Undergraduate Student Spotlight
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Turner Hagen

Portrait of Turner Hagen
Major: Mechanized Systems Management
Hometown: Worthington, MN
Option: Technical

What do you enjoy most about Nebraska?:

I really enjoyed the variety of classes in the Biological Systems Engineering Department. From learning about sizing a fan for a grain bin, to basic electrical circuits, all the way up to programing Controller Area Network (CAN bus) systems, it truly made my time enjoyable! I also enjoyed all my fellow students and faculty in the department, they made me feel at home. And of course, Husker football!

Are you involved in any activities outside of class? If so, which ones?:

I am involved in Mechanized Systems Management Club, where I was Treasurer for the 2016-2017 academic year. I was also involved in the 1/4 Scale Tractor team. During all four years, I worked at the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory, which I think is the best part time job a student can have.

Of all the courses you’ve taken, what is your favorite class, and what made it so enjoyable?:

This is a tough question as I have enjoyed many of classes, but I say my favorite was AGEN 492, which was a special topics course on CAN bus systems. CAN bus is how all the computers in today’s vehicles and heavy equipment communicate with each other, and in the class we made our own programs. My group project made an engine controller that controlled a diesel engine. It was so much fun, and will be very useful in my future career!

What has been your greatest achievement so far?:

My greatest achievement was being captain of the ¼ Scale X-Team in 2015. We took 1st place out of 13 teams! X-team takes the previous year’s tractor, makes changes, and takes it back to competition to compete against other X-teams. It’s geared to underclassmen, so they can really learn about competition and all the effort it takes to compete.

Do you have any advice that you would like to share with prospective students?:

The BSE department is probably the best in all of UNL. Take advantage of all the knowledge and experience the faculty have!