Conducted research on automated detection of Fusarium head blight (FHB) damaged wheat kernels. FHB causes yield reductions of up to 50% and crop losses in the U.S. have exceeded $1 billion.
The U.S. Quality Grains Research Consortium

This page was created as a way to remember indivudals from the NC-213 Community who we have lost. 

Dr. Leland McKinney - February 4, 1975 - January 1, 2019

Shared by Dirk Maier, Iowa State University. "Leland was an active member of NC-213 representing Kansas State University as the station representative for several years. He served as an objective chair and on the executive committee. His former major professor Dr. Keith Behnke served as station representative also as did his immediate predecessor Dr. Tim Herrman.  I met Leland through NC-213 soon after he joined the faculty of the Grain Science & Industry department at Kansas State University.

Leland was on the department head search committee that brought me to K-State. It was a pleasure and privilege to work with him there and see his career advance. His productivity and impact on his students and his feed industry research and extension work resulted in early promotion to Associate Profess with tenure. Leaving K-State for an industry opportunity was a difficult decision for him. It was also challenging for us to see him go because we were in the middle of building the new O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center and were counting on his leadership to make a go of it. He was greatly missed! 

In 2015 our paths crossed here in Iowa as he had been working as Director of Operations for a family-owned feed manufacturing company a couple of hours north of Iowa State University. He was among the first feed industry people in Iowa I visited with about our vision for a feed technology academic, research and outreach program at Iowa State given the plans for the ISU Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex that Dr. Charlie Hurburgh had initiated. Leland was an early and enthusiastic supporter which led to him joining our Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering as an Adjunct Associate Professor with graduate faculty status. Leland was to join the graduate committee of one of my M.S. students this semester and my student will certainly miss out on benefiting from his expertise and guidance. 

Leland also provided valuable insights and advice for the planning and design of the new ISU feed mill based on what we learned building the KSU feed mill and more importantly what he had learned since joining the feed industry and serving as director of operations, quality management and feed safety. He also made a number of valuable introductions and connections for us thanks to his extensive professional network. 

Sam Cook had Leland give guest lectures in our new fall semester Feed Processing and Technology course. Leland was Sam's academic advisor for his B.S. in Feed Science & Management at KSU. Leland enjoyed teaching our students and the students enjoyed him. Leland had always been an excellent teacher! With his recent acceptance of a new position with Land O'Lakes and his move to Des Moines, Leland had planned to get more involved with our ISU program and we were certainly looking forward to that.  

Losing Leland so suddenly and tragically is a shock to us all!!! Our hearts go out to his fiance and three young children. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!" Dirk

Dr. Bruce A. McKenzie - January 28, 1927 - September 2017

Bruce A. McKenzie was born January 28, 1927 in LaGrange County, IN. Born 7th of 13 children, he referred to himself as the middle child! He graduated from high school in 1945 a semester early to join the Navy during WWII. He was discharged from the Navy in July of 1946 and started at Purdue that fall. Bruce graduated with a degree in Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ABE) in 1950 and joined the faculty the day after he graduated. He completed a Master's Degree in ABE at Michigan State University in 1958.

Bruce met Irene Allen at a Lafayette dance held at Columbia Park in 1947. They were married two years later. They raised their family in Lafayette and traveled to many universities for summer meetings as well as attended many Purdue sporting events. You would be hard pressed to find someone who loved Purdue University more than Bruce! He was the consummate educator. Every family vacation involved educational stops along the way. We didn't travel on the interstate - Bruce mapped out the back routes with lots of jaunts to see a historical site or an interesting town that he had read about. Our parents continued to travel frequently for many years.

Dr. Fred Bakker-Arkema - (Obituary off line. Date of loss: April 27, 2017.)

Shared by Dirk Maier, Iowa State University. "This is a great loss to our lives and our profession. No words whether spoken or written will be adequate for me to express the deep gratitude and respect I will always have for him, and the sense of loss I feel at this time.

Dr. Bakker-Arkema was a pioneer in modeling the grain drying process and co-wrote the text book on the subject. He was one of the original founders of the multi-state project which is now known as NC-213 and started between MSU, Ohio State, Purdue and U of Illinois.

Not only was he my major professor for my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees but he was also my mentor and friend. I would not have ended up in our field of expertise if it had not been for him. My initial area of interest was soil and water engineering. He hired me while taking his heat transfer course during my Junior year at Michigan State University which was a great honor. The project on feed pellet cooling became my M.S. thesis project. It was sponsored by CPM. He helped me dual enroll into the M.S. program which accelerated my path towards completion. He arranged for me to spend a fall semester at University of Hohenheim in Germany after I completed my M.S. My time there eventually led to my PhD research project which was sponsored by a German company now known as Frigotec. They re-introduced their grain chillers to the U.S. market at this year’s GEAPS Exchange… small world indeed. His advice for working with industry and getting industry to fund his research was simple - learn and understand all you can about the industry, ask the industry what their needs and priorities are, and then ask how you might be able to help them.

Dr. Bakker-Arkema’s confidence and generosity allowed me to travel with him to China in 1988 at the invitation of the Chinese government when few Westerners had that opportunity. It related to the World Bank project that financed the construction of China’s grain handling infrastructure initially aimed at exporting their crops. He served as the grain drying consultant on that project. He also asked me to represent him as an invited speaker at conferences in Brazil and Thailand which opened my eyes to the rest of the world.

Dr. Bakker-Arkema taught me much and inspired me to become a professor. His mentorship and the opportunities he provided for me prepared me to successfully interview for my first faculty position at Purdue University, and to get my extension and research program up and running. He set a tremendous example for mentoring graduate students and inspired my passion for graduate education. My students have been impacted by him because of the impact he has had on me.

He challenged his students to think and analyze before we write. He was relentless in critiquing and editing our papers and always with a red pen. He always asked the toughest questions and probed the depths of understanding whether his students or his peers or their students presented research at ASABE or NC-213 meetings or at an international conference overseas. He knew our field, he knew the literature, he knew the industry and he understood the real world context. He led by example in setting high standards and expecting us to exceed them. He worked alongside us when testing a grain dryer at an elevator or a farm. He challenged our thinking beyond our professional interests and expertise. He kept in touch over the years and faithfully sent us articles he thought we should read. He cared about us and always provided wise counsel. I can only hope that throughout my career I can live up to his example at least in some small measure!

He became a life-long friend. He was always interested in the lives of his students, their spouses and children, and stayed in contact with them following and encouraging their career plans. He impacted all of our lives and we will miss him dearly. We will celebrate his life and honor his legacy!" Dirk.