The chapter of biological and agricultural engineering wins the prize for the best school for the South-East region
The student chapter of the State University of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers was voted Outstanding School by attendees from the Southeast region at the 2020-21 Annual Gathering, held virtually on March 27 and hosted by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The Southeast Region is made up of 14 schools.
Each school was asked to create a video describing their activities during the school year. The winning U of A video was created by Hayden Engelbrecht, a junior from Decatur, Illinois. Engelbrecht serves as social president for the club.
“Although this year is unlike any other, my goal for this video was to highlight the relationships within the club and the initiative we have taken to maintain engagement even with the COVID-19 restrictions,” he said. said Engelbrecht. “I’m really proud of all the little things we’ve been able to accomplish this year, and I’m especially excited to see what we can accomplish when we return next fall.”
The club is led by President Kristen Trinh, a graduate of Fort Smith.
“We are delighted to have won this award during this very difficult year,” said Trinh. “Thank you, Hayden, for accurately capturing what we all felt and showing how we managed to make the most of a very difficult situation.”
Lalit Verma, Head of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, added: “We are very proud of our student club and the leadership provided by club officials under the guidance of club advisor Dr Scott Osborn. This club did an incredible job even during the pandemic and made us proud of their outstanding performance at the Virtual Student Rally. “
The focus of this year’s rally was the transition from school to employment and career paths for bioengineering students. Participants also had a virtual tour of the Tennessee Valley Authority River Forecast Center which manages an integrated river system of 49 dams to reduce damage from flooding, navigation, hydroelectric power, water quality, water supply and recreation.