pursue school or a job. If you are interested in learning more about the EWB-OSU or assisting EWB-OSU in funding these life changing projects contact EWB-OSU President David Criswell at david.criswell@

Picture above: Honduran foreman of BioSand filter business, trained the day before by EWBOSU students, leads other Hondurans in the filter building training process in March 2012

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July 21-24, 2013 Crowne Center Kansas City, Missouri

Congratulations to... Rebecca Chavez: Twins, Ana Graciela and Samuel Sebastiam were born on December 14,2012

Josh Payne: Asst Extension Specialist in Muskogee and Adjunct Associate Professor on the birth of his first child, Jackson Payne, born April 20, 2013. J.K. Evicks: (BS 2006) and wife on the birth of their daughter, Lucy, on March 26, 2013.

Mary Elizabeth (Womack): Mach (BS 2006) on the

birth of a daughter, Sloane, in January 2013.

New BAE staff Oscar Pardo Planas, Research Engineer Alex McLemore, Research Engineer Kevin Moore, Research Engineer

Join OSU BAE at the Friends and Alumni Dinner on Sunday evening at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque Restaurant, Freight House location, 101 W. 22nd St. You may register for the event with your conference registration this year or by calling the office at (405) 7445431. Seating is limited so register soon. Tickets are $25 per adult. Please call for special prices if you plan to bring children.

Scholarship Highlight: Sam & Sheila Harp Scholarship This scholarship honors Sam Harp for his leadership in starting and building the DASNR/CEAT Application Engineering Extension program to be a national leader in engineering extension with more than a billion dollars of economic impact to the state. It also honors Sam for his leadership role in the Energy Extension program and for the role he played in launching and building the New Product Development Center. Harp received his BS in Technical Education and his MS in Agricultural Engineering both from OSU in 1978 and 1982 respectively. The scholarship also honors Sheila Harp who contributed substantially to the progress and stature of Oklahoma State University through her service to the College of Agriculture, the President’s office, and the Board of Regents. The Sam & Sheila Harp scholarship was first awarded in 2012. This years recipient is Logan Nightengale.


Candice (Johnson) Engler: earned her BS from OSU in 2004 and her MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in System Design and Management in June of 2012. She and her husband Ben had their first child, Annabelle Marie, October 30, 2012.

2013 ASABE Annual International Meeting

We say goodbye to: Amanda Erichsen, Extension Assistant Rebecca Chavez, Research Engineer Jerri Fleming, Program Administrator Paul Munjoy, Computer Support Joy MacDonald, Accounting Specialist

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Dudley Barefoot Memorial School in Biosystems & Ag En 21-64300

Remembering BAE alumni: Paul W. Claar II Paul W. Claar II: passed away in October 2011 in Roaring Spring, PA. Claar received both his BS and MS Agricultural Engineering from OSU in 1971 and 1972 respectively. Claar went on to earn his PhD from Iowa State University. He was a professor at Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin Platteville where he taught engineering. He also taught engineering classes at Pennsylvania State University. He operated an engineering consulting business from his home in Pennsylvania prior to his death. His younger brother, Ken, is also an alumnus, receiving his BS degree in 1974. The department sends its belated condolences to the family. For condolences you may contact Ken Claar at Status and Apology

Leon Crain Endowed Scholarship Fund 21-40300 Dr. James and Ruby Garton Endowed Scholarship Fund 21-50700 Si & Kay Grider End Supporting Intl Experiences/Biosys Eng 21-50600 C. T. Haan Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering Scholarship 21-42900 Halliburton Power of Six Scholarship in BAE 21-63900 Larry Roth Endowed Scholarship 21-01600 Ervin W. Schroeder Biosystems Engineering Endowed Scholarship 21-43000 Dr. Marvin Stone Endowed Scholarship Fund 21-48300 Friends of BAE Scholarship Endowment 21-64600 BAE Student Development Fund (Scholarships) 21-26600 BAE Student Professional Development Fund 21-48000 BAE Faculty Fund 21-01500 This gift is:

The emailbox has been used for several years as a means for alumni to contact the department with news or concerns. During recent department changes the responsibility for the mailbox was overlooked and forgotten until recently. The oversight has been corrected and the mailbox will once again be regularly monitored. The department sincerely regrets this error and apologizes to those of you who have sent messages that were not acknowledged.

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Calendar 2013

May 3 - 4 | Spring Commencement May 5 - 19 | ENGR 4060 study abroad courses, China and Brazil May 31- June 3 | 1/4- scale tractor competition, Peoria, IL July 21 - 24 | ASABE Annual International Meeting, Kansas City, MO July 21 | BAE Alumni & Friends Social, Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ, Kansas City, MO August 19 | Fall semester begins October 19 | Homecoming, vs. TCU December 14 | Fall Commencement

2014 April 5 | BAE Student Awards Banquet (projected) April 24 - 25 | Advisory Committee Meeting

BAE Update The BAE Update is a publication of OSU’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and is published each semester to inform alumni and friends of activities in the department. We invite you to submit comments, story ideas or alumni updates to: BAE Update 111 Agricultural Hall Stillwater, OK 74078 405.744.5431 Editors: Dan Thomas and Nancy Rogers Writing and design: Lani Griffin

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