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  • BSE undergraduate student awarded College citation
    Julie Meyers was awarded a 2017 College of Engineering Department Citation from the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the Undergraduate Student Awards ceremony on 31 May 2017.  Julie is a student in Biological Systems Engineering at UC Davis with an outstanding academic record and is known for her engagement and ability to quickly ...

 

 


  • Congratulations to BAE seniors on the Engineering Design Showcase
    BAE seniors joined other College of Engineering (CoE) seniors to present at the annual Engineering Design Showcase, and they did an amazing job!  The CoE’s website explains the Design Showcase as: “the culminating senior experience that gives engineering students the opportunity to engineer solutions to a variety of problems and needs. Students dedicate hours of ...
  • Biological Systems Engineering student and team win Big Bang! award
    When a Davis High School chemistry teacher asked UC Davis engineering students to come up with a replacement for her outdated colorimeters and spectrometers, they eagerly jumped to the task. After just a summer of prototyping they came up with the Chromatiscope. The Chromatiscope is an easy to use, multi-functional, and inexpensive laboratory device which, using ...
  • BAE mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus William Chancellor
    Professor Emeritus William Chancellor died on February 16.  His family was with him and he died peacefully.  He was 85. Dr. Chancellor joined the department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in 1957 and he worked and taught on topics relating to soil mechanics, soil-machine relations, vehicle stability and traction, forage harvesting and handling, rice production and ...
  • Grad student invited to participate in Professors for the Future program
    Congratulations to BAE grad student Lauren Jabusch, who was selected to participate in the UC Davis Graduate Studies 2017-2018 Professors for the Future program.  Her selection was based on a number of factors such as academic performance, leadership potential, the desire to serve the needs of your fellow students and interest in participating in the graduate ...
  • Sign up now for EBS 289K: Robotics, Smart Machines and the Internet of Things (IoT)
    ?? Are You Ready for The Internet of Things ?? EBS 289K – Spring 2017           CRN: 92107 Robotics, Smart Machines and the Internet of Things (IoT) Course Description: It is currently estimated that by the year 2020 there will be in excess of 5 billion smart devices (not counting smartphones) that are connected to the internet and that ...
  • ASABE, SOBE, and BAE-GSA visit the California Agriculture Museum
    On Saturday February 25th, three student clubs of the BAE Department: the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Student Chapter (ASABE), the Society of Biological Engineers (SOBE), and the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Graduate Student Association (BAE-GSA) teamed up to attend a tour of the California Agriculture Museum in Woodland, CA. Founded in 1995, the ...
  • BAE at the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day
    Every year in early March, the Biological & Agricultural Engineering (BAE) department partners with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) to hold three contests for the annual Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day. Field Day acts as a showcase for both the BAE Department and the CA&ES because it is open to FFA ...
  • Professor David Slaughter’s in-field phenotyping system highlighted in CAES news
    The news team at the College of AGriculture and Environmental Sciences recently covered the issues around crop breeding and varying climate conditions.  BAE Professor David Slaughter’s system for phenotyping in the fields is leading the way to resolve the issue.  Read the article here. And way to go Dr. Slaughter!  
  • BAE grad student wins 2nd in regional ASABE poster competition
    Congratulations to Erin Kizer, graduate student in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, who won the second place poster award and a cash prize in the graduate student category poster competition at the ASABE California- Nevada Section meeting in Tulare, CA, on 15 February 2017! Her winning poster is “Leaf Monitoring System for Continuous Measurement of ...
  • Professor Emeritus Paul Singh awarded honorary degree from University of Guelph
    The Senate of the University of Guelph approved a recommendation that Dr. Singh be awarded degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa. In his award letter, they explained that this degree is awarded in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research in agricultural and food science, and his global dissemination of food processing knowledge and technologies.  ...
  • Prof. Emeritus Bill Chancellor recognized
    Professor Emeritus William J. Chancellor of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering was presented with a Certificate of Recognition at the inaugural precision agriculture seminar on January 26.  The award was presented for Prof. Chancellor’s “vision, leadership, and life-long contributions to technological advancements in agriculture.”  Presenting the award is Prof. David Slaughter, Director of ...
  • BAE undergraduate attends Harvard’s National Collegiate Research Conference
    Undergraduate student Umayr Sufi won an invitation to the prestigious National Collegiate Research Conference, whose mission is building an interdisciplinary research community among undergraduate students, and promoting undergraduate research. The Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA) selected Umayr to attend the 2017 National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) held Thursday January 19 through Saturday January 21, 2017 ...
  • BAE Chair and Professor Bryan Jenkins elected an ASABE Fellow
    A huge congratulations goes out to Dr. Bryan Jenkins, who was recently selected by the M-131 Fellow committee and elected by the ASABE Board of Trustees to the Grade of ASABE Fellow! This is an honorary status to which members of distinction of the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers must be elected.  This action ...
  • FACULTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE) – engineering design and communication
    ENGINEERING EDUCATION FACULTY POSITION Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering University of California, Davis   Applications are invited for a faculty position as a Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE) in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of California, Davis.  This position has primary responsibilities in undergraduate teaching, particularly in the area of engineering ...
  • BAE Assistant Professor Gail Bornhorst featured in UC Davis News
    Dr. Bornhorst is featured on our university’s news website, in a story called “New Machine Simulates Human Digestion to Improve Nutrition”.  The story focuses on her creation of a machine that might help people make better decisions about when to eat, what to eat and how to prepare food to meet their own personal nutritional ...
  • Associate Professor Tina Jeoh selected as a Chancellor’s Fellow
    Congratulations to Dr. Tina Jeoh, who has been selected to be a 2016-17 Chancellor’s Fellow! With this honor, Dr. Jeoh will receive a monetary award to be used in support of her research, teaching and service activities, and will be recognized along with the other Chancellor’s Fellows at a special reception.   The Chancellor’s Fellows Program was established ...
  • FACULTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assistant Professor of Crop Sensing and Automation
    FACULTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Assistant Professor of Crop Sensing and Automation Departments of Viticulture and Enology and Biological and Agricultural Engineering University of California, Davis The Departments of Viticulture and Enology and Biological and Agricultural Engineering in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis are recruiting an Assistant Professor of Crop Sensing and Automation ...
  • Apply now for East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
    East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)   Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 10, 2016 Program Guidelines: NSF 13-593 NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each ...
  • Professor Jean VanderGheynst Named a Congressional Woman of the Year
    (adapted from the College of Engineering’s website) Congressman John Garamendi honored Jean VanderGheynst during the 2016 Women of the Year Awards ceremony on Thursday, October 13. The award recognizes outstanding women of the 3rd Congressional District. Jean VanderGheynst is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in the UC Davis College ...
  • Two BAE undergraduates win the 2016 World Food Day Video Challenge
    Congratulations to Carlos Orozco-Gonzalez and Umayr Sufi, who won the 2016 World Food Day Video Challenge!  Dr. Irwin Donis-Gonzalez, the students’ advisor and UC Davis Cooperative Extension specialist said the video had to be submitted by undergraduate students, as it was a requirement of the competition. The World Food Center publicly announced the winners during the ...
  • BAE Professor Fadi Fathallah appointed Associate Vice Provost for Global Education & Services
    The Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs, Joanna Regulsksa, announced that Dr. Fadi Fathallah has been appointed the Associate Vice Provost for Global Education and Services, Global Affairs as of July 1, 2016.  She writes: “Dr. Fadi Fathallah currently serves as a Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and as the UC Davis Study Abroad ...
  • Department members attend the 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting in Orlando, Florida
    Members from the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering attended the 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting in Orlando, Florida during July, making technical presentations on new research findings, participating in society committee meetings and other society functions, and engaging in collaborative activities with other ASABE members from around the world. The department participated in a career ...
  • Undergraduate student team places in top ten in ASABE Robotics Competition
    A team of undergraduate students from UC Davis placed within the top ten in the 2016 ASABE Robotics Competition at the annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. This competition required the construction of a fully automated robotic system designed to simulate the picking and transfer of citrus fruits from the field to the processing plant. Two mobile robots were ...
  • BAE’s Erin Kizer wins outstanding graduate student award from ISPA
    The International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA)  recently awarded Erin Kizer with the Outstanding Graduate Award. Erin, a grad student in Professor Shrini Upadhyaya’s lab, studied biomedical engineering at UC San Diego.  She says, “I realized my passion for exploring the intricacies of life were rooted in my love of nature … My focus of study ...
  • UC Davis students win poster competition at ASABE
    Two BAE students won top honors at the ASABE Annual International Meeting with undergraduate poster awards: Vivian Vuong won first place and Matthew Paddock won third place. Vuong was advised by Prof. David Slaughter and Paddock was advised by Professor Jean VanderGheynst and Dr. Brendan Higgins. The posters present an engineering project useful to agriculture and ...
  • BAE Faculty win EurAgEng Outstanding Paper award
    Congratulations to professors David Slaughter and Fadi Fatallah, whose paper “Co-robotic intra-row weed control system” has won the Biosystems Engineering Outstanding Paper Adward. This was presented at the EurAgEng Assembly yesterday in Aahrus University (Denmark). The paper was co-authored by Manuel Pérez-Ruíza, David C. Slaughter, Fadi A. Fathallah, Chris J. Gliever and Brandon J. Miller.  It  appeared in ...
  • Galen Tigan wins the First Quarter 2016 Safety Star
    From safetyservices.ucdavis.edu: Galen Tigan is a Staff Research Associate and the Safety Coordinator for the Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory (FCCL) in Byron, CA. The FCCL is a satellite research lab that is working to save the endangered Delta Smelt. Galen’s efforts to prepare the facility and staff for the Annual Comprehensive Lab Safety Review and ...
  • BAE postdoc wins UCD Award for Postdoctoral Research Excellence
    Congratulations to Bipin Kumar, a postdoc in Professor Ning Pan’s lab, who won the UCD Award for Postdoctoral Research Excellence 2015-2016! Dr. Bipin Kumar (R), is a Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellow and started working in Dr. Pan’s group in September of 2014.  His research focuses on biomedical applications of memory polymers. Dr. Pan said Kumar’s research has had significant ...
  • BAE student’s Big Bang project places in top 5
    Congratulations to Sanliang Zhang, who’s project, Super Lithium Technology, placed in the top 5 of 42 entries.  In addition, the project won the Clean Tech Award! Sanliang worked on the project with Colin Lewis, a Fiber and Polymer Science major.  Dr. Ning Pan was the faculty leader for the project. Marianne Scokzek wrote the following about it ...
  • Congratulations to the graduating BAE class of 2016!
     
  • Professor Jean VanderGheynst to receive Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award
    Professor Jean VanderGheynst was selected by the Graduate Council Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Welfare Committee as the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award. This award recognizes the vital role mentoring plays in the academic and professional development of postdoctoral scholars at the UC Davis, and recognizes faculty who have shown an outstanding ...
  • Slaughter lab postdoc wins Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research
    Thuy Tuong Nguyen, a postdoc in Professor David Slaughter’s lab, won the Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research, presented by the department of Graduate Studies. This award is offered to recognize the vital role that Postdoctoral Scholars play in maintaining the reputation of excellent research at the University of California, Davis. Nominees for this award must ...
  • Assistant Professor Gail Bornhorst awarded fellowship for mentoring
    Dr. Gail Bornhorst was one of five 2015-16 Mentoring at Critical Transitions Fellowship awardees, which are presented by the School of Graduate Studies.  Her project, titled Enhancing teaching and presentation skills using microteaching principles, and her graduate student mentees, Yamile Mennah, Sarah O’Meara and Krista Drechsler, are featured on the graduate school webpage. Congratulations to Dr. ...
  • CAES awards Amanda Hidebrand the 2016 Kinsella Memorial Prize
    Congratulations to Amanda Hildebrand, a PhD student in Biological Systems Engineering, who was named recipient of the 2016 Kinsella Memorial Prize by the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. The Kinsella Memorial Prize was established to honor the late John E. Kinsella, former Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and an internationally distinguished ...
  • The Phenotyping Robot
    Robotic In-field Phenotyping for 3D Reconstruction of Plant Architecture While the genomes of many plant species important to the food supply have now been sequenced our ability to translate those advances in understanding into rapid advancement in crop cultivars is dramatically inhibited by manual methods of functionally linking plant response with environmental and genotype interactions. Robotic high-throughput ...
  • Dr. Ruihong Zhang featured on CNBC.com
    Professor Zhang’s work was featured on CNBC in an March 3 article titled “We chuck out 31% of our food supply: How to stop the waste”. After explaining the problem of food waste in our country, the article moved onto solutions, one of which was the biodigester that Dr. Zhang invented. Read the article here.  
  • BAE Faculty Position opening: Irrigation/Water Management Engineering – apply by April 30, 2016
    Faculty Position: Irrigation/Water Management Engineering Biological And Agricultural Engineering University of California, Davis   Irrigation/Water Management Engineer, Assistant Professor (9-month tenure track). The candidate will hold an appointment in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and address water application technology, water-use efficiency and evaluation and use of alternative water supplies for irrigated agriculture that ultimately consider water resource ...
  • BAE teams win poster competition at CA/NV ASABE meeting
    The ASABE California-Nevada Section meeting on February 10 in Tulare attracted a good turnout. Congratulations to the graduate student teams and their advisors for their winning entries in the poster competition.  First and second prizes in the graduate poster category were awarded to: First Place to Steve Zicari, Tyler Barzee, Hamed El-Mashad, Ruihong Zhang, Rob Williams and ...
  • BAE is hiring 3 Fish Culturists – apply by February 5, 2016
    Position: FISH CULTURIST Number of Positions: 3 Department: BIOLOGICAL & AG ENGINEERING  Located in Byron, Ca. To apply, go to UC Davis Career Opportunities and type in Requisition #03015760 Position Details Job Summary: Under supervision provide general laboratory maintenance and assist with research at an experimental fish rearing facility located near Byron, CA. ...
  • BAE is hiring for a faculty position: Lecturer. Applications due by March 31, 2016.
    TEACHING FACULTY POSITION Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering University of California, Davis   Applications are invited for a faculty position as a Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE) or Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE) in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of California, Davis. This position has primary responsibilities in undergraduate teaching, particularly ...
  • BSE graduate Josh Goldschmid honored by SAE International
    Congratulations to former undergrad Josh Goldschmid, who’s now a PhD candidate at Missouri University of Science and Technology.  He was honored with the Steven M. Atkins Ability and Achievement in Science, Engineering, and Technology (AASET) Award during the SAE International AeroTech Engineering Congress held recently in Seattle. Read more about Josh’s award here.
  • Professor Zhongli Pan’s walnut drying system featured on the Energy Commission blog
    Drs. Zhongli Pan and Ruihong Zhang along their team members of Drs. Chandraseker Venkitasamy, Ragab Khir and Hamed E Elmashad received a $1.1 million Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER) grant to work on a new commercial walnut drying system that could save growers as much as 50 percent in energy costs. Read all about it in the full article ...
  • BAE undergrad receiving press for work on mobile chicken coop
    BAE undergraduate Mitchell McCarthy is making news!  He was recently on the cover of the Sacramento Bee, and is featured in a UC Davis video. McCarthy is involved in work on a mobile chicken coop, to transport pasture-raised chickens to various farms where they can be of use.  The project is a collaboration between several departments, ...
  • BAE visited by Dean and faculty from the Agrotechnical University of Kazakhstan
    Dept. Chair Bryan Jenkins, Engineering Dean, Dr. Nukeshev Sayakhat and Professor Shrini Upadhyaya On November 9th, Engineering Dean, Dr. Sayakhat Nukeshev, along with seven faculty members from Agrotechnical University of Kazakhstan (KATU) visited our department as a part of ongoing collaboration between UC Davis and KATU. Former Dean, Neal Van Alfen, is the liaison for the ...
  • BAE welcomes new CE Specialst, Dr. Irwin Donis-Gonzalez
    Dr. Irwin Donis-González’s passion for agriculture and postharvest technologies began 10 years ago in his native Guatemala, working as an independent agro consultant upon earning his Bachelor’s and Licentiate degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Del Valle University of Guatemala.  Wanting to pursue advanced training in postharvest management, he came to the United States, at Michigan State University (MSU), as a Fulbright Scholar. Using chestnuts ...
  • Dr. Shrini Upadhyaya’s research publicized
    Professor Upadhyaya’s water stress sensor for vineyards and orchards recently garnered attention from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, as well as the Davis Enterprise and Phys.org.  The sensor attaches to a single leaf to measure temperature, light, wind and humidity to help optimize plant irrigation. Read the article on the CAES website, at the ...
  • Professor David Slaughter named ASABE Fellow
    At the annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in July, Dr. David Slaughter was named a Fellow of the organization for his outstanding contributions to agricultural automation and development of sensing technologies for agricultural product quality and precision agriculture.  View his full biography on the ASABE site to learn more ...
  • Professor Ruihong Zhang’s innovations in anaerobic digestion garner press
    The biodigester created by BAE’s Dr Ruihong Zhang has recently received coverage from both CAES’ Outlook magazine as well as the Davis Enterprise.  Both articles were titled “Waste not, want not: UCD technology transforms organic waste into energy”. Click here to read the article in Outlook, and here to read the Enterprise‘s piece. Congratulations Dr. Zhang!
  • BAE’s Dr. Zhongli Pan elected as President-Elect for Chinese American Food Society
    Professor PanDr. Zhongli Pan, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis and Research Engineer at USDA-ARS-WRRC, has been elected as the President-Elect for the Chinese American Food Society for 2015/16. Founded in 1975, the Chinese American Food Society serves to engage professionals interested in food science and technology and ...
  • ASABE awards Cyrus Hall McCormick Jerome Case Gold Medal to Prof. Ken Giles
    Congratulations to Dr. Giles on this prestigious award!  Read the following details from ASABE’s website. Durham Ken Giles, ASABE Fellow, is the recipient of the 2015 Cyrus Hall McCormick Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal Award for his insightful research, creative design and implementation of agricultural chemical application equipment for improving the environmental aspects of agriculture. Giles, professor ...
  • R. Paul Singh Wins Prestigious Agriculture Prize
    R. Paul Singh, a distinguished professor emeritus who had dual appointments in the UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and the Department of Food Science and Technology, has received the 2015 Global Confederation for Higher Education Associations for Agriculture & Life Sciences (GCHERA) World Agriculture Prize Laureate. The award was announced at the annual ...
  • BAE Grad Student Mentors Winning ‘Green’ Grade-Schoolers
    UC Davis biological and agricultural engineering (BAE) graduate student Lauren Jabusch seems to be everywhere these days. Her research work on biofuels and microalgae cell wall analysis — with the goal of extracting starches and lipids, in order to efficiently produce ethanol and biodiesel — keeps her quite busy. So does her role as chair of ...
  • Dr. Jean VanderGheynst appointed interim dean of the College of Engineering
    Article by Dateline staff On June 9th Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi announced the appointment of Professor Jean VanderGheynst as interim dean for the College of Engineering, effective July 1. VanderGheynst served as the associate dean for Undergraduate Studies from 2009 to 2013, and since then has been the associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies. VanderGheynst replaces ...
  • Professor Zhongli Pan to serve as center director for the World Food Center-China
    Officials from the city of Zhuhai, China, and the University of California, Davis, signed a memorandum of understanding on May 26 to establish the World Food Center-China. The WFC-China will be the central office for coordinating research and training activities in food safety for various Sino-U.S. Joint Research Centers across the country. A facility for the ...
  • BAE team Sensozyme named as finalist in 2015 Big Bang! competition
    Akshata Mudinoor, Maria Cardona, Nardrapee Karuna, Chris Roberts and Scott Strobel are graduate and undergraduate students in the Jeoh Lab, and make up team Sensozyme in this year’s Big Bang! Business competition held by the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.  The team is one of five finalists in the annual competition, which provides a ...
  • BAE PhD student wins award from Soroptomist
    Congratulations to Lauren Jabusch, a PhD student studying in Jean VanderGheynst’s lab, for winning one of the Sierra Nevada Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas Fellowships!  These fellowships are being offered to women who are in a Doctorial Graduate school program attending school in the Sierra Nevada Region. Jabusch will receive her award at the ...
  • Nitin lab receives large grant as UC Davis Heads USDA Food Safety Project
    A collaborative food-safety project headed by UC Davis has been selected for funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The proposal, titled “An Integrated Approach to Eliminate Cross-Contamination During Washing, Conveying, Handling and Packaging of Fresh Produce,” will receive $4.751 million over the course of five years. The grant comes from the Foo UC Davis, ...
  • ‘Refuge’ for the Endangered Delta Smelt — Newly Funded
    From UC Davis News Editor’s note: To download a photo of the Delta smelt courtesy of UC Davis, visit http://bit.ly/1FTKn2f.   Delta smelt are hard to find. Federally listed as threatened in 1993 and as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act in 2009, they are an iconic species for water issues in the state. But there’s one ...
  • BAE grad student wins Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community
    BAE grad student Lauren Jabusch has been elected as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community for 2014-2015 in the Graduate Student category.  This award recognizes  contributions in enhancing inclusiveness and diversity within the campus community. Jabusch is in the Biological Systems Engineering Masters and Doctorate program with a minor in Environmental ...
  • UC Davis developing faster, more accurate robotic cultivator
    Congratulations to BAE Professor David Slaughter, whose project recently received a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative. It addresses a problem that has vexed precision weed management for years: How do you devise a robotic cultivator that can quickly distinguish friend from foe? Read the entire story at the UC ...
  • Adjunct Professor Kurt Kornbluth quoted in NY Times article about UCD Domes
    Read the article in The New York Times about The Domes, affectionately called “Baggins End”.      
  • Professor Ruihong Zhang featured on the campus homepage
    Dr. Zhang’s creation of an anaerobic digestion facility has garnered great interest from our campus and far beyond.  This month, the campus website’s homepage features her work. Read the article in full here.  
  • Professor David Slaughter named Fellow of ASABE
    BAE’s Dr. Slaughter has been selected as one of twelve ASABE Fellows for 2015.  This is an honorary status to which members of distinction may not apply but must be elected. This action reflects the high regard he is held by members of the Society. It also recognizes the significant contributions he has made. This year’s ...
  • Adjunct professor Zhongli Pan highlighted for tomato peeling research
    An article about Dr. Pan’s tomato peeling research made the cover of the January 2015 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.  Download the article here: Tomato peeling – Agricultural Research – USDA
  • BAE Assistant Professor Stavros Vougioukas featured in COE publication
    Dr. Vougioukas’ research on agricultural robotics automation and mechanization is featured in the fall quarter’s Engineering Progress magazine. Congratulations to Dr. Vougioukas!  Read the full article here on page 14.
  • UC Davis Biosystems Engineers Win EPA Funding
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program has awarded a $14,473 grant to Josh Claypool and Sara Pace, both UC Davis Ph.D. students in biological systems engineering. Their project, “Biorenewable Methane Production,” is one of 42 student-led proposals to have qualified for Phase I funding via the EPA’s annual P3 ...
  • UC Davis wins grand prize in iGEM student design competition
    The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) student design competition is an international design competition in synthetic biology – a growing area of biotechnology.  This year, over 250 college and community lab teams and more than 2500 people competed in Boston.  There are two divisions “undergrad” and “overgrad” separated by age.   UC Davis won the ...
  • BAE’s Dr. Ruijong Zhang wins Clean Tech Innovator of the Year award
    Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance recognized the BAE professor as part of its TechCon conference.  Read about it in the Sacramento Business Journal’s article here. Congratulations to Dr. Zhang!
  • Leslie J. Nickels Trust research/demonstration proposal request
    The Leslie J. Nickels Trust, operator of the Nickels Soils Lab (NSL), is requesting proposals for research and/or demonstrations projects for in-kind supported field work (no per acre fee) for the 2015 growing season.  NSL is a unique hybrid research farm (private facility supporting public research) providing a commercial orchard (almond and/or walnut) setting for ...
  • BAE welcomes new Assistant Professor Gail Bornhorst
    Dr. Bornhorst is originally from Houghton, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biosystems (Food) Engineering at Michigan State University in 2007. Following an internship at Kellogg Company, she began graduate school at UC Davis. She completed her Master’s degree in 2010 and PhD in 2012 in Biological Systems Engineering. During her PhD ...
  • BAE grad student awarded the Ernest E. Hill Fellowship
    Brendan Higgins was recently awarded the Ernest E. Hill Fellowship to support his research on sustainable water treatment and algal biofuel production.  Wastewater treatment processes have been reported to contribute 35 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions as carbon dioxide equivalents annually.  Brendan proposes to examine co-cultivation of algae and other microorganisms as a ...
  • Chemical Lab Supervisor Kameron Chun is the March 2014 winner of the Safety Star
    For the past 18 years, Kameron has been the primary Safety Coordinator for the Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, as well as the Chemical Lab Manager and a Staff Research Associate. Kameron works diligently with his student, staff, and faculty colleagues to train, advise, and assist them in their daily work.  His responsibilities are ...
  • Professor Ken Giles’ work highlighted in Aviation Week
    Aviation Week recently published a new story about using unmanned aircraft for crop spraying.  This is the result of Dr. Ken Giles’ research.  Read the article here:  AW&ST_UAVs_19May14 For more information about the unmanned aircraft, read this article by UC Davis News.
  • BAE Adjunct professor’s research on low fat French fries in national media
    Professor PanUSA Today and other media outlets recently covered Adjunct Professor Zhongli Pan‘s research involving infrared heat to lower the amount of fat absorbed by potatoes when making French fries.  Dr. Pan, who is also an Agricultural Research Service scientist with USDA, was also highlighted in the Idaho’s Mason City Globe Gazette.  Congratulations to Dr. Pan for ...
  • BAE undergraduate student highlighted in Davis Enterprise
    Simon Staley, a biological systems engineering undergraduate working with Professor Jean VanderGheynst, was featured on an article about undergraduate research.  Read about his research in the Enterprise.
  • Dr. Ruihong Zhang unveils the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester
    Congratulations to Dr. Ruihong Zhang, whose Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester was officially unveiled on April 22.  The Davis Enterprise reported on the event, which was attended by the Chancellor, the Dean, and State Representative John Garamendi among many others.  Read coverage of the event from the Enterprise and from UC Davis News. At the unveiling, Professor ...
  • ‘Be a Match’ for postdoc with leukemia
    Chao Wei Yu, who earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. at UC Davis and who now does research here as a post-doctoral scholar, has acute myeloid leukemia — and a search is on for a donor whose stem cells could be used for transplant into Yu’s bone marrow. Hopefully, a lifesaving tissue match will result from ...
  • Amanda Hildebrand: PhD student video
    Amanda HildebrandWatch BAE’s Amanda Hildebrand’s video on YouTube here:  
  • R. Paul Singh’s eBook “Introduction to Food Engineering” finalist for Digital Book Award
    Food-Engineering Dr. R. Paul Singh’s book “Introduction to Food Engineering” was selected as a finalist in the Category of “Ebook Fixed format/Enhanced-Reference/Academic” for the World Conference of Digital Books.  The book is in its 5th edition and was released in August 2013.  The book is currently available in three different versions: standard print, ebook (mainly PDF), ...
  • Stavros Vougioukas awarded funding to develop robots that harvest
    (CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) has given an award of $1,123,463 to the University of California, Davis to develop “relatively small, inexpensive robots” to aid in harvesting strawberries.  The announcement was made in late October as part of a series of USDA awards “to spur the development and use of robots in American agriculture production,” ...
  • The Dumpster Prop: Making a Dirty Job Easier
    The Dumpster Prop: Making a Dirty Job Easier                 The custodial staff at a large university has the enormous task of cleaning not only classrooms and office spaces, but also student residential areas and onsite event locations. You can imagine the amount of trips it takes from a building to the dumpster each day in order to ...
  • Professor Ning Pan: A new look at heat transfer
    Professor Ning PanProfessor Ning Pan’s research on entropy and entransy on UC Davis blog Egghead. http://blogs.ucdavis.edu/egghead/2013/11/01/a-new-look-at-heat-transfer-entransy/
  • Ruihong Zhang Receives Achievement Award from the California Bioresources Alliance
    Congratulations to Professor Ruihong Zhang for receiving an Achievement Award from the California Bioresources Alliance. The award recognizes Ruihong’s “outstanding research incorporating good science and practicality in seeking solutions to agricultural organic waste problems by transforming them into useful products”. An example of the “practicality” of her work is the recent announcement of a groundbreaking ceremony for a ...
  • CleanWorld and UC Davis in DELTA in-flight magazine
    Delta MagazineCleanWorld and UC Davis has been highlighted in the most recent DELTA in-flight magazine as an example of Sacramento’s emergence as a renewable and technology capital.  See below. Click here for PDF   
  • Departments Working Together Towards Solutions
    Working on motor vehicles can be a back aching job, just ask the employees of Fleet Services. Dr. Buster Porter, Physical Therapist and Ergonomics Specialist with Occupational Health Services, was concerned about an employee from Fleet Services who was experiencing ongoing work related injuries to his back. Dr. Porter decided to visit the employee’s work environment ...
  • Driving Innovation
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  • COE Faculty Awards for 2013
    Dean Enrique J. Lavernia’s Announcement 2013 College of Engineering Deans Annual Faculty Awards  Professor Stephen Lewis of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, won the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award for 2013. ProfessorLewis’ research interests include analog integrated circuits, data conversion, filters and signal processing; current circuit design projects focus on reducing cost while increasing the portability ...
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    The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) honored UC Davis professor Nitin Nitin with the Samuel Cate Prescott Award for his outstanding research within the field of food science and technology.  An assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis, Nitin conducts research in the development and validation of non-thermal food processing ...