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Visual challenge 2.

Engineers are proficient in science and technology--and are good communicators as well. In fact, engineers have a unique responsibility to communicate technical concepts to a larger audience. Though traditionally done with words and numbers, Resource asked readers to communicate in images.

To call attention to and celebrate the visual aspects of agricultural and biological engineering, we are delighted to present these selected entries received for our Agricultural and Biological Engineering Visual Challenge 2.

The beauty and meaning of one's work, research developments, and your Society's divisions come to life on these pages, showing those outside the ABE field: This is what we do." Acknowledging that the selection process was inevitably subjective, the Resource staff is confident that these photos provide a glimpse into the vast variety of activities, work places, and surprises an ag and bio engineering career can offer. Thank you to all respondents in our quest for ag and bio art. We look forward to showcasing entries again in Visual Challenge 3.

Submitted by: Gary Feyereisen

Research Agricultural Engineer, USDA-ARS Soil and Water Management Research Unit, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

"Surveying Ghana" Photographed by Pete Maskal

Traveling with Engineering Ministries International, a group of eight engineers designed a reservoir to provide municipal and irrigation water for three villages in the Volta region. Project intern Carl Tompson (now eMi's Director of the Intern Program) surveys watershed boundaries and reservoir location, foundational to project success.


Photographer: Benjamin Covington

Graduate Research Assistant, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, Iowa State University, Ames, USA

Before Storm Duet 1 "Flying Away"

At the end of the day before a storm, a flock takes flight during the wheat harvest in High wood, Montana.


Photographer: Patrick Ransdell

May 2012 Hydropower Design Team Leader, Department of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Cameroon Quartet, clockwise from top left:

"Momanyi Works on Hydropower Turbine"

Momanyi, a Kenyan technician, works diligently in the small Cameroonian village of Bangang to better understand a new hydropower turbine design proposed by a student-lead team from Purdue University's Global Engineering Program in May 2012.

"Finished Shaft Seal"

A delicately fabricated, oil-impregnated bronze shaft seal, for use on a new hydropower turbine prototype, is held by a student from Purdue University during the trip to Cameroon.

"Student Fabricating a Basic Utility Vehicle"

Chester Magiera, a student in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University, grinds through a piece of angle iron during the fabrication of a bask utility vehicle design in Cameroon.

"Shaft Seal on the Lathe"

An oil-impregnated bronze shaft seal is spun around on the lathing machine during fabrication of a new hydropower turbine prototype design implemented by students from Purdue.





Photographer: Benjamin Covington

Graduate Research Assistant, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, Iowa State University, Ames, USA

Before the Storm Duet 2 "Blowing in the Wind"

Ripe fields during the wheat harvest in High wood, Montana.


Photographer: AJ Both

Associate Extension Specialist, BioEnvironmental Engineering, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

"A rose is a rose I's a rose ..."

A supplemental lighting system (high pressure sodium lamps) shines over a green-house-grown rose crop.


Photographer: Robert "Bobby" Grisso

Professor and Extension Engineer, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

"Energy Crop"

Field chopping of switchgrass, February 2012, near Vonore, Tennessee, creates a cloud of green haze. Operator is John Walton, University of Tennessee extension specialist.


Photographer: Tom Trout

Agricultural Engineer, Research Leader, USDA-ARS Water Management Research Unit, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

"Taking the Heat"

Due to low moisture and high elevation, the U.S. High Plains commonly experiences wide ranges and extremes in temperature. The draught-tolerant sunflower is an excellent crop option for this area.


Photographer: Scott Clark

Design Engineer, John Deere Harvester Works, Global Crop Harvesting Product Development Center, East Moline, Illinois, USA

"Do More With Less: Feeding the World One Kernel at a Time"

Innovative technology and automation makes it possible for agriculturists to get more crop to the table quicker, as shown in this shot taken on the plains of western Kansas harvesting hard red water wheat.


Photographer: Freddie Lamm

Research Agricultural Engineer, Kansas State University Northwest Research-Extension Center, Colby, Kansas, USA

"Driptape Job"

With the installation of subsurface driptape, the water is precisely placed in the soil root zone and uniformly distributed across the field to help maximize its productivity. Surface evaporation losses are minimized since the crop and soil surface are not wetted. Although the initial cost of drip systems is high, the resulting water conservation, high yields, and long life can combine to make drip systems a good economic choke.


Lab Trio: Today's Research, Tomorrow's Reality

Photographers: Matthew DiCicco/Suresh Neethirajan

Graduate Student/Assistant Professor, BioNano Laboratory, University of Guelph, Canada

Top left "Seemingly Spotless Surgical Screw Studied Up-Close" Stainless steel screw, used in canine orthopedic surgery, at scale 1.5 millimeters.

Illustrator: Mark Fletcher, Concept: Suresh Neethirajan

Undergraduate Student/Assistant Professor, BioNano Laboratory, University of Guelph, Canada

Top right "Exploring the Great Red Sea" Computer-assisted illustration of bionanorobots maneuvering through the blood stream in search of tumors.

Tomographers: Anup Suresh/Suresh Neethirajan

Undergraduate Student/Assistant Professor, BioNano Laboratory, University of Guelph, Canada

Immediate left "3D Grain Kernel" Real-time three-dimensional visualization of fissures and cracks Inside insect-infested durum wheat kernel using X-ray micro-computed tomography.




Illustrators: Stephen L. Young

Weed Ecologist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Platte, USA

Michael Heller

Graphic Artist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Platte, USA

"The Future of Weed Control"

Robotic weed control will be an essential element of tomorrow's more targeted, integrated weed management in cropping systems. Researchers at UNL's West Central Research and Extension Center are looking at what these systems would need and how they could integrate the latest technologies in weed identification, biology, engineering, and control into a single platform.

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