Two Marion County students contribute to KSU achievements in contest

These are the Helwig Farms Quarter-Scale Tractor team members who competed for Kansas State teams at the 20th annual American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. Nicholas Meyer is the sixth person from the left and Jesse Meier is the second member from the right.
These are the Helwig Farms Quarter-Scale Tractor team members who competed for Kansas State teams at the 20th annual American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. Nicholas Meyer is the sixth person from the left and Jesse Meier is the second member from the right.
Two Kansas State Univer­sity students from Marion County were members of the KSU Helwig Farms Quarter-Scale Tractor Teams, formerly Powercat Tractors, that came home with two top-five finishes in the 20th annual American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

Jesse Meier, Hillsboro, is a biological systems engineering, X team student council representative. Nicholas Meyer, Tampa, is a biological systems engineering, A team.

The teams competed June 2-4, in Peoria, Ill., against 27 teams from universities in the U.S., Canada and Israel. K-State’s A team took fifth place overall and its X team second overall. This is the 19th time in the last 20 years that one of the university’s teams has won or placed in the top three at the event.

“Our now 20-year record speaks for itself,” said Joe Harner, head of the biological and agricultural engineering department. “To continually rank in the top tier of this international competition reflects well on our program, our students and our advisors.”

A panel of industry experts judge each design for innovation, manufacturability, serviceability, maneuverability, safety, sound level and ergonomics.

Teams submit a written design report in advance of the competition, and on site must sell their design in a formal presentation to the panel.

Finally, machines are put to the test in three performance events: three tractor pulls, a maneuverability course and a durability course.

The A team, comprised of juniors and seniors, won both the Safety and First-Time-Through awards, and placed third in written report, first in oral presentation and fifth overall. The X team, comprised of freshmen and sophomores, took first in the pulling event and second overall.