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Students Receive Agricultural Engineering Scholarships

JUNE 12, 2009 | A University of Wisconsin-River Falls student and a UWRF alumnus have received accolades from the Wisconsin section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in April.

Michael Lenius, a May graduate from the agricultural engineering technology program, from Sturgeon Bay, Wis., received the Agricultural Engineering Technology Student of the Year.

The ASABE selection committee considers a candidate’s program and campus activities, community service, scholastic achievement and career goals in making the award. Lenius’ goal is to work for an agricultural equipment manufacturer and eventually head up his family’s farm operations.

“I would like to work with people who have an open-minded attitude and a passion for serving people … and be surrounded by people who … strive to go above and beyond,” he said, noting that an ideal company would “take pride in its workers for a job well done and to offer advancement based on their dedication and completion of projects.”

Lenius was involved in the ASABE Quarter-Scale Tractor Design Competition and a member of the Ag Mechanization Club. He is also a past participant in the Ag Technology Contest on campus, helping middle and high school FFA students gain awareness of careers in agriculture. He is a volunteer for many organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and the Farm Bureau stand at his local county fair. Lenius also offer pro bono lawn and driveway maintenance for elderly community members through his his lawn care business in Sturgeon Bay.

Robert Bennett, a 2007 graduate of the UWRF agricultural engineering technology program, also received the ASABE Graduate Student of the Year Award. Bennett, who lives in Madison, is in the biological systems engineering program at UW-Madison and working on the processing of plant materials as biomass for the production of bioenergy.


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