Alumni Awards

Alumni awards

The Department of BSE Alumni work in diverse sectors and continue to impact their local and global communities positively; As a department, we value our alums and want to honor their work by actively staying engaged with them. Alumni Awards are one of the ways we celebrate our graduates, and we encourage all our alums, staff, and friends of the department to participate in nominating BSE alums for these awards. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged. Read more on the alumni awards below.

Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame Award is awarded to graduates of the University of Nebraska’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering and its predecessor (The Agricultural Engineering Department), and to others who have provided valuable leadership and made long-lasting impacts in academic, business, industry, government, and service-related endeavors as well as to the goals and mission of the Biological Systems Engineering Department.

There are generally one or more Hall of Fame Awards given annually.

Most recent Hall of Fame Inductee (s) : Kathryn Farrell-Poe and Dennis Schulte

Click here to nominate a Hall of Fame Award candidate and/ or to view the nomination criteria.  Deadline for submission: July 1st, 2024

For questions about the Hall of Fame awards, please contact Dr.Mark Stone

Early Career Excellence Award

This award is for undergraduate or graduate alumni of the University of Nebraska’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering who have excelled and provided valuable leadership in their profession. Nominees should have up to 15 years of professional working experience, exclusive of graduate/professional school.

There are four Early Career Excellence Awards:

-Early Career Excellence Award for Undergraduate Alumni with a Biological Systems Engineering Degree

-Early Career Excellence Award for Undergraduate Alumni with an Agricultural Systems Technology Degree (previously known as Mechanized System Management)

-Early Career Excellence Award for Undergraduate Alumni with an Agricultural Engineering Degree

-Early Career Excellence Award for Graduate Alumni from the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and all graduate degrees affiliated with BSE

2023 Early Career Excellence Award winner: Kurtis Charling

Click here to nominate an alumni for the Early-Career Excellence Award and/ or to view the nomination criteria. Deadline for submission: July 1st, 2024

For questions about the early and mid-career awards, please contact Dr. Angie Pannier

Mid-Career Excellence Award 

This award is for undergraduate or graduate alumni of the University of Nebraska’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering who have excelled and provided valuable leadership in their profession. Nominees should have between 15 and 25 years of professional working experience, exclusive of graduate/professional school.

There are four Mid-Career Excellence Awards:

- Mid Career Excellence Award for Undergraduate Alumni with a Biological Systems Engineering Degree

- Mid Career Excellence Award for Undergraduate Alumni with an Agricultural Systems Technology Degree (previously known as Mechanized System Management)

- Mid Career Excellence Award for Undergraduate Alumni with an Agricultural Engineering Degree

- Mid Career Excellence Award for Graduate Alumni from the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and graduate degrees affiliated with BSE

2023 Mid-Career Excellence Award winner: Kelly Brunkhorst

Click here to nominate an alumni for the Mid-Career Excellence Award and/or to view the nomination criteria. Deadline for submission: July 1st, 2024

For questions about the early and mid-career awards, please contact Dr. Angie Pannier

Alumni Awards Ceremony

The Hall of Fame, Early, and Mid-Career Excellence awardees will be announced this fall and celebrated at an award event on campus. More details on the event will be published on this page and through BSE social media channels and newsletters.