Biosystems engineering recognized by ASABE

Published: Jul 8, 2008 5:08:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Auburn's Delta Beta chapter of Alpha Epsilon, the honors society for agricultural and biological engineering, has been recognized as the most improved chapter for 2008 among all U.S. and international chapters. Faculty and students in the Department of Biosystems Engineering were honored at the annual international meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), which took place in Providence, R.I. on June 29-July 2, 2008.

"Throughout the last three academic years, our chapter has taken the initiative to provide leadership and professional development opportunities to students by sponsoring and coordinating a Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) review series, which is coordinated by Alpha Epsilon members and taught by biosystems engineering faculty," said Department of Biosystems Engineering department head Steven Taylor.

Each year, Auburn's chapter invites biosystems engineering students with the highest academic credentials, including those in the forest engineering option, into its membership. The chapter was formed in 1980 but became inactive for several years in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Three years ago, faculty member Puneet Srivastava and biosystems engineering student Sarah Sanders volunteered to reactivate the chapter and renew efforts to recognize scholarship and professional attainment in the agricultural and biological engineering profession. In 2006, the reactivated chapter initiated new members and elected officers. Presidents of the organization since its renewal have been Brooks Butler, Clay Campbell and Daniel Mullenix.

For additional information related to biosystems engineering student organizations visit http://eng.auburn.edu/programs/bsen/programs/student/index.html.