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ASABE Names North Dakota State University Ag Engineer and Professor Kenneth Hellevang to 2013 Fellows Class

Date Posted: August 23, 2013

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has named thirteen individuals as ASABE Fellows. They were inducted at a ceremony on July 21-24 during the 2013 ASABE Annual International Meeting, held in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kenneth Hellevang, Extension Agricultural Engineer and Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, was among those named to the class of 2013 ASABE Fellows.

Hellevang is being honored for his outstanding educational and extension contributions worldwide involving crop post-harvest engineering, structures and indoor environmental engineering, flooding preparation and recovery, energy efficiency, and service to ASABE.

Hellevang has served as an educator and as a consultant internationally.

His educational program utilizes numerous methods including publications, presentations, media, individual consultations, and the internet to provide education and technical assistance to clientele.

He has conducted research on grain drying and storage topics including moisture content changes in stored grain during summer, drying and storage of dry edible beans, air temperature increases due to grain drying and aeration fans, and aeration duct design.

He has synthesized information on grain drying and storage and conveyed his findings through education and technical assistance to farmers and agribusiness.

Hellevang serves as the co-chair of the national Extension Disaster Education Network Flooding Team, providing and coordinating education and assistance to university personnel across the U.S.

He is chair of the national group, providing educational and technical assistance to the public on topics related to flooding.

He is also the North Dakota State University’s Extension Service resource person for mold topics and structural flooding with information and videos on the NDSU Extension Service Flood website.

Hellevang has presented numerous seminars on mold and building moisture management in several states to medical doctors and to public health and building professionals including a seven-hour-long state health department training program.

He has written publications on home moisture and indoor-air quality issues that are distributed by universities and industry, and he is the author of the mold section of the national Extension Disaster Education Network.

Hellevang led a task force of representatives from agencies and organizations interested in biomass for energy in North Dakota.

Several action items developed by the task force have resulted in legislation, such as the creation of the Renewable Energy Council, $5 million in funding for renewable energy grants, and creation of the NDSU Bio Energy and Product Innovation Center, of which he was director for two years.

He has authored or coauthored more than 150 technical publications.

He was the lead author of the Midwest Plan Service’s Dry Grain Aeration Systems Design Handbook.

In his 34 years of ASABE membership, Hellevang has provided leadership to Food and Processing and Structures and Environment division committees, served a term on the Board of Trustees, and chaired the Meetings council.

Among the awards he has received are several from ASABE, including three Educational Aids Blue Ribbon awards, a Presidential Distinguished Service citation, and a Young Extension Worker award. He is an active member of four other professional organizations.

To be considered for the grade of ASABE Fellow, an individual must demonstrate unusual professional distinction, with outstanding qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural engineering.

Twenty years' membership in ASABE is also required.

Only about two percent of the active members of ASABE have achieved the grade of Fellow.

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems.

Its members, from more than 100 countries, are consultants, managers, researchers, and others who have the training and experience to understand the interrelationships between technology and living systems.

Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300 (phone) or (269) 429-3852 (fax);

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