Research facilities available to graduate students include departmental laboratories, general campus labs, and field test sites located on campus and at university-administered stations throughout the state. Over the past five years, a number of our lab facilities have been renovated. Several of these facilities are identified below.
Research and Teaching Laboratories
The Biological and Agricultural Engineering department hosts a number of additional facilities.
A wide variety of computer-based instruments and sensors are available including accelerometers, LVDTs, force transducers, temperature sensors, colorimeters and visible and near infrared spectrophotometers in the Bioinstrumentation Lab.
The Biological Materials Properties Lab is equipped with a computer-controlled universal testing machine, two spectrophotometers, and a Tristimululs colorimeter.
The recently constructed Bioprocess Engineering Lab is used for research in biotechnology, bioconversion processes, and microbial ecology.
Our Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, managed by a staff research associate, includes the following instruments: UV, VIS, NIR spectrophotometers; gas and high performance liquid chromatographs; bomb calorimeter; colorimeter; fluorimeter; and numerous specialized analytical apparatus. Additionally, there are specialized satellite analytical labs in seven of our topical research labs.
Our department manages two Computer Laboratories that are equipped with numerous PCs, Macs, and UNIX workstations. High-volume black and white and color laser printers are networked for all systems in the department.
In 1998, our department worked with campus administration in developing a new GIS Visualization Lab. This lab, which houses 30 Silicon Graphics workstations with 20 inch displays, serves our programs in geographic information systems and precision agriculture. Our computing needs are supported by a full-time computer resource specialist.
Our Engineering Design & Development Services is equipped to support the department's diverse research and includes computer-controlled machining equipment. It is comprised of four adjoining facilities: machine shop, metal fabrication shop, wood and plastics fabrication shop, and microprocessor development lab. Four full time mechanicians and two full time development engineers are available to assist students with their various research needs. While mechanicians provide oversight to students, graduate students are allowed to work independently on projects in the shop, once they have been fully trained and tested.
Of particular interest to our aquaculture and forest engineers are Bodega Marine Laboratory and Blodgett Forest. The 320 acre marine reserve is located near Bodega Bay, about 100 miles from Davis. Blodgett Forest is a 3,000 acre reserve located about 70 miles from Davis on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Both facilities are affiliated with the department, but not run by the department. All university field stations have dormitory accommodations, laboratory facilities, and permanent staff.