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Grain Aeration Named ASAE Historic Landmark

Grain aeration is the 39th achievement to be named by ASAE as an historic landmark. Four sites have been selected to receive commemorative plaques in honor of this accomplishment. They include Iowa State University (ISU), Purdue University, the Agricultural Museum in Stuttgart, Ark., and Kansas State University (KSU).

The ISU dedication was held in March at the ASAE Iowa Section meeting at Pioneer Hi-Bred International's Carver Conference and Learning Center in Johnston, Iowa. The plaque cites 1944 to 1945 research conducted near Ames, Iowa, by USDA agricultural engineers George W. French and William V Hukill in cooperation with ISU. Their research showed that moisture migration and resulting fungal infection in bins of grain stored over the winter can be eliminated by a low rate of mechanical aeration. These results led to more extensive tests and the development of aeration recommendations for stored grain.

The plaque was placed in the Davidson Hall on the ISU campus. Davidson Hall houses the agricultural and biosystems engineering department and is also an ASAE Historic Landmark. The Davidson Hall landmark honors ASAE founder and first president, J. Brownlee Davidson, and was dedicated in 1976.

Another dedication was held in April at Purdue University. USDA researchers George H. Foster and ASAE member, Robert N. Robinson, working with Purdue, played an important role in grain aeration, demonstrating its effectiveness in large horizontal grain storage.

ASAE Past President Larry Huggins noted at the dedication that Foster and Robinson were pioneers in a technology "that has had an enormous positive economic impact for farmers and has simultaneously improved the quality of the nation's food and feed grain products." Huggins also introduced three of Foster's four children, who were in attendance. Purdue's plaque will be installed near the university's agricultural and biological engineering building.

Dedication ceremonies to be held in Stuttgart, Ark., and at KSU will be reported in future issues of Resource. The ASAE historical landmark program was established for the Society to commemorate significant past accomplishments with appropriate landmarks. For a listing of the ASAE Historic Landmarks visit


New Fund to Enhance Technical Library

The ASAE Foundation announces an opportunity to give and directly enhance ASAE's online Technical Library. The Electronic Publishing Legacy Material Fund will provide financial support to add previously published ASAE technical information to the new ASAE fulltext online library. Current budget constraints only allow adding material as it is published during 2001 and beyond.

Thanks to previous support of the ASAE Foundation and the Initiative Fund, ASAE has successfully implemented its electronic publishing strategy. The ASAE online Technical Library, a full-text database of all ASAE technical publications produced in 2001 and beyond, is available as a benefit of ASAE membership. Many nonmembers also have online access to the library via university or corporate site license agreements.

Because the ASAE Technical Library contains only materials published after Jan. 1, 2001, its value, although expected to grow with time, is currently limited. Adding previously published journal articles and other documents would enhance the value of the online library. Keyword searches would return a broader range of documents and allow users around the globe to immediately access a significant collection of the full-text of interest.

Your contribution to the ASAE Foundation Legacy Material Fund would help expand the content included in the ASAE online Technical Library. At a cost of $15 to add each technical paper and $25 to add each journal article, $2,000 would add a complete year of Applied Engineering in Agriculture to the site. For every $10,000 in funding, a year of ASAE technical papers could be added. Some initial contributions are allowing us to add a limited number of pages to the site. Your support would add momentum to the effort.


Each and Every Member is Important

ASAE President Harmon Towne, Brock Mfg.

As my year as your president fast approaches the end, I want to once more stress the importance of each and every member. As I have mentioned in many articles, ASAE is successful because of you -- the members. We are truly a member-driven organization and this was very evident during the Board of Trustees meeting at St. Joseph in April. Numerous times as items were being discussed, someone raised the question that if action is taken by the board, will it be top driven down or is there a way to be sure it is bottom up.

The board decided that the overall most important item to be stressed for the 2002 year is Society growth. You have read in one or two of my articles about the concerns of the deficit budget for three years in succession. The finance committee continues to struggle with the 2002 budget requests to see how we can make sure that we do not have a deficit budget for the fourth year in a row. The board decided that growth of membership would be one of the most positive ways to affect our income without raising our expenses.

This is where you come in as members. How many of your colleagues are not members of ASAE but should be? Have you ever asked them to join? Aren't the benefits that you receive from being a member of ASAE just as important to them? If each of us got only one new member for the Society our membership would double. With our electronic online access now active, what a tremendous benefit for all to take part in.

Can it be done? Just recently I learned of the activities of a couple of our members. Tony Kajewski took it on himself to recruit new members. He was able to sign up eight individuals at a recent career development meeting at John Deere. Lal Kushwaha from Saskatchewan is so enthused about the international dues promotion that he talks about it at every meeting he attends. I'm sure that many other members have also been active in recruiting and we would like to hear your success stories.

While Society growth may be the most important strategic action for 2002, you don't have to wait until then to get active in recruiting. Let others know how important the Society can be to them and get them on board. By working together we can grow the Society and reverse the past years of deficit budgets as well as consider additional benefits because we continue to be a profitable Society.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas or concerns about your Society. Either e-mail them to, phone 219-658-4191, fax 219-658-4133 or write to ASAE, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085-9659, USA.

Annual Meeting Updates Online

For updates on the upcoming ASAE Annual International Meeting to be held July 29, through Aug. 1, in Sacramento, Calif., visit

New Young Professionals Group Organizing

I wish to extend an invitation to all young members to become involved in ASAE. The success of our Society is driven by our membership and we want to encourage you to become involved. We are trying to organize a Young Professionals Group so that we can provide leadership and social opportunities for new young members and members transitioning from student to full membership.

Throughout your professional career, you will need to stay current in your technical field, prepare for licensure, expand your knowledge with continuing professional development and create vital resource networks with other professionals within your discipline. ASAE continues to provide its members with these vital resources. However, the success of the Society will be determined by your involvement in shaping the future direction of all of these areas through networking, licensure, continuing professional development, standards, technical journals and meetings.

We want to invite you to participate in a Young Professionals Group. We are planning an informal organizational meeting at the Annual International Meeting in Sacramento July 30 in the Tahoe Room of the Hyatt Regency from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you are interested in participating, please contact me at I hope you will consider continuing your membership and becoming actively involved with the Young Professionals Group.

Russell A. Persyn

Hawaii Section Tour

Members of the ASAE Hawaii Section toured various sites in Kona, Hawaii, in March. Several stops were at Keahole Point where the U.S. Department of Energy ocean thermal energy tests were made using deep, cold ocean water for energy production. A host of aquaculture operations now utilize the cold water for various uses.

The tour began at Aquasearch, a high-tech aquaculture facility. Aquasearch's primary product is astaxanthin, a natural carotenoid and antioxidant. A series of long, thin polyethylene tubes circulate growing cell media via compressed air pumping. The media are then transferred to open air shallow raceways for the transition to production of the antioxidant by algae.

Next on the tour was Taylor Shellfish. This smaller operation, run by Greg Jakob, raises oysters and clams. Two large shrimp rearing tanks are utilized in the seed production operation. The parent company ships the seed to Washington to continue the process to maturation to market size shellfish.

The next destination was the top of Mauna Kea. This 13,800-foot (4,206meter) mountain is virtually littered with telescopes. We got an inside look at the W.M. Keck Observatory. Tour guide Mike Dahler, a Keck mechanical engineer, said that literally no one looks through the lens anymore.

The twin telescopes operate with 33-foot (10-meter) primary mirrors -- the largest in history. There are 36 segments that make up the primary mirror. A single deformable mirror on each telescope adaptive optics system helps with focusing. It can change shape some 670 times per second to cancel out distortion.

The observatory is working on the largest optical interferometer in history. This device will be used to identify and characterize Earth-like planets around neighboring stars.

The final stop on the tour was Cyanotech Corp., an algae production facility at Keahole Point's Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park. Cyanotech Corp. has approximately 44 acres (18 hectares) of ponds in production. The microalgae grown there are used to produce astazanthin and spirulina. Cyanotech produces 3,000 pounds (1,360 kilograms) of dry Spirulina Pacifica per day.

The Section hopes future trips like this can be combined with neighbor island ASAE members. For more tour information and photos, visit the University of Hawaii Biosystems Web page at, then click on "Technobiont."

Daniel G. Paquin

Hawaii Section Vice-Chairman

1909 Model Minneapolis-Ford Tractor Finds Home at Museum

1978 ASAE Past-President and University of Nebraska agricultural engineering department head Bill Splinter (second from I) visited with North Dakota State University retired agricultural engineering department chair Bill Promersberger (I) and Dexter Johnson and Elton Salseng (r and far r). Splinter was in charge of moving the 1909 Model MinneapolisFord tractor from Alsen, N.D., to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Tractor Test and Power Museum at Lincoln, Neb. This tractor is one of two known to remain and is the only one restored to running condition. The overrated/advertised performance of this tractor made it responsible for the 1919 Nebraska tractor test law that required performance tests of all tractor models sold in Nebraska. The Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory is known worldwide and is the only one of its kind in the United States.


On-Site Symposium a Huge Success

The Ninth National Symposium on Individual and Small Community Sewage Systems was held in Fort Worth, Texas, March 11 through March 14. Approximately 500 individuals attended with 52 exhibitors and 73 presentations including three keynote addresses.

A tour preceded the conference, with approximately 90 people attending, organized by ASAE member Bruce J. Lesikar, Texas A&M University. The tour included a visit to a waste treatment plant including a prototype constructed wetland of M&M's(r)/Mars Inc., a drip distribution for a high school and visit to the Baylor University Wastewater Technology Testing Facility where aerobic units are tested against the Standard 40 protocol. A highlight of the tour was a visit to the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame during lunch.

The program, chaired by ASAE member David M. Gustafson, University of Minnesota, included the latest, on-site state-of-the art. It included recent advances in technology such as drip distribution and constructed wetlands, field evaluation of technology and soil treatment and loading rates. Management issues emerged as a major component of the conference along with assessing risks and standards. Several international presentations were also included.

A 700-page proceedings was assembled by ASAE member Karen M. Mancl, Ohio State University. This proceedings compiles the latest cutting-edge information related to on-site sewage systems by leading professionals. To order a copy of the proceedings, call ASAE at 800606-2304 or contact The price is $56 for members and $68 for non-members plus shipping and handling.

James C. Converse

Symposium Chair

University of Wisconsin-Madison

New Member Recruitment Explodes at Symposium

The ASAE membership department reports that 32 new members were recruited at the Individual and Small Community Sewage Systems Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas, in March. This was the first on-site recruitment marketing effort aimed at an ASAE specialty conference with a significant number of non-member attendees.

"We are ecstatic with the results of this effort and plan to continue sending a membership representative to similar conferences in the future," says membership administrator Tina Schultz. "It's so much easier to market ASAE membership face-to-face."


ASAE Fellow Radhey Lal Kushwaha, P.E., was one of 18 individuals recently chosen a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Fellow for 2001. Kushwaha is a professor in the agricultural and bioresource engineering department at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

Kushwaha received the recognition in March at the 2001 SAE World Congress in Detroit, Mich. The Fellow grade of membership allows SAE to recognize members for exceptional personal contributions to the advancement of mobility technology of self-propelled machinery - on land, sea, in the air and space.

Since SAE began the Fellow program in 1976, it has selected 428 of 80,000 members to receive the honor. Fellow candidates must be SAE members at least 10 years and be a voting member at the time of election. Voting members nominate candidates and five other member references must support each nominee.

Kushwaha has been a member of ASAE for 34 years and is CSAE president-elect. He was elected ASAE Fellow in 1997.

Member-Get-aMember Campaign

It is time again for ASAE's annual Member-Get-a-Member Campaign. Membership continues to grow due largely to the efforts of members. Who better to expound the virtues of ASAE membership!

If you have not received a request for contact information about colleagues you feel would benefit from ASAE membership, you will soon. The program is simple. If you refer someone to us who joins ASAE and lists you as the referral, you will receive a $20 gift certificate to be used for any ASAE product or service. Just supply us with the name and contact information. Please direct all referral information to Tina Schultz at


ASAE Fellow Gene C. Shove, RE., 73, of Urbana, Ill., died Oct. 9, 2000. He retired in 1989 from the University of Illinois, where he had been a faculty member and leader of the Electric Power and Processing Division of the agricultural engineering department. He began his career with the University of Illinois in 1958. Before that, he was employed by Iowa State University (ISU). He received a bachelor's and master's degree from Kansas State University in 1952 and 1953. In 1959, he received a doctorate degree in agricultural engineering and theoretical and applied mechanics from ISU.

Shove made contributions to his profession in the areas of grain drying, storage, electrical energy use on farms, solar energy and grain quality maintenance. His work in refrigeration was the forerunner of the grain chilling process used for maintaining storage conditions and controlling insects for high-value grains and oilseeds. A member of ASAE for 47 years, he was elected Fellow in 1986.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle; two sons, Gregory of Racine, Wis., and Kent of Urbana, Ill.; a daughter, Myrene Brown of Zionsville, Ind.; and five grandchildren.

Fred Lasswell, the cartoonist who drew Snuff Smith for nearly 60 years, died March 4, 2001. He was 84 and resided in Tampa, Fla. The comic strip was one of the longest-running cartoons. In 1964, the National Cartoonist Society named him Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year and Best Humor Strip Cartoonist. In 1984 and 1994, he received the Elzie Segar Award for outstanding contributions to cartooning.

Lasswell had been a member of ASAE for 41 years and invented a citrus fruit harvester. He was also an active member of the ASAE Florida Section.

In later years, Lasswell become known as "Uncle Fred" through a series of instruction videos about drawing. He maintained his own Web site, www and gave drawing lessons. He also created a braille comic book titled This is Charlie.

Lasswell said Snuffy Smith remained a popular strip because "the heart and soul of a comic strip are the characters."

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; four children and two grandchildren.

Joseph M. McNamara, P.E., 77, died in January 2001. An ASAE member for 36 years, McNamara owned the Farm & Home Machinery Co. in Orlando, Fla., which focused on wells and irrigation design. He later became regional manager for the drinking water program for the Orlando office of the Department of Environmental Protection. He was a founder of the Florida Irrigation Society and served as president. He was a member of the Florida Engineering Society and was active in the ASAE Florida Section. He graduated from University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., with a chemical engineering degree. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; nine children; 32 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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Title Annotation:American Society of Agricultural Engineers
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Date:Jun 1, 2001
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