Student Teams Take Top Prizes in Biological and Agricultural Engineering Design Competition

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Pictured, L-R: Julianna Newman, Nathan Bowman, Harrison Davis and Noah Olson present their winning submission at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Gunlogson Environmental Design Student Competition.

Two team projects from the University of Alberta’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering program won first and second place in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ Gunlogson Environmental Design Student Competition.

The main coordinator of the Capstone project in biological engineering is G. Scott Osborn.

The purpose of the company’s Gunlogson Open Competition is to encourage undergraduate students to participate in the design of a relevant engineering project and to provide an arena of professional competition for design projects related to the environment and to biology.

The national society competition consists of two parts:

  • Submission of a design report to be judged by a panel of experts.
  • Participation of the three teams with the highest scores in a pitch competition at the society’s annual international meeting.

The first team received $1,250 and the second team received $1,000 at the society’s annual international meeting in Houston on July 20.

The winning teams were:

First place

Nathan Bowman, Harrison Davis, Juliana Newman and Noah Olson
Pedagogical advisor: Benjamin Runkle
Project: Alternative stormwater design for a residential development in Rogers, Arkansas
Local consultancy Crafton Tull commissioned the group to design a site-appropriate, low-impact stormwater management solution for a housing estate in a clay-rich region.

The second place

Alexis Barber, Andrew Daniels, Ellie Kuhn and Aubin Payne
Pedagogical advisor: Benjamin Runkle
Project: Clinton Drive Lot Restoration
This team evaluated low-impact design solutions for a slope on the University of Alberta campus that will accommodate a section of a mountain bike trail.

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