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UW-Madison Students Compete In National Tractor Design Contest

The University of Wisconsin-Madison team took fifth place at the third annual ASAE Quarter-Scale Tractor National Student Design Competition, held May 19-21 in Moline, Illinois. Kansas State University captured top honors, followed by Texas A & M, Colorado State, and Michigan State.

The UW-Madison team won the Serviceability Award and tied with Texas A & M for the Safety Award. Both awards are elements of the individual design competition.

In the Performance Competition-the popular mini-tractor pull-Texas A&M took first place. The UW-Madison students finished second and Kansas State third. The Badger team included 18 agricultural engineering students and two mechanical engineering students.

The Quarter-Scale Tractor Design Competition is sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. The event challenges agricultural engineering and technology students to demonstrate their design skills by developing a low-cost, high-performance tractor measuring no more than 5 feet wide and 8 feet long. Each team is provided a 16-horsepower engine and a set of tires. Entries are judged on a written design report, an oral team presentation, individual design, and a performance competition. This year”s event drew 27 university teams from across the United States and Canada.

Also participating in the competition were “X-teams,” junior squads comprising underclassmen who were allowed to modify their school”s 1999 machine for the 2000 event. Kansas State again took top prize, followed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Tennessee.

The Quarter-Scale Tractor Design Competition is made possible by support from Briggs & Stratton, Case, Caterpillar, Cub Cadet, Deere & Co, and New Holland. Additional support is provided by Bridgestone/Firestone, Campbell Scientific, and Midwest Super Cub.

The American Society of Agricultural Engineers is a professional and technical organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Founded in 1907 and headquartered in St Joseph, Michigan, ASAE comprises 9,000 members representing more than 90 countries.