Scholarships Awarded

In 2013 the ABE department awarded over $72,800 in scholarships!

2013 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients

ADM Scholarships

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) hires a number of our students both as interns and in full-time employment. Each day, the 27,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company transform crops such as corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into food ingredients, animal feeds, and agriculturally derived fuels and chemicals. With crop sourcing, transportation, storage and processing assets spread over 60 countries, ADM connects farmers’ crops with the needs of the global marketplace. Brian Pree and Bill McQuinn were at the awards banquet to present the selected students with their scholarships. Thank you ADM.

Freshmen: Edward Babinec, Ag. Systems Management; Cole Zeller, Ag. Systems Management
Sophomores: William Borcherding, Ag. Systems Management; Keith Fischer,, Ag. Systems Management; Eric Geis, Ag. Systems Management;
Jonathan Pelsy, So., Ag. Systems Management
Juniors: John Bechman, Ag. Systems Management

Alumni & Friends of ABE Scholarships

Agricultural & Biological Engineering is fortunate to have numerous alumni and friends who contribute funds to make this scholarship available.  Thank you to our generous alumni and friends for supporting this scholarship.


Sophomores: Lisa DiMeo, Biological Engineering; Margot Keimig, Biological Engineering; Jordyn McCord, Biological Engineering; Alayne Meyer, Biological Engineering; Tyler Pottschmidt, Biological Engineering; Katie Schwartz, Biological Engineering; Logan Weiss, Ag. Systems Management; Tianqi Zhao, Biological Engineering
Juniors: Zane Graper, Biological Engineering; Nicholas Miller, Biological Engineering; Danica Wylin, Jr., Biological Engineering
Seniors: Kyle McCarthy,  Biological Engineering; Stephanie Neace, Biological Engineering; Amanda Shanley, Biological Engineering

 Bartlett Family ABE Scholarship

With the support and gifts of Ms. Virginia Bartlett and son, Jim and wife Marsha Bartlett, the Bartlett Family Scholarship in Agricultural and Biological Engineering has been created. Jim & Marsha Bartlett’s children have ABE linkages. Jim and Marsha Bartlett's children have ABE linkages. Their son, James, is an MS graduate in ABE and daughter, Katey, graduated in May with an MS in ABE. With the help and vision of the Bartlett Family, the department will be able to recruit excellent students from first-year engineering that might not have otherwise looked at our department as an opportunity. Thank you to the Bartlett Family for this generous gift.

Freshmen: Peyton Hite, Ag. Systems Management; Danielle McNeely, Agricultural Engineering; Rachel Seals, Agricultural Engineering; Scott Snidetr, Ag. Systems Management; William Sparks, Ag. Systems Management

Bridgestone/Firestone Scholarship

Bridgestone/Firestone hires a number of our students. Bridgestone/Firestone is a tire manufacturing and wholesale and original equipment sales operations across a broad line of products, including consumer, commercial truck and bus, agricultural, and off road tires. Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO) consists of a family of more than 2,000 company-owned vehicle service and tire locations across the United States. Firestone Diversified Products, LLC (FSDP) consists of building and industrial products, natural rubber, and industrial fibers and textiles businesses. Thank you to Distinguished Engineering (DEA 1988) and ABE alumni (BS 1957), Bob Martin for garnering foundation funds from Bridgestone/Firestone to support ABE Students.

Juniors: Sean McManus, Agricultural Engineering; Caleb Schuman, Agricultural Engineering

John R. Brubaker Scholarship

John R. Brubaker received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 1981 and a Master of Science in 1991. He was selected as an ABE Outstanding Alumni in 2013. John endowed this scholarship in 2011 to support deserving undergraduate students in Agricultural & Biological Engineering. John is currently a Project Engineer for Caterpillar in Lafayette, Indiana.

Juniors: David Bedel, Agricultural Engineering

Caterpillar Scholarship

Caterpillar hires a number of our students each year. For more than 85 years, Caterpillar, Inc., has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services, and Progress Rail Services.

Juniors: Jordan Garrity, Agricultural Engineering

CNH Scholarships

CNH hires a number of our students both as interns and full-time employees. CNH is a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment business. Created in 1999 through the merger of New Holland N.V. and Case Corporation, CNH today comprises the heritage and expertise of three agricultural brands (Case IH; New Holland Ag; and Steyr) and two construction equipment brands (Case Construction Equipment and New Holland Construction). CNH employs approximately 33,800 people worldwide and has a network of approximately 11,500 dealers in approximately 170 countries. Linda York (College Relations/Recruiter) has played an instrumental part in making these scholarships available. Thank you CNH.

Sophomores: Jonathan Nannet, Ag. Systems Management
Juniors: Austin Fischer, Agricultural Engineering

Decker Family Scholarships

Ken C. and Mary K. "Kitty" Decker have established scholarships for Purdue students in many areas including Agricultural & Biological Engineering. Ken Decker graduated from Purdue in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and received a law degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. He is a patent attorney who does consulting work. Kitty Decker received a bachelor's degree in 1967 from the College of Consumer and Family Sciences. She earned a master's degree in education from Purdue in 1973. She taught home economics for many years in South Bend, Indiana, middle and high schools and is involved with 4-H judging. The Decker's daughter, Emalee, received bachelor's degrees from Purdue in Biochemistry and Agricultural and Biological Engineering. "We really enjoy supporting Purdue because our educations from there are the basis for everything we have and how we live our lives," Kitty Decker said. "And both Ken and I have such strong family ties to Purdue that it makes sense to support the university as much as we possibly can."

Juniors: Cassie Cox, Biological Engineering; Klaire Jeffries, Biological Engineering

Bernie and Andrea Engel Scholarships

Bernard A. Engel is a Professor and Department Head in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Engel received his Ph.D. from Purdue. His research interests are soil and water engineering including hydrologic/water quality modeling and development of web-based decision support tools. Thank you to Bernie and Andrea Engel for providing support for our scholarships.

Sophomores: Eric Blake, Agricultural Engineering; Caroline Schier, Agricultural Engineering

GEAPS Scholarships

Each year the Hoosier Chapter of GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society) provides a scholarship supporting deserving undergraduate students expressing interest in the grain industry. GEAPS is an international professional society dedicated to providing its members with forums to generate leadership, innovation and excellence in grain-related industry operations. A special thank you to Jaime Hernandez, Bob Marlow, and Jim Rossman of the Hoosier Chapter of GEAPS.

Freshmen: William Borcherding, Ag. Systems Management
Sophomores: Tyler Pottschmidt, Ag. Systems Management

Larry & Lola Huggins Scholarships

Dr. Larry Huggins (PhD ’66; ABE Faculty ’66-’81; Department Head ’81-’94; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering ’94-‘05) had a career of extraordinary success as a teacher, researcher (Soil and Water Engineering area/ Hydrology) and administrator in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and the College of Engineering at Purdue University.   Larry was responsible for the planning and bidding of the new “Neil Armstrong Engineering Hall” building. Larry and Lola have endowed a scholarship to support deserving undergraduate students in ABE. Thank you Dr. Larry and Lola Huggins.

Sophomores: Eric Blake, Agricultural Engineering
Juniors: Ian Hahus, Agricultural Engineering

Gerald W. and Phyllis J. Isaacs Scholarship

Emeritus Professor, Gerald W. Isaacs (ABE faculty member ‘54-’64, Department Head ’64-’81, Outstanding Service to ABE ’98) endowed a scholarship in his name to support deserving undergraduate students in our program. Dr. Isaacs is from a Parke County homestead and graduated from Purdue in 1947 (BS) and 1949 (MS) in Electrical Engineering. He is a former ASABE national president and has significantly led our profession. Thank you to Dr. Gerald and Phyllis Isaacs.

Sophomores: Michael Mavity, Biological Engineering
Seniors: Lincoln Gaston, Ag. Systems Management

John Deere Scholarships

John Deere hires a number of our students both as interns and full time employment. Deere & Company, founded in 1837, has grown from a one-man blacksmith shop into a corporation that today does business around the world and employs approximately 52,000 people. John Deere consists of four major business segments (agricultural equipment; commercial & consumer equipment; construction & forestry/ and credit). Those segments, along with the support operations of parts and power systems, are focused on helping customers be more productive as they help to improve the quality of life for people around the world.   Mark Bowers and Curt Elpers (ABE Alums) have been an instrumental part in making these scholarships available. Thank you John Deere.

Sophomores: Joel Waterman, Ag. Systems Management
Juniors: David Bedel, Agricultural Engineering; Adam Sills, Agricultural Engineering; Jason Strasemeier, Agricultural Engineering

G.W. Krutz Scholarships

Dr. Gary Krutz, a long time professor in ABE teaching courses in our Machine Systems Engineering program, has endowed a scholarship in his name to support deserving undergraduate students in our Machine Systems Engineering program. Gary is a familiar face to most of our alumni, and played a key role in establishing many of the scholarships. Thank you Dr. Gary and Barb Krutz.

Sophomores: Nathan Buckmaster, Agricultural Engineering
Juniors: David Bedel, Agricultural Engineering; Austin Fischer, Agricultural Engineering; Rebecca Kallal, Agricultural Engineering; Chaowei Liu, Agricultural Engineering; Samantha Schmelz, Agricultural Engineering

Michael and Christine Ladisch Scholarships

Michael R. Ladisch is the Director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University with a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering and courtesy appointment in Food Science. Dr. Ladisch's research addresses fundamental topics in bioprocess engineering as it applies to bioproducts, biorecovery, and bionanotechnology. His work addresses properties of proteins and living organisms at surfaces, rapid prototyping of microfluidic biosensors, bioseparations, and transformation of renewable resources into bioproducts. Thank you to Mike Ladisch for providing support for our scholarships.

Sophomores: Rami Chakroun, Biological Engineering
Seniors: Katelyn Headings, Biological Engineering

Larry and Molly Loehr Scholarships

Larry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 1971 and went on to receive a Master of Science degree from University of Missouri.  Larry and Molly created this scholarship in 2012 to support deserving undergraduate students in Agricultural & Biological Engineering.  Today Larry is the Director of Business Development at Advanced BioNutrition Corporation.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Loehr was employed for more than 30 years by the DuPont Company and served in various agriculture and nutrition platform marketing and business leadership roles in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and in other global assignments.  Molly is also a Purdue Graduate.  She received her Bachelor of Art degree from the College of Liberal Arts in the Social Sciences.  Larry and Molly reside in Naperville, IL.

Juniors: Joseph Lyon, Biological Engineering
Seniors: Samuel Schaffter, Biological Engineering

Mid-America Equipment Retailers Association Scholarships

Each year the Mid-America Equipment Retailers Association(MAERA) provides scholarships supporting deserving undergraduate students expressing interest in the equipment industry. MAERA is recognized as the voice of farm, industrial, construction, outdoor power and agri-business products and services retailers in the Kentucky and Indiana area. MAERA provides a wide variety of supplies and services such as insurance programs, wage and salary information, cost of doing business information, trade-in guides, management seminars, wholesale and retail finance programs, credit card processing services and provide lobbying and legislative services to members. A special thank you to Bill Garling and Kim Rominger of the Mid-America Equipment Retailers Association.

Freshmen: Edward Babinec, Ag. Systems Management
Sophomores: Austin Guckien, Ag. Systems Management; Joel Waterman, Ag. Systems Management

Bart and Karen Nelson Scholarships

Department Alumnus Bart Nelson (BS ’61, Honorary PhD ’06) graduated General Agriculture where he took Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy courses, which inspired his ideas for more efficient techniques for irrigating agricultural lands. Dr. Nelson is a passionate innovator and community leader. Bart is President of Nelson Irrigation Corporation, which plans, designs, develops, manufactures and sells proprietary products for the agricultural irrigation equipment market. We would like to thank Bart and Karen Nelson.

Freshmen: Alanie Hooton, Agricultural Engineering; Andrew Huang, Agricultural Engineering
Sophomores: Claire Haselhorst
, Agricultural Engineering; Caroline Kelemen, Agricultural Engineering, Sacheev Mandhle, Agricultural Engineering; Isaac Miller, Agricultural Engineering, Nadya Naumaan, Agricultural Engineering; Nicole Solitro, Agricultural Engineering; Christopher Tito, Agricultural Engineering; Jacob Wood, Agricultural Engineering
Juniors: Samantha Baus, Agricultural Engineering; Ian Hahus, Agricultural Engineering; Kirsten Paff, Agricultural Engineering; Rachel Sparks, Agricultural Engineering

New Century Scholars Scholarships

Funded by John B. Greiner

Department alumnus John Greiner (MS '39; Outstanding Alum '98) established a scholarship endowment in 1992 to assist deserving undergraduate students in the department. Mr. Greiner was a graduate student in Purdue's Agricultural Engineering Department before the department had "official" undergraduate and graduate degree programs -  which were established in the mid-1940s and early-1950s, respectively. He then served in the military for 23 years, taught at the University of Connecticut for 18 years, and completed his professional career at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, retiring from a School of Technology teaching position. Thank you to Mrs. Hope Greiner and the late Dr. John B. Greiner.


Freshmen: Edward Babinet, Ag. Systems Management; Mathew Zi Le Cheong, Agricultural Engineering; Ryan Fletcher, Agricultural Engineering; Jaycey Hardenstein, Biological Engineering; Dana Hazekamp, Agricultural Engineering; Kristen Hector, Biological Engineering; Peyton Hite, Ag. Systems Management; Hyunjoo Kim, Biological Engineering; Jeffrey Koberstein, Ag. Systems Management; Kathleen Krawczyk, Agricultural Engineering; Danielle McNeely, Agricultural Engineering; Trevor Overstreet, Ag. Systems Management; Rushi Patel, Agricultural Engineering; Yi Ren, Biological Engineering; Sara Richert, Agricultural Engineering; Stephanie Schramm, Biological Engineering; Rachel Seals, Agricultural Engineering; Kathryn Smethers, Agricultural Engineering; Scott Snider, Ag. Systems Management; William Sparks, Ag. Systems Management; Rui Tian, Biological Engineering; Zijian Wang, Biological Engineering; Ryan Williams, Agricultural Engineering; Emily Wright, Biological Engineering; Cole Zeller, Ag. Systems Management
Sophomores: Christopher Thompson, Agricultural Engineering; Yi Wen, Biological Engineering
Juniors: Lei Zhong, Agricultural Engineering

Parker Hannifin Scholarships

Parker Hannifin hires a number of our students both as interns and full time employment. Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company's products are vital to virtually everything that moves or requires control, including the manufacture and processing of raw materials, durable goods, infrastructure development and all forms of transport. Parker is major support of graduate student research in ABE. John Oeslager (BSA alumni in 1966 and Distinguished Ag Alumni Award in 1998) and Duane Crockrum (Outstanding Service to ABE Award 2002) have been an instrumental part in making these scholarships available. Thank you Parker Hannifin.

Sophomores: Jason Paarlberg, Ag. Systems Management; Grant Peebles, Agricultural Engineering
Juniors: Corbin Abrell, Ag. Systems Management; Caleb Schuman, Agricultural Engineering

Matthew & Lesa Reynolds Scholarships

Matthew Reynolds (BS ‘83, Outstanding ABE Alumni ’99) established a scholarship to support deserving undergraduates in ABE. Matthew, an Executive Engineer and director of Chrysler vehicles in Auburn, Michigan, said “my career success is based on the excellent and broad-based education I received at Purdue.” He is responsible for assessing and implementing technology in new vehicles to enhance safety features such as night vision, GPS location/maps, collision avoidance and improved tractability. In addition to this Scholarship, Matthew and Lesa established the “Reynolds Field of Dreams Scholarship”. We would like to thank Matthew and Lesa for their kind donation to fund these scholarships.

Sophomores: Cole Wunderlich, Biological Engineering
Juniors: Coleen Riley, Biological
Engineering; Gordon Showalter, Biological Engineering

Reynolds Field of Dreams Scholarships

Freshmen: Sarah Cox, Biological Engineering
Sophomores: Grant Peebles, Agricultural Engineering
Juniors: Deanna Esposito, Biological Engineering; Yuqian Lin, Agricultural Engineering

Harold Schramm Memorial Scholarship

.Harold Schramm graduated from Purdue with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering in 1958. He was awarded an Outstanding Alumni award in Agricultural & Biological Engineering in 1999. During his career, Harold managed to successfully complete over fifty new product programs on a variety of product lines; his cost improvement programs saved $10 million; and he controlled the business activities of a $100 million product line. After Harold retired from Case IH to spend more time with his wife Mary and children and their Hobbie Farm in Winamac, Indiana, he agreed to work part time at a company with David Anderson. David Anderson was the driving force behind setting up this scholarship. Thank you to Mary Schramm and David Anderson for remembering one of our great alumni Harold Schramm with this scholarship, which is administered through the Greater Lafayette Community Charity.

Juniors: Jeremiah Cottongim, Agricultural Engineering; Jordan Garrity, Agricultural Engineering; Colton Ringel, Ag. Systems Management
Seniors: Kyle Mosier, Agricultural Engineering

Spillman ABE Scholarships

Dr. Charles Spillman, ABE alumni and a long time professor and Department Head at Kansas State UNW endowed a scholarship in his name to support deserving undergraduate students in our program. He always felt his education influenced his success and was supportive of ASABE nationally. Thank you to Mrs. Carolyn Spillman and the late Dr. Charles Spillman.

Sophomores: Ryan Homburg, Biological Engineering; James Nolan, Biological Engineering

Whittaker Scholarship

Dr. Dale Whittaker is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Purdue University. Dr. Whittaker received both his master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural engineering at Purdue. Thank you to Dale and Mary Whittaker for providing support for our scholarships.

Sophomores: Caroline Schier, Agricultural Engineering; Siwen Zhao, Agricultural Engineering