Two engineering students awarded Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for grain bin safety robot
Ben Johnson and Zane Zents, seniors in electrical and computer engineering, were awarded the 2021 $10,000 "Eat it!" Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for the Grain Weevil, a grain bin safety and management robot that keeps farmers safe and grain stored efficiently.
The team also includes Johnson's father, Chad,
Work on the Grain Weevil started out as a personal favor to help a farmer friend who did not want to climb into grain bins, and led the team to the creation of a device with the potential to transform the agriculture industry, a novel solution that addresses key issues on farms across the U.S. and the world.
- Read the University Communication article
- Read the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize article
- View the Grain Weevil student prize video
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