At its annual awards meeting on March 27, the Quad City Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recognized two Geneseo residents.
Anne Ryerson was name “Young Member of the Year,” and Tom Hitzhusen was named “Member of the Year.”
Ryerson, who served as the section’s chair this past year, is a product safety and compliance engineer with the John?Deere Harvester Works and Seeding Group.
Besides her technical society work, Ryerson volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and also has been active in local programs designed to interest girls in engineering.
She is a member of the College of Engineering advisory group at her alma mater, the University of
Hitzhusen is an engineering consultant and farmer. A graduate of Iowa State University, Hitzhusen started his career with John Deere Des Moines Works before joining John?Deere Harvester?Works in 1976. He retired in 1999 as manager of future combine engineering.
He has served as chair of both the Iowa and Quad City Sections of ASABE. He also helped develop the agricultural equipment exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, is a past director of the Deer Valley Collectors and the Antique Engine and Tractor Association.
Hitzhusen is a board member for the Farmers Mutual Electric Cooperative and is on the administrative board at his church, Grace United Methodist, in Geneseo.