Harmon L. Towne

Harmon L. Towne received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering, 1963.

He is vice president of engineering and product development for Brock Grain and Feed Systems, a business unit of CTB Inc. Towne patented the design of the Ultra-Dry in-bin, grain-drying system and earned a 1991 Agricultural Engineering 50 Award, which recognizes innovative products. He designed one of the first automated inlet systems for livestock ventilation, which is used in thousands of livestock facilities around the world. He also has been involved in the design and installation of several grain storage, drying and handling systems that improved international grain drying and processing.

Towne is currently president of ASAE, the Society for Engineering in Agricultural, Food and Biological Systems and is a member of the ASAE Foundation Board of Trustees. He received the 1999 Purdue School of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of his professional accomplishments and support of the university. His ongoing involvement at Purdue has included lecturing, research and extension support, as well as corporate involvement with the Post-Harvest Research and Extension Center.