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Manbeck honored by American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Posted: May 23, 2011

Harvey Manbeck, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Engineering, will be honored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers at the organization’s annual international meeting in August in Louisville, Ky., "for his exemplary leadership and work in the development of the international engineering safety standard, Ventilating Manure Storages to Reduce Entry Risk."
Harvey Manbeck

Harvey Manbeck

Manbeck developed the standard with Dennis Murphy, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health, and Juan Zhao, formerly a Ph.D. student and post-doctoral scholar at Penn State and now an engineering staff member at Texas A&M University. The researchers measured and simulated poisonous and asphyxiating manure-gas evacuation from typical confined-space manure tanks.

 

The results were published in American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers journals and formed the basis for the development of an Environmental Safety and Health Division standard aimed at reducing the risk associated with entry into confined manure-storage tanks.

 

Manbeck's work now provides farmers, emergency responders, agricultural facility planners and designers, and building inspectors with the guidelines needed to reduce exposure to noxious gases and low oxygen levels in confined manure storage areas.

 

"The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is dependent upon and grateful to leaders like Harvey Manbeck who offer their technical expertise and volunteer their time to the development of consensus standards, data and engineering practices," said the group's president, Ronald McAlister.