Caleb Lindhorst Lindsey, Neb. / 22 Agricultural Engineering BS, 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln ASABE Student Member Lindsey, Neb., is home to 321 people and the Zimmatic pivot. During my freshman and sophomore summers, I worked as a test engineer for the Lindsay Corporation where the Zimmatic, made for high-performing irrigation systems, is manufactured. Being from a small agfocused farming/manufacturing community and a family of farmers, the love of the land is instilled in me—I have soil in my veins! No question about my major. Ag engineering merged my interests in math and science with my roots. I met other like minded students in the program, also interested in developing new, more efficient technologies to lessen our carbon footprint and feed the Earth’s growing population. I believe we are headed to an electronically driven ag era to reduce environmental impact, and I take classes that prepare for this. Unfortunately, after the fall of my junior year, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident that left me in a coma for 39 days and institutionalized for a year of rehab. I had a traumatic brain injury after being ejected during a gravel road rollover. When I woke, my left side was paralyzed, my speech all but gone, and I couldn’t walk, talk, or even eat. Some said I would not be able to return to college and regain my former life. I didn’t accept that; my faith kept frustration at bay and my farm-bred perseverance moved me forward. I have returned to my academic path with awesome support of family and friends. Ag engineering, like my life, is a challenging path. You never give up! Get involved early with student organizations. Check out the ASABE International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. As a team co-captain with my best friend Luke Prosser, we were given an engine, two tires, and terrific teammates to design and build a small-scale tractor. With this fascinating project, I think I received the equivalent of two years work experience!
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