Keith Tinsey

Keith Tinsey (BS Agricultural Egr '89) of Grand Ledge, Michigan, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

Tinsey, a native of Port Austin, Michigan, is the engineering and potato storage manager for Walther Farms in Three Rivers, Michigan, where he is responsible for the storage and quality shipment of $24 million in table and chipping potatoes annually. His experience enables him to be a resource in many areas, including standards, safety, electricity, drainage, irrigation, machine design, sales, and mentoring. His team was recently named Frito-Lay potato supplier of the year for North America and featured in a national advertising campaign for Frito-Lay. He held previous positions with the Michigan Agricultural Electric Council, and with ASABE, where he served as director of standards.

An ASABE member since 1987, Tinsey has served the society in a variety of capacities at both the international and regional levels. He has been a member of numerous technical and governance committees within the society and served as ASABE's representative to the National Electric Code Panel, which governs electrical standards in agriculture. He has been an adviser to the Michigan State University student branch, and he was instrumental in promulgating the society's PEI Engineer of the Year award.

In addition to his degree from Michigan State University he earned an MS in biological and agricultural engineering (1991) from North Carolina State University.

Tinsey is one of four ASABE members elected in 2010 to the Board of Trustees. During his two-year term of office, he will lend his leadership and expertise to the governance of all society operations, reviewing and guiding its mission, policies, services, and needs, and helping to ensure that adequate resources for society activities are secured and appropriately allocated. He took office at the ASABE Annual International Meeting, held June 20-23 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Its 9,000 members, from more than 100 countries, are consultants, managers, researchers, and others who have the training and experience to understand the interrelationships between technology and living systems.