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					December 1999

•    Season’s Greetings
•    Department News      As I prepare this season’s greetings to   As you can surmise, our Department
•    Ongoing Research     all our alumni and special friends,       is quickly taking on a new “youthful”
•    Etc. …               there are about 40 days left in the       look. With Kent Mitchell’s announce-
•    Undergrad News       1900’s. Many are frantically              ment of retirement on March 1, 2000
•    Alumni News          preparing for the expected Y2K            the Department closes out a major
•    Let Us Know …        glitches. The Department has done         chapter of history and tradition. With
                          due diligence in preparing for Y2K        me as the only possible exception, our
                          and I do not expect our alumni            faculty are relatively young and are
                          database to “disappear” on January 1.     establishing a new culture and legacy
                          In fact, I do not foresee any             for the 21st century. We will build on
                          problems with our department              the strength and reputation of our
                          computer, instrumentation, and            former faculty to maintain a
                          electronic systems.                       Department that is relevant to the
                                                                    times but maintains the standard of
                          Personnel changes are occurring           quality that have been established by
                          rapidly. Prasanta Kalita joined the       our previous faculty, staff and
                          Soil & Water faculty this fall. Mark      students.
                          Mohr is now handling the Pesticide
                          Applicator Training (PAT) program.        Students remain our primary focus
                          Al Hansen will be moving his family       and we continue to attract quality
                          from South Africa to join the OREE        students at both the undergraduate
    Happy Holidays!       Section by January 1. We are near the
                          interview stage in identifying a
                                                                    and graduate level. Our two student
                                                                    clubs remain very active and again
                          replacement for Bruce Litchfield’s        placed very high in the ASAE EMI
                          move to the College of Engineering        competition. This year we are also
                          Dean’s office. Applications are           serving as the official department
                          coming in for the Extension position      home for the SAE Mini Baja design
                          in Precision Agriculture and with         competition. The students are
                          Kent Mitchell’s pending retirement,       provided an 8 Hp engine and build a
                          we must begin a search to fill his        vehicle around the engine. Last year’s
                          “very large” shoes.                       team placed sixth out of about 90
                                                                    entries in the midwest competition.

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                                     December 1999                                                    1
We are spending a significant amount
of time thinking about how to better
prepare our students to handle issues
of the next century. The technology,
skills and competencies required of
                                            The evening of October 12 was a good night for the Agricultural
graduates is a lot different than it was
                                            Engineering Department! At the 1999 Annual Extension Awards
for most of us that graduated more
                                            Banquet held in Urbana, Illinois, two of our faculty received well-
than 10 years ago. We are challenged
                                            deserved awards.
to stay ahead of these rapidly
changing times. Information
                                            Dealing with a major challenge is often eased by having the right
technology is now dominating
                                            person in the right place at the right time. Such was the case with
everything we deal with. Former
                                            a new state law mandating producer education on livestock waste
Heads indicate that mail and phone
                                            management and the response led by Ted L. Funk, Extension
calls controlled their lives. Now
                                            Specialist in Agricultural Engineering. Ted’s response and his
email is the preferred mode of
                                            leadership role in developing the Certified Livestock Manager
communication and dominates my
                                            Training Program, along with other achievements during his
office time.
                                            19-year career, earned him the Sustained Excellence in
                                            Extension Programming Award.
We are planning to host an alumni
reception during the ASAE Interna-
                                            The Certified Livestock Manager Training Program is one in a
tional meeting next summer at
                                            series of successful efforts by Ted over his Extension career to
Milwaukee (July 9-12). Plan to attend
                                            serve agriculture. Each year he responds to about 150 telephone
and meet our new faculty as well as
                                            calls and letters from producers on topics related to animal waste.
visit with “old” friends and acquain-
                                            He has accumulated data that helps producers better manage
tances. Details will be in the summer
                                            waste lagoons, and he obtained funding for a research project
                                            that seeks to develop a new type of variable-rate slurry spreader
                                            that will enable farmers to ensure the environmentally correct
We really enjoy hearing from alums.
                                            rate of manure application on land.
Please send us information about
new happenings (marriages, babies,
                                            Ted’s enthusiasm, creativity and dedication make him the right
job changes, etc.) E-mail makes
                                            man at the right place at the right time for the Illinois livestock
communication very easy. Also stop
by for coffee when you are coming
through this area. Have a blessed
holiday season!

Loren E. Bode
Head of Department

                                                           Ted Funk and Dennis Campion

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A Nationally Recognized Program …

In the mid-1990s, the rapid expansion in the size of livestock operations
and vertical integration collided with environmental concerns. Accounts
of manure spills in North Carolina, Iowa and Missouri raised public
awareness of potential problems and created a need for new programs.               Philip Buriak, Professor
The new Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act put in place a new            Agricultural Engineering and
structure of requirements and accountability, but no programs to meet its          Coordinator of Technical Systems
provisions.                                                                        Management is a 1999 recipient of
                                                                                   the National Excellence in Col-
Extension’s Manure Management Team stepped forward with a series of                lege and University Teaching in
programs that explained new regulations to producers and prepared them             the Food and Agricultural
to meet the new standards. The approach was multidisciplinary with                 Sciences Award. This prestigious
representatives from the Departments of Agricultural Engineering, Animal           award is sponsored by the United
Sciences, Crop Sciences and Agricultural and Consumer Economics.                   States Department of Agriculture
                                                                                   (USDA) and the National Associa-
The representatives from Agricultural Engineering – Ted L. Funk and                tion of State Universities and Land-
Randy Fonner, Extension Specialist, CLMP Facilitator, received the                 Grant Colleges. The national award,
Outstanding or Innovative Program – Group for the “Manure                          one of two given each year, includes
Management Team.”                                                                  a stipend to be used by the recipient
                                                                                   for the improvement of teaching at
                                                                                   his college or university.

                                                                                       The American Association of
                                                                                       Cereal Chemistry (AACC)
                                                                                       held its annual meeting in
                                                                                       Seattle, Washington
The Graduate
                                                                                       October 31-November 4.
Program was held                                                                        Steve Eckhoff, Professor in
on November 4,                                                                          the Food and BioProcess
1999 and five of                                                                        Engineering Division, re-
our graduate                                                              ceived the AACC Excellence in Teaching
fellows were                                                              Award. The award is presented to an
recognized.                                                               AACC member and current teacher who
Pictured left to right Dr. Loren Bode, Head of Department,                has made significant contributions through
Eric Benson, Ana Maria Garcia, (seated) Jason Kwiatkowski                 teaching in the broad field of cereal science
and Keli Christopher (not pictured, Mark Wilkins.)                        and technology. Christy Thompson,
                                                                          graduate student in the Food and
                                                                          BioProcess Engineering Division, won the
Teachers Ranked as Excellent …                                            Corn Refiners Association poster competi-
                                                                          tion. Her poster is based on her current
The Incomplete list of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students for masters work and was entitled, “Recovery of
Fall 1999 has been released. Congratulations to Philip Buriak*, Carroll   Solids and Nutrients Contained in Corn Wet
Goering, Chris Harbourt (TA)*, Michael Hirschi, Kent Rausch and Jeff      Milling Coproduct Streams.” Posters were
Zuerher (TA). (TA – Teaching Assistant; * - Instructor ratings were out-  judged by a panel for content, appearance
standing.)                                                                and also for the verbal presentation by the

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     New Faces for 1999 …

                                           Dr. Prasanta Kalita joined the
                                           department as Assistant
                                                                                    New PAT Extension Specialist …
                                           Professor of Agricultural
                                           Engineering in the Soil and Water        With the departure of Bob Wolf to
                                           Division on August 1, 1999.              Kansas State, Mark Mohr joined the
                                           Dr. Kalita received his B. Tech in       department on October 21, 1999 as
                                           Agricultural Engineering from            the new Extension Specialist,
                                           Punjab Agricultural University in        Pesticide Applicator Training. Mark
                                           India and his M.S. in Soil and Water     is an alumnus of the department
                                           Resources Engineering from the           having received his B.S. in
                                           Asian Institute of Technology in         Agricultural Mechanization in May
                                           Thailand. He received his Ph.D. in       of 1996.
                                           Soil and Water Agricultural Engineer-
                                           ing from Iowa State University. Prior
                                           to coming to the University of
    Illinois, Dr. Kalita was with the Biological & Agricultural Engineering
    Department, Kansas State University.

    Prasanta’s current research areas include watershed-water quality modeling, GIS, non-point source pollution control
    and animal waste management. Characterization of processes and pathways for pollutant transport
    (sediment, agricultural chemicals, and microbial organisms) on watershed scale and developing best management
    practices are of immediate concern.

    Changes for the Millennium …

                                           On March 1, 2000, Professor J. Kent Mitchell will retire after 35 years with
                                           the department and with his retirement closes out a major portion of the
                                           history of our department. Dr. Mitchell has a distinguished academic
                                           career in teaching and research. He loves teaching and working with
                                           students and has influenced the lives of hundreds of young adults. He has
                                           helped develop and maintain high academic standards for both our under-
                                           graduate and graduate programs. Kent has advised and taught all the
                                           undergraduate students majoring in soil and water resources engineering at
                                           the University of Illinois for over twenty years. He has an international
                                           reputation for his expertise in the area of soil erosion and sediment trans-
                                           port. Kent is a model individual who has devoted his career to advances in
                                           soil and water resource engineering. Please join with everyone in the
                                           department in congratulating Kent on his forthcoming and well-deserved

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                                                                                 High Efficiency Aerodynamic Deduster
                                                                                             for Air Cleaning
                                                                      Yuanhui Zhang, Associate Professor, Bioenvironmental Engineering

The Issue: Primary health problems         respirable particles at pressures as                              undesirable gaseous molecules such
associated with indoor environment,        low as 50 Pascal. With a better                                   as ammonia and odor in the air
especially confinement animal              understanding of fluid dynamics and                               stream. Preliminary results shows
buildings stem from a complex              particle physics, the deduster em-                                that it can remove 60 percent of
mixture of hazardous airborne dust         ploys a set of turbine-type vane                                  gaseous ammonia (in addition to the
particles carrying ammonia, bacteria       guides, an involute separation                                    ammonia attached to particles) in the
and odors. Dust in animal buildings        chamber and a flow converging                                     air stream.
has three unique characteristics           section to minimize turbulence and
compared with other types of dusts:        reduce the pressure loss. Figure 1                                The Application: The deduster
biologically active, high concentra-       shows the particle separation effi-                               could be an effective technology to
tion and odor carrier. Particles           ciency of a 288-cfm prototype in a                                reduce the dust and odor emission
smaller than 10 microns, so called         swine building. The cut-size, which                               from animal facilities. A wider
respiratory particles, are responsible     is defined as the smallest particle                               application of the deduster may be
for the chronic respiratory diseases       diameter at which the separation                                  found as an indoor air cleaner for
in farmers and Sick Building Syn-          efficiency is 50 percent, is about 4                              residential and office buildings.
drome (SBS) in residence buildings.        microns. In terms of particle count                               Americans spend 97 percent of their
These respirable particles are very        concentration measured using                                      lifetime indoors (including four
difficult to remove from air streams.      particle counters, the particle separa-                           percent in vehicles), and there is an
The dust concentration in a pig            tion efficiency of the deduster was                               increasing awareness and concern of
building is typically tens to hundreds     90 percent for particles larger than                              indoor air quality and Sick Building
times higher than a residential            10 µm and 77 percent for particles                                Syndrome. There are estimated one
building, thus making the conven-          larger than 7 µm. In terms of mass                                million “sick buildings” (buildings
tional air cleaning technologies, such     concentration measured using mass                                 with poor air quality) housing 70
as filtration and electrostatic precipi-   samplers, the particle separation                                 million people in the U.S. With an
tation, not practical. Existing cyclone    efficiency was 85 percent. Because                                automatic flushing (timer-controlled)
dust separators require at least 500       most of the dust mass is attributed                               system, the deduster requires mini-
Pascal (2-inch water) pressure to          to the larger particles, the number                               mum maintenance and can be easily
operate. These high pressures              separation and mass separation                                    incorporated into the existing air
prevent the cyclone from application       efficiency agreed very well. Re-                                  supply systems in residential and
in indoor environments, as most fans       search in progress includes applying                              office buildings. You may not need
in animal buildings have a cut-off         principles of molecular diffusion and                             to change furnace filters at home
pressure of less than 250 Pascal (1-       particle coagulation to remove                                    anymore.
inch water). Even more impractical,
particles smaller than 10 microns can                                            Collection Efficiency

not be separated at that high pres-                                 100
sure because of the strong turbu-
                                                   Efficiency (%)


lence associated with the high                                       70
pressure.                                                            50
The Research: We have developed a                                    10
unique aerodynamic uniflow                                            0
                                                                          0                 5              10               15              20
deduster to separate particles in air                                                           Aerodynamic diameter (um)

streams. The device, unlike the               Figure 1.                       Dust separation efficiency of the deduster in a swine grower/finisher room
conventional cyclones, can remove                                             measured using an Aerodynamic Particle Sizer (TSI 3320).

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                                                                                   “Agricultural Engineering
                                                                                  on the Prairie: Illinois Style”

News form the ASAE District 3 Director                                If you are interested in purchasing our history
                                                                      book, “Agricultural Engineering on the Prairie:
John Reid, District 3 Director of ASAE, is working to                 Illinois Style,” please send your check in the
provide local services to ASAE members in two inactive                amount of $25.00 and payable to the
sections in District 3. During the ‘90’s the Central Illinois and     University of Illinois to:
Chicago Sessions of ASAE became inactive and ASAE                     Agricultural Engineering History Book
members lost an ability to network with other ASAE profes-            Attention: Mary Beth Munhall
sionals. A set of interim officers has been selected for these        1304 West Pennsylvania Avenue
sections and meetings are being planned for the spring                Urbana, IL 61801
semester. The interim officers for the Central Illinois Section
are Qin Zhang (Chair) and Michael Hirschi
(Secretary/Treasurer), both from the University of Illinois.
The interim officers for the Chicago Section are Monte Dickson (Chair) and Ross Peebles (Secretary/Treasurer), both
from CNH Global. A meeting announcement for the spring is being planned and will be mailed to existing ASAE
members. If you are not a member, but would like to receive information on this meeting, please contact John Reid
(mail to or 217.333.2738.)

Toronto Alumni Reception                                             Retirement Parties!

                                       With John and Jean Siemens both retiring at the same time, on May 22, 1999
                                       they decided to pitch a tent on their lawn and invite their family, friends,
                                       colleagues and neighbors to enjoy “their” retirement! The tone of the evening
                                       was set when John explained how he obtained the cast on his arm – by falling
                                       out of a tree when demonstrating to a neighbor how to cut a tree limb without
                                       it falling into the flower garden.
                                                       John explaining his cast

An alumni reception was held this
past summer at the 1999 ASAE
Annual International Meeting in
Toronto. There were about 75
alumni, faculty and friends in
attendance. Everyone had a
wonderful time meeting with old
friends and acquaintances from the
department, renewing old friendships           Receiving certificates from Dean
and catching up on the past.                  David Chicoine and Loren Bode.

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A retirement dinner was held on June 5, 1999 to honor and pay tribute to Carroll E. Goering for his long and
distinguished career. Carroll retired on May 20 after spending 22 years as a faculty member of our department.
About 90 family and friends joined and attended the celebration.

                                              Loren Bode presenting Carroll with
                                              his certificate

                                                                                   Carol and Carroll Goering
    I think Carroll is
    making a point???

                Congratulations to Carroll Goering and John Siemens!

Illinois Student Engineering Branch Takes Honors in EMI Engineering Awards Competition

The University of Illinois’ Student Engineering Branch of ASAE – the Society for Engineering in Agricultural,
Food and Biological Systems – took first runner-up honors in the annual Equipment Manufacturers Institute
(EMI) Trophies Competition for branches numbering 33 or more members.

Mr. Douglas M. Durlant, Deere & Company, Chairman EMI Farm Equipment Council Engineering Commit-
tee, presented a plaque acknowledging the 1999 award to branch representatives at an awards ceremony held
during the ASAE Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada last June.

EMI, the major trade association for manufacturers of agricultural, industrial and construction equipment in
North America, sponsors the annual competition. EMI presents awards to the student branches which
compiled the most outstanding record of activities and achievements in the previous year.

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                                                                                 runs, and the maneuverability course.
                  Shop Talk - 1999 UIUC SAE Mini Baja
                                                                                 After it was all said and done, the
                              by Jason Meredith
                                                                                 University of Illinois ended the day
Dedication and determination. That       chomoly tubing and reducing weight      on top of the world with a first place
is what can be said about the 1999       wherever possible, Digger’s race trim   in maneuverability, first place in hill
UIUC SAE Mini Baja team. Learn-          weight was 310 pounds.                  climb, third place in acceleration, and
ing from their mistakes in the 1998                                              first place overall! The final day of
Mini Baja season, the 1999 UIUC          In addition to building a Mini Baja     competition was the dreaded endur-
SAE Mini Baja team set out with the      car, the UIUC SAE Mini Baja team        ance event. UIUC started on the
intention of designing, building, and    won first place awards for their        outside pole position, and made a
competing an award winning mini          display in the University of Illinois   few laps before a brake line broke.
baja car. In the competitions they       Engineering Open House. They also       After a quick fix and change of
would enter, the team would settle       took some time to travel to high        drivers, Digger made a few more
for no less than top ten in the          schools and talk to students about      flawless laps before being refueled.
endurance race and top ten overall.      universities and getting involved in    About 2/3 through the race, a
                                         SAE activities.                         serious design flaw was found when
The 1999 season started                                                                     Digger destroyed the
with some key organization                                                                  driveline and ended the day.
and planning. It took some                                                                  That driveline failure
determined work from the                                                                    dropped the team to 21st
business team to find                                                                       in the overall rankings (out
sponsors that would help                                                                    of 70 teams), but the team
finance the new car. Noth-                                                                  was taking home all their
ing but dedication and hard                                                                 first place dynamic awards,
work came from the design                                                                   something that the UIUC
teams in designing this new                                                                 SAE Mini Baja team has
car. It was chosen to iterate                                                               never done before.
off the 1998 car due to its
superior handling character-                                                                After a thorough prepping
istics, but fix and fine-tune                    “Digger” & Company                         of the car and some testing
the flaws. The 1999 car, named                                                   time, the team headed to Dayton,
“Digger” would incorporate an            In April, the team traveled to Kansas   Ohio, home of the 1999 SAE
independent, front dual a-arm            State University, in Manhattan,         Midwest Competition. The first day
suspension with a solid swing-arm        Kansas, site of the 1999 SAE Mini       consisted of the static judging, where
suspension in the rear. The V-Belt       Baja West Competition. The team         the UIUC garnished a 3rd place in
CVT was used again for its reliability   had been to the 1997 West competi-      Serviceability. The second day of
and performance advantage and            tion, but we were determined to         dynamic events concluded with
1999 would be the last year that SAE     bring some hardware back to the         mediocre performance in the hill
Mini Baja would be using the 8           University of Illinois. In the first    climb and acceleration, and also the
horsepower engine. Since the power       day, the team displayed Digger in       problem with the driveline arose
was fixed, weight conservation was       static judging and presentations,       again, but in a different place. With
of utmost concern. The initial goal      where they were awarded a 5th place     some hard work, Digger was fixed,
was to keep the weight under 300         in design. With some quick thinking     and this time for good. The endur-
pounds, something unheard of in          and acting, the team passed tech        ance race started with UIUC about
Mini Baja competitions. The design       judging and was ready for the           half way back in the field. With
concluded in November 1998, and          dynamic events. The second day          some persistent but conservative
the construction began in December.      consisted of the initial dynamic        driving and pit time, the team
By bending and TIG welding the           events – the hill climb, acceleration   finished the day in the top ten
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                                                                               North Carolina. Ronald is project
                                                                               engineer of greensmowers, trim
                                                                               mowers, cutting units, and cutting unit
                                        Alan A. Fairgrieves (BS ’86) e-
            1950s/1960s                 mailed us that business is very good                  1990s
                                        at Cummins! They recently
Gary Hedge (BS ’59) retired after 7                                            Nathan B. Barnes (BS ’99) married
                                        launched the ISX engine, the first
years with International Harvester
                                        dual overhead cam diesel engine for    Victoria Pobanz on May 22 at Orion,
and 33 years with Birkey Farm Store,
                                        the heavy-duty automotive market       Illinois. After a wedding trip to the
                                        (class 8 trucks).                      West Indies, the couple is residing in
                                                                               Morton, Illinois
Owen P. Lee (BS ’64) retired
                                        Marcia A. McCutchan (BS ’86) is
January 2, 1999 from USDA’s
                                        Vice President and part owner of       In April of this year Thomas I.
Natural Resource Conservation
                                        Rezek, Henry, Meisenheimer and         Burenga (BS ’96) took a promotion
Service (NRCS) after 36+ years of
                                        Gende, Inc., a civil and environmen-   to become the John Deere Territory
service. For the last 21 years, Owen
                                        tal engineering consulting firm with   Manager for Western Pennsylvania.
worked in the National office
                                        offices in Libertyville and Elgin,
reporting information about NRCS
                                        Illinois. Marcia is the managing       Eric E. Hodel (BS ’97) is currently
                                        owner of the Elgin Office. She         the Ag Challenger and Lexion Com-
                                        specializes in drinking water,         bine Instructor for Caterpillar. Eric
Art Muehling, Retired Professor,
                                        wastewater and storm water man-        teaches dealer personnel, technical
recently spent some time visiting the                                          communicators and field representa-
                                        agement projects.
W. Ralph Nave (MS ’63) while
                                                                               tives about the Ag Products. In
traveling in the San Francisco area.
                                        In July we learned that Carl D.        August, Eric traveled to Australia to
Art informs us that Ralph retired
                                        Meinhart (BS ’89) won the Na-          teach them about the combine as
from USDA/ARS and that he and
                                        tional Science Foundation’s Career     CAT introduces the Lexion combine
his wife, Greer, are living in the                                             for the first time overseas.
                                        Award, its highest award for young
Benicia, California area and doing
                                        faculty. NSF bases the Career
well. Ralph keeps busy with a little
                                        Award on a written career develop-     Symatha C. Newman (MS ’99/BS
consulting work.
                                        ment plan outlining the research       ’91) has joined the mechanical engi-
                                        and teaching components of the         neering staff of Blank, Wesselink,
Dorland W. Smith (BS ’58) retired                                              Cook & Associates, Inc., an architec-
                                        candidate. Carl’s proposed research
at the end of 1998 as General
                                        deals with developing Particle Image   tural engineering firm in Decatur,
Manager of the Menard Electric
                                        Velocimetry for making velocity        Illinois.
                                        measurements with micron-scale
                                        spatial resolution and applying the    Karl W. Scherer (BS ’98) married
Stephen C. Wood (BS ’60) was                                                   Colleen Strunk on May 22, 1999 in
                                        technique to investigate mixing
named as Technical Director for
                                        phenomena at the microscale. Carl      Champaign, Illinois. Karl is an
Black Brothers Company, Mendota,
                                        is an Assistant Professor in the       Industrial Engineer at NACCO
Illinois on May 1, 1999.
                                        University of California – Santa       Materials Handling Group, manufac-
            1970s/1980s                 Barbara’s Mechanical and Environ-      turers of Hyster and Yale forklifts in
                                        mental Engineering Department.         Danville, Illinois. The couple reside
Anwar Alam (Ph.D. ’72) recently e-                                             in Champaign, Illinois.
mailed us the information that he has   We heard from Ronald L. Reichen
held the position of Deputy Director    (BS ’73) in June that he had ac-       Army 2 nd Lt. Benjamin W. Wright
General of the Indian Council of        cepted a promotion to project          (BS ’98) graduated from the Infantry
Agricultural Research in New Delhi,     engineer at the new John Deere         Mortar Leader Course at Fort
India since January 1998.               Turf Care facility in Fuquay Varina,   Benning, Columbus, Georgia.

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            Congratulations to our
         August and October 1999 Grads!
     B.S. Degrees        M.S. Degrees                Ph.D. Degrees
     Robert W. Brown     Christopher M. Harbourt     William J. Northcott, Jr.
     Levi P. Leake       Paul S. Miller              John-Brian Priest                    Moving ??? Don’t
     Andrew M. Leone                                 Brian L. Steward                     forget to write!
     Armando Najera, Jr.
     John E. Tuntland

     The department wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to the
     families of two alumni:

     B. Jack Butler (MS ’49/BS ’48) alumni and former UI Professor of            continued from page 8
     Agricultural Engineering from 1958 to 1983, died June 29 at Mason
     District Hospital, Havana, Illinois. While at the UI, he was awarded        of the endurance race. A good
     the W.L. Everett Teaching Excellence Award and the Stanley Pierce           feeling was felt when the team had
     Award                                                                       to take Digger through tech
                                                                                 inspection for winning cars. That
     Richard E. Reeves (BS ’47). Mr. Reeves passed away June 1, 1999             catapulted UIUC into the top ten
     of cardiac arrest after having had                                          (6th place) overall out of 90 teams.
     heart surgery.                                                              Although there were no 1st place
                                                                                 trophies to bring back to the
                                                                                 University of Illinois, the team
                                                                                 accomplished their goals that they
                                                                                 strived for and concluded the
              Ryan T. McGinn                                                     season on a winning note.
                1978 – 1999
                                                                                 Now that UIUC has established
     The faculty, staff and students                                             themselves as a team to be reck-
     of our department extend our                                                oned with at SAE Mini Baja
     deepest sympathy to the family                                              Competitions, the 2000 season
     of Ryan T. McGinn, a senior                                                 proves to be a good year. With the
     in our Technical Systems                                                    help of the returning members and
     Management Program. Ryan                                                    the addition of new, talented
     passed away on Saturday,                                                    people, the team will continue to
     November 27 from injuries                                                   build on the winning tradition that
     sustained during an automobile                                              has been started.

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