Faculty

Gail BornhorstGail Bornhorst, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
3056 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-9329 | gbornhorst@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Quantitative methods to understand material transport, breakdown, and absorption in the gastrointestinal tract to improve food safety and quality, increase consumer health benefits, and optimize food processing operations; methods to utilize food process engineering to optimize food functional properties, such as nutrient absorption or allergenicity; mixing and particle dynamics during peristaltic flow.
Andre DeccacheAndre Daccache, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
3052 Bainer Hall | adaccache@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Water resources management; irrigation engineering; crop and climate change modeling; hydraulic engineering.
Juliana de Moura-BellJuliana de Moura-Bell, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
2212 Robert Mondavi Institute - South | (530) 752-5007 | jdemourabell@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Extraction and fractionation of food components; bioprocessing techniques, enzyme assisted aqueous extractions; fermentation; supercritical and subcritical extractions, value added processing
Irwin Donis-GonzalezIrwin Donis-Gonzalez, Ph.D
Cooperative Extension Specialist
3024 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-8986 | irdonisgon@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Postharvest systems engineering; noninvasive evaluation of product quality; food safety; education and extension for postharvest systems
Zhiliang (Julia) FanZhiliang (Julia) Fan, Ph.D
Associate Professor
3016 Bainer Hall | (530) 754-0317 | jzfan@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Advancing technologies for production of fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. Metabolic engineering and biocatalyst development; fermentation process development and modeling; biological and chemical process design and economic evaluation.
Fadi FathallahFadi Fathallah, Ph.D
Professor
3020 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-1612 | fathallah@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Exposure assessment and development of interventions for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders among agricultural workers; basic understanding of the effects of stooped postures and stooped work on the spine; biomechanics of ladders in agriculture.
Ken D. GilesKen D. Giles, Ph.D
Professor
2030 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-0687 | dkgiles@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Spray applications, including pesticide spraying and industrial spray coatings. Reduction of spray drift and environmental contamination.
Mark GrismerMark Grismer, Ph.D
Professor
209 Veihmeyer Hall | (530) 304-5797 | megrismer@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
My primary research efforts are driven by practical environmental problems facing land and resource managers and discovery of the underlying processes affecting derivation of development of applicable methods or solutions to these problems. My focus remains largely directed at gaining a better understanding of hillslope hydrology, wetland and irrigation/drainage processes in the field.

Tien-Chieh HungTien-Chieh Hung, Ph.D
Assistant Adjunct Professor
3034 Bainer Hall | (209) 830-9803 | thung@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Prof. Hung works in the area of aquacultural engineering including computational fluid dynamics and biomimetic design of particle filtration systems. He also is Director of the Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory at Byron, California and manages the refuge population of the endangered Delta smelt.
Bryan JenkinsBryan Jenkins, Ph.D
Professor and Department Chair
2030 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-5086 | bmjenkins@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Energy systems in agriculture, biomass fuel production, thermal conversion, and environmental impacts; combustion and gasification of biomass fuels; properties of fuels; system models.
Tina JeohTina Jeoh, Ph.D
Associate Professor
2044 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-1020 | tjeoh@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fuels and chemicals. Microencapsulation of bioactives.
Farzaneh KhorsandiFarzaneh Khorsandi, Ph.D
Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist
3038 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-7848 | fkhorsandi@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Ag Safety & Health (Engineering Control), Agricultural Machine Systems (Design and Test), Instrumentation, Finite Element Analysis, Agricultural Mechanization.
Isaya KisekkaIsaya Kisekka, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
119 Veihmeyer Hall | (530) 752-1130 | ikisekka@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Agricultural water management, irrigation engineering; hydrology, crop modeling and decision support; global food security.
Kurt Kornbluth UC Davis BAEKurt Kornbluth, Ph.D
Assistant Adjunct Professor
3050 Bainer Hall | kkorn@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Development of technologies for efficient use of energy in various contexts. Application of innovative technologies to solving problems in developing areas of the world including engineering research as well as social and economic issues related to the needs and uses of energy.
Jennifer MullinJennifer Mullin, Ph.D
LPSOE
3048 Bainer Hall | jsmullin@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
My research focuses on engineering design education with an emphasis on creativity, design thinking and the impact of design experiences on student’s self-concept and development.
Deb Niemeier UC Davis BAENiemeier, Deb
Professor
3127 Engineering III Building | (530) 752-8918 | dniemeier@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Her primary research is on developing highly accurate, accessible processes and emissions modeling and urban models that can be used in the public sector, including the identification and modeling of environmental health disparities and improved understanding of formal and informal governance processes in urban planning. She is interested in emergent properties or characteristics that give rise to inequitable outcomes, particularly those associated with climate change.
Nintin NintinNitin Nitin, Ph.D
Professor and Engineer
3160 Robert Mondavi Institute - North | (530) 752-6208 | nnitin@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Using a combination of interdisciplinary approaches encompassing biomolecular engineering, mathematical modeling, material science and molecular imaging to develop technologies for addressing key issues in areas of food safety and food for health initiatives, and to develop molecular imaging technologies from a single cell level to a whole body imaging.
Ning PanNing Pan, Ph.D
Professor
229 Everson Hall | (530) 752-6232 | npan@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Physics of fibrous soft materials; biophysics and biomechanics in human-textile interactions; heat, mass and energy transport phenomena in porous media, nanotechnology in energy storage; and thermodynamics in heat transfer optimization.
Zhongli PanZhongli Pan, Ph.D
Adjunct Professor
3018 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-4367 | zlpan@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Professor Pan studies infrared heating technology for various food processes, including blanching, peeling, roasting, drying, disinfection and disinfestation. He also uses ultrasonic and pulsed electric field technologies for improving food processing efficiency.
Alireza (Ali) PourrezaAlireza (Ali) Pourreza, Ph.D
Mechanization Engineering Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension
3042 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-9290 | apourreza@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Precision agriculture/horticulture; agricultural mechanization; machine vision; agricultural robotics and automation; big data, hyperspectral/multispectral imaging; remote sensing and GIS.
Herb ScherHerb Scher, Ph.D
Professional Researcher
3037 Bainer Hall | (925) 376-3317 | hbscher@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Protection and controlled release of bioactive ingredients (Cells, enzymes and pharmaceuticals) via W/O emulsions, spray dry matrix particles and solid forms coated by a hybrid spray system.
Mir ShafiiMir Shafii, Ph.D
Continuing Lecturer
3034 Bainer Hall | (530) 754-7905 | sshafii@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Teaching Applied Biological Systems Technology (ABT) courses at Western Center for Agricultural Equipment (WCAE).
David SlaughterDavid Slaughter, Ph.D
Professor
3042 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-5553 | dcslaughter@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Instrumentation and postharvest engineering for biological materials; packaging, handling, storage and transportation of agricultural commodities; nondestructive measurement of the quality and composition of biological materials; robotics, control and vision systems.
Shrini UpadhyayaShrini Upadhyaya, Ph.D
Professor
3036 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-8770 | skupadhyaya@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Precision agriculture or SSCM, Sensor development, Instrumentation, Machinery design, Variability and mapping, GIS, Mathematical Modeling of biological and physical processes, Soil dynamics, Tillage, Traction, Soil compaction, and Infiltration and irrigation management.
Jean VanderGheynstJean VanderGheynst, Ph.D
Dean of the College of Engineering and Adjunct Professor
3040 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-0989 | jsvander@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Dr. VanderGheynst’s research addresses problems that involve the transformation, decomposition and conversion of plant biomass to products. Plants include dedicated crops and algae, food processing residues and urban and agricultural wastes.
Stavros VougioukasStavros Vougioukas, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
3054 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-1890 | svougioukas@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Professor Vougioukas works in the area of mechanization and automation of specialty crops, focusing on the design, development, and testing of actuators, sensors and control systems for optimal management of inputs and products.
Zhang RuihongRuihong Zhang, Ph.D
Professor
3046 Bainer Hall | (530) 754-9530 | rhzhang@ucdavis.edu | Faculty Website
Bioenvironmental engineering. Treatment of agricultural and food wastes for pollution prevention and resource utilization; air quality control for animal and human environments; study of biological, physical, and chemical processing techniques for organic waste conversion and nutrient management; control of gaseous and particulate emissions from animal feedlots and food processing facilities.