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May 2012 ABe-Notes

ABE Outstanding Students for 2011-2012

Every spring the Academic Programs Committee of the ABE Department recognizes four outstanding students, one freshman, one sophomore, one junior, and one senior. This year's recipients are Jonathan Pelsy (freshman), David Bedel (sophomore), Elymae Cedeno Garcia (Junior), and Ben Daily (senior).

We congratulate these students on this recognition and wish them the best in the next round of competition!

Jonathan Pelsy

Jonathan is a freshman pursuing an ASM degree.  He grew up on a farm in Northern Indiana and always wanted to attend Purdue.  ASM seemed like a very good fit because of its broad applications in the field of Agriculture.  Last semester Jonathan enjoyed having the opportunity to participate in the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference and seeing the many opportunities that are available for those in the Agriculture field.  He is currently developing his leadership skills through the Emerging Leader’s Program.  His future career plans are still developing, but he hopes to one day return to his family farm.  

David Bedel

David is a sophomore majoring in Machine Systems Engineering and is working toward earning his Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He has an excellent academic record here at Purdue; he has maintained a 4.0 GPA thus far. Davis is also an active member of the on-campus pro-life organization, Purdue Students for Life. He is a parishioner of St. John's Catholic Church in Enochsburg, IN, and enjoys playing cards, watching movies, and spending time with his four siblings. He chose to attend Purdue because of "its well-respected agriculture and engineering programs, and more traditional values."

Elymae Cedeño

Elymae is a senior in Biological Engineering pursuing a minor in Economics. From Panama City, Panama, Elymae has always been passionate about biology. She chose a career in engineering to learn to solve real-life problems by integrating science and engineering. She is actively involved here at Purdue; she co-founded the Global Business Brigades Chapter, serving previously as treasurer and currently as Vice-President. Upon graduation, she hopes to continue her engineering education by completing a Master's Degree.

Faculty News for May

Bill Field recently spent six days working at the Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering on a project where he is serving as an advisor. The project will explore the stress on both the livestock producer and cattle during the loading and unloading operation when many injuries occur. This is his second visit to the institute over the past year. Articles have also been prepared addressing the effects of cold exposure to older farmers with physical impairments such as amputations, arthritis, and respiratory conditions. During his visit he had an opportunity to visit the University of Uppsala’s new $30 million animal science complex complete with a biodigester for fuel production and state-of-the-art robotic milking facilities.

Graduate Defenses for May

Sarah Rutkowski (MS) "Assessing Climate Change Variability Impacts on Subsurface Drainage and Streamflow Patterns in an Agricultural Watershed" May 11, 2012, 10:00 am ABE 212 (Cherkauer, Bowling)

Sven Patrick (MS) "Characterization of operating parameters for a mini-extruder used for processing of soybeans" May 11, 2012, 10:00 am NLSN 2187 (Morgan Boardroom) (Okos)

Undergraduate News for May

Sean Kearney, 2011 Pfendler Scholar

Sean Kearney (BE), our Outstanding Sophomore this year, has been named this year's Pfendler Scholar. This program was created in honor of David C. Pfendler, a counselor and advisor to generations of College of Agriculture students. Available to rising Juniors and Seniors, the program requires that the student carry at least a 3.50 (A=4.0) GPA; demonstrate sincere interest in the food, agriculture and natural resources industries; and demonstrate leadership, sound character and good citizenship. The  award includes full tuition and fees for up to four semesters. The Pfendler Scholar may receive this award a second year pending maintenance of a 3.50 GPA and other conditions. Congratulations, Sean!


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