Purdue honors Brock engineer as outstanding alumni

by Emily Wilson
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Harmon L. Towne, vice-president of engineering and product development for Brock Grain and Feed Systems, was recently named one of Purdue University’s 10 Distinguished Engineering Alumni for his outstanding technical accomplishments and contributions to agricultural engineering.

Towne, a registered professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience in the agricultural industry, received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering in 1963 from Purdue, which is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.

Towne’s engineering career has included many achievements. His patented design of the Brock "Ultradry" in-bin grain drying system earned a 1991 Agricultural Engineering 50 Award, which recognizes innovative products. Towne also designed one of the first automated inlet systems for livestock ventilation, which are still in use in thousands of livestock facilities around the world. He also has been involved in the design and installation of several grain storage, drying and handling systems that have improved international grain drying and processing.

Currently serving as president of the Society for Engineering in Agricultural, Food, and Biological Systems (ASAE), Towne has been extensively involved with engineering accreditation. He also is a member of the ASAE Foundation Board of Trustees.

In 1999, Towne received the Purdue Agricultural and Biological Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of his professional accomplishments and support of Purdue University. His ongoing involvement at Purdue has included lecturing, research and extension support, as well as corporate involvement with the Post-Harvest Research and Extension Center.

Since joining Chore-Time Brock (CTB, Inc.) in 1977, Towne has held various positions in engineering, sales, and management at the company. He currently oversees all design engineering projects for Brock Grain and Feed Systems, a part of the CTB family of companies, and provides overall product leadership, including the development of new products.

CTB, based in Milford, Indiana, designs, manufactures and markets systems for the grain, poultry, hog and egg production industries.