Congratulations, ABE Outstanding Engineering Seniors!

The School of Agricultural and Biological Engineering congratulates our two May 2020 Outstanding Engineering Seniors, Adam Hemmelgarn and Reed Trende.

Photo of Adam HemmelgarnAdam Hemmelgarn of Noblesville, Indiana, will graduate in Agricultural Engineering with a concentration in Machine Systems Engineering. He is also currently working toward earning a Certificate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation through the Krannert Business School. He was an active member in his local Boy Scout Troop, earning the Rank of Eagle Scout in 2013. At Purdue, he is involved with the Wesley Foundation, where he served as the Service Chair and as a Vice President on the student leadership board. He also has leadership positions in the department, as the Vice President of Agricultural Engineering of the ABE Ambassadors Club as well as the Secretary for Alpha Epsilon. He is involved in the Purdue Utility Project (PUP), and traveled with the team to Kenya in 2018. His senior design project was to develop an affordable thresher to be used by smallholder farmers in developing nations in conjunction with the PUP platform. He conducted research with Dr. Kingsly Ambrose learning how to use and apply discrete element analysis to grain flows. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. After graduation, Hemmelgarn will pursue a masters degree in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This summer, he will complete an internship with CNH Industrial on their Innovations team in New Holland, Pennsylvania.


Photo of Reed Trende

Reed Trende of Maple Grove, Minnesota, will graduate with a dual degree in Biological Engineering and Biochemistry. He participated in a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities on campus, including bioinformatics work with several labs, wet-lab research studying DNA methyltransferases in Dr. Humaira Gowher's lab, and serving as a Teaching Assistant for two undergraduate ABE courses. He spent his summers working for a small medical device company and for a University of Minnesota research lab exploring immunological approaches to prevent transplant rejection. In his spare time, Trende enjoys going for runs and reading about philosophy, particularly normative ethics. In the fall of 2020 he will pursue a PhD in immunology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, studying how pathogens interact with the immune system.