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Seniors Place Second in Design Contest

A new idea for constructing post-frame buildings won two University of Wisconsin-Madison students second place in competition for the best engineering design project related to agriculture.

Aaron Flouro and Kyle Bunnow, majors in Biological Systems Engineering, placed second in the AGCO National Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The competition was held during the ASABE annual in Portland, Oregon, July 9-12, 2006. Student teams were judged based on a written report and an oral presentation.

Flouro is from Tony, Wis. Bunnow is from Appleton. Both graduated in May. The pair designed a new method to connect wooden posts to concrete piers in construction of pole buildings. Post-frame is often used in to build large utility buildings – everything from barns and machinery sheds to small storage or manufacturing facilities.

Winning second place earned the students a $1000 prize for themselves and a $300 scholarship check for their department. They developed their idea during their department”s capstone class, Biological Systems Engineering Senior Design, taught by Professor David Bohnhoff.

The purpose of the Student Design Competition, sponsored by AGCO Corporation, of Independence, Missouri, is to encourage undergraduate students to participate in the basic design of an engineering project useful to agriculture and to provide an arena of professionalism in which the student can experience peer recognition of a well conceived and executed design project.