Kansas State University


Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Alumni Are Making a Difference

Thank you to all of our alumni and friends who have contributed financially during the past year.  Your gifts make a world of difference in the opportunities afforded our students and faculty.  Our alumni are providing tremendous advantages to our students through 25 scholarships and generous support of our design teams, as well as contributions to our enhancement funds.

To learn more about your contribution….

The largest estate gift in our history made possible the Seaton 034 renovation. Faculty and students are enjoying the opportunity to conduct research in a 21st century laboratory. Prospective graduate students in summer 2013 toured the space during the renovations. Four graduate students from other universities have enrolled in our graduate programs in fall 2014 because of the opportunity to work in new labs. Your gifts make a difference in our research programs.

The department established three undergraduate scholarships during the past year. The Dilsaver undergraduate student scholarship supports outstanding BSE students. The Charles D. Fulhage Memorial scholarship recognizes outstanding BSE and ATM students.  Recently the Norman and Janet Elliott Scholarship was established to recognize outstanding ATM undergraduates. Your gifts make a difference in the lives of students.

BAE has begun the endowed SEED program or Student Extracurricular Experiences and Development, with the following program goals:

  • Promote and encourage undergraduate scholarly activities to fulfill the K-State 2025 goal of being a Top 50 public research university.
  • Promote quality of education received at Kansas State University through undergraduate participation in professional and international activities.
  • Promote student participation in extracurricular experiences and development beyond the Manhattan campus.
  • Provide financial support for undergraduates to participate in extracurricular experiences, including design, professional and international experiences.

Area of Emphasis

Area of Focus

Brief Description

The SEED experience

Departmental focus

BAE promoting and encouraging student participation in extracurricular experiences as part of professional and workforce development

Design team


¼-Scale Tractor

ASABE-sponsored event requiring design, build and test of a ¼-scale- size tractor

Robotic Team

ASABE-sponsored event utilizing robotics in biological systems

Foundation War Team

ASABE-sponsored event utilizing water hydraulics to complete a series of everyday tasks

Professional society experiences

Professional meetings

Attend a professional meeting and connect with industry and professional colleagues

Undergraduate competitions

Participate in competitions involving undergraduate research or design projects

Undergraduate research

Present undergraduate research project at a professional meeting

International experiences

Semester study abroad

One or two semesters of academic study at an international university

Two-week experiences

Faculty/university-led international trips related to a subject matter or country

Student organizations

Student organization international trips with emphasis on community service projects

Funds have been received from two alumni to support the SEED – international experience. The Harry and Elaine Manges Family International Scholarship will support students participating in international activities. During the past four years, 10 BAE students have traveled internationally with Engineers Without Borders to complete 10- to 12-day service projects in India, Ecuador (two trips) and Guatemala. Your gifts let students have international experiences.

Alumni provided the initial funds to endow the SEED experience, and this year the funds will enable eight undergraduate students to participate in the International ASABE Conference in Montreal, Canada. Additional funds are needed to fully endow each of the opportunities in the SEED program. Our thanks to the many alumni who have contributed to the SEED – design team experiences and BAE Enhancement funds. Your gifts provide students with quality extracurricular experiences.

BAE Faculty Enhancement provides extra funding and supports faculty in addressing global grand challenges. In 2014, the funds will support Dr. Stacy Hutchinson, the first faculty member in the College of Engineering to be selected to participate in the Lead21 program. Lead21 is a leadership development program for faculty with a special interest in agricultural, environmental and human sciences. Funds also will be used this year for additional travel support to Drs. Naiqian Zhang, Ronaldo Maghirang and Hutchinson to participate in the XVII CIGR World Congress 2014, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering – Upgrading Our Quality of Life, in Beijing China, Sept. 16-19. CIGR is the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. Your gifts make a difference in the development of faculty.

Thanks to all of our alumni and friends who have contributed financially and for serving on advisory councils, as student mentors, assisting with design teams, providing internships and club speakers, and helping with other activities. Your gifts make a world of difference in the opportunities afforded our students and faculty.

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