Award-winning paper was student's capstone experience

 

Ezra Glafenhein
​A scientific paper by Ezra Glafenhein, a graduate of the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, was recently recognized by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers as among the top papers published by the society's Info and Electrical Technologies Division in 2012.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has ranked a peer-reviewed journal article by recent University of Tennessee biosystems engineering graduate Ezra Glafenhein of Corryton as the top three peer-reviewed scientific publication of 2012 published by the society’s Info and Electrical Technologies Division.
Glafenhein researched and wrote his award-winning paper as his capstone student experience as a master’s student in the UT Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at the UT Institute of Agriculture. Glafenhein graduated in 2011. His paper was published in 2012, and its ranking was released this spring.
“This high achievement by Ezra indicates the caliber of education students are receiving in the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources,” says Glafenhein’s major professor, Robert Freeland. “We’re delighted with the attention his paper is receiving.”
The associate editor who handled the review of Glafenhein’s paper, titled “RTK Mobile Machine Control—Assessing Partial Sky Blockage with GIS,” nominated it as meritorious. The paper was then ranked third in the top five publications as outstanding by the division’s full editorial review board.
Glafenhein’s publication is an offshoot from his graduate committee’s input about a real need experienced by Tennessee agricultural producers. Dr. Michael Buschermohle, Extension specialist, highlighted the need for a decision tool that would assist Tennessee’s producers in evaluating whether to purchase expensive global navigation satellite system technology for use during their field operations. Another graduate committee member, Dr. John Wilkerson, professor of biosystems engineering, proposed and developed the GIS-based solution. Glafenhein’s study centered on the UT AgResearch and Education Center at Milan, a field laboratory operated by UT AgResearch.
In recognition of his achievements as a graduate student, Glafenhein was selected as the 2011 Outstanding Student of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors and was inducted as a member of UT’s chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the international honor society of agriculture. Glafenhein recently passed the Professional Land Survey in Training Examination (PLSIT) for a future license within the state of Tennessee as a professional land surveyor. He is currently working as a land surveyor.
Glafenhein’s funding for his master’s study came from a scholarship from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He is the son of Lydia and Steve Glafenhein. Steve Glafenhein is director of services for the UT Institute of Agriculture. Ezra Glafenhein is the grandson of the late Zachary Henry, a long-time professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, in which Ezra earned his master’s degree.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; the UT College of Veterinary Medicine; UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers; and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
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Contact:
Dr. Robert Freeland, Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, 865-974-7266, or rfreelan@tennessee.edu