American Crystal Sugar to Sponsor UND Student Design Project


American Crystal Sugar Company recently donated $ 6,000 to the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of North Dakota to support the UND Senior Design Synthesis Program in Chemical Engineering. The ACSC is also sponsoring a group of 3 to 4 students who will complete a number of deliverables to support an assessment of the technical and economic feasibility of adding a municipal waste-to-energy (MSW) facility to one of the facilities. CCAA to reduce the carbon footprint of this facility.

Similar MSW WTE facilities exist just outside the Red River Valley in Fosston, Perham and Alexandria. CCAA engineers will help mentor the group of students as they develop the preliminary design and economics of the new facility. The student team will also present their idea to CCAA business development and plant staff.

The University of North Dakota has long been a destination for big-picture regional HS students seeking to better understand the field of engineering, a press release from the CCAA said. ACSC is a proud sponsor of the UND engineering programs which have a long history of providing engineers to the company for the mutual benefit of both parties.

American Crystal Sugar Company has mission statements including:

• Maximize the long-term prosperity of our family farms and communities

• Foster a corporate culture that attracts, develops and retains exceptional employees

• Embrace innovation and continuous improvement in all aspects of our business

ACSC considers thinking outside the box as a necessity for its employees and an essential capability for future engineers.

“The partnership with the UND ChE department for this study is a natural win-win. This allows us to support the University while also encouraging the kind of thinking that we see as necessary to facilitate our vision of becoming the best beet sugar company in the world ”, quote from Ryan Wall, Plant Manager at Crookston American Crystal Sugar Company. .

“Sponsored projects provide a more hands-on experience for our student groups,” said Professor Wayne Seames, the UND course instructor. “Anytime we can prepare students while helping one of our regional partners, it is a win-win situation for all parties involved. We deeply appreciate the CCAA for their frequent sponsorship of UND engineering design projects and for hiring so many UND graduates.


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