SHEFFIELD, Iowa – Dr. Carl J. Bern, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, has received the inaugural Sukup Global Food Security award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
The award recognizes distinguished contributions to global food security through work and mentoring in grain drying, handling and storage. Bern mentors students in research projects, independent study courses, senior capstone projects and honors study courses.
The award was presented in July at ASABE’s annual international meeting in Orlando, Fla.
Bern, a registered professional engineer, has taught courses in grain quality and electric power at ISU for more than 40 years and also conducts research aimed at reducing storage losses in corn stored on small farms throughout the world. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in grain drying and storage, according to ASABE, and his work has been used worldwide to improve food security.
The Sukup Global Food Security Award was endowed by Sukup Manufacturing Co. and consists of an engraved crystal trophy featuring a globe, and a $1,000 cash prize.
“I applaud Sukup Manufacturing Co. for recognizing the importance of global food security by initiating this award and I am very honored to be the first recipient,” Bern said. Receiving the award “gives me a new enthusiasm for our work at Iowa State University to reduce losses of grain stored by small-holder farmers around the world,” he said.
Bern’s numerous awards include the ASABE Massey-Ferguson Educational Gold Medal Award and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching from ISU. He has been elected outstanding professor five times by the ASABE Iowa Student Branch.
Many of Bern’s students enter their research into regional or national technical conferences and competitions.
One such entry was by Tyler Rau, a 2016 ISU graduate who is now an engineer at Sukup Manufacturing Co. His paper, The Evaluation of Stirring to Control Weevils in Stored Maize (Corn), received first place in the K.K. Barnes Student Paper awards contest.
Bern has been a member of ASABE for 52 years and has been an ASABE Fellow since 1993. He is the author or co-author of more than 70 referred journal articles, 120 technical papers and two textbooks that are used in classes on grain quality and electricity.
Sukup Manufacturing Co. is headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa, and covers 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, manufacturing and warehouse space. The company employs over 500 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business.
Sukup’s product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports. Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings.
Sukup has six distribution centers located throughout the Midwest. Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in over 80 foreign countries.