Professor David Slaughter Receives Prestigious Cyrus Hall McCormick-Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal

July 10, 2019
Since 1932, the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers (ASABE) has selected one recipient, if any, for the Cyrus Hall McCormick-Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal. The medal is awarded to those who show "exceptional and meritorious achievement in agriculture that has resulted in new concepts, products, processes or methods that advanced the development of agriculture.” This year's medal has been awarded to Biological and Agricultural Engineering Professor David Slaughter.

Ph.D. student Chang Chen honored in Graduate Student Paper Competition

October 23, 2020

By Noah Pflueger-Peters and Chang Chen

Biological systems engineering Ph.D. student Chang Chen was honored for his research at this year’s American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting. His paper, “Energy and quality analyses of off-ground harvested almonds under hot air column drying” received third place in the Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineers’ (AOCABFE, also known as AOC) Graduate Paper Competition Award.

Student Spotlight: Ismael Mayanja

October 22, 2020

Biological systems engineering M.S. student Ismael Mayanja is a problem solver. Inspired by the need to help farmers in his home country of Uganda, Mayanja is refining his skills as a postharvest engineer at UC Davis to design machines that help reduce crop loss after harvest and improve food production systems around the world.

Between farm and fork

October 06, 2020

Though many restaurants and markets pride themselves on serving “farm to fork” food, what happens between those steps is one of the most important part of the food production process. With improper handling and storage, food can start to rot or grow mold, which makes it unusable and unsafe for consumers.

Precision Agriculture: Genetic Research Aids in Food Production

September 03, 2020
Vivian Vuong’s ’17, Ph.D. ’21, drive to study agricultural engineering stemmed from her undergraduate research with Biological and Agricultural Engineering Professor and Smart Farm Big Idea Champion David Slaughter. Today she’s working on gathering genetic data on plants to increase yield in the field – a method that can improve food access and the environment.

UC Davis sweeps 2020 IFT food engineering poster competition

August 27, 2020

UC Davis graduate students made their presence known at this year’s Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Engineering Division graduate student poster competition, taking home all three top spots.

UC Davis to Lead New Artificial Intelligence Institute for Next-Generation Food Systems

August 26, 2020

The University of California, Davis, has been awarded $20 million as part of a multi-institutional collaboration to establish an institute focused on enabling the next-generation food system through the integration of artificial intelligence, or AI, technologies. The award is part of a larger investment announced today (Aug. 26) by the National Science Foundation, or NSF, in partnership with several federal agencies — distributing a total of $140 million to fund seven complementary AI research institutes across the nation.

UC Davis startup uses larva to feed animals, reduce waste

August 21, 2020

A new startup out of the UC Davis biological and agricultural engineering (BAE) department has developed an award-winning system that uses insect larvae to produce animal feed with less land and a smaller carbon footprint. Fresh off success in UC Berkeley’s 2020 Big Ideas competition and UC Davis’ 2019 Big Bang! Business Competition, BioMilitus is poised to use their lab-based research to make the planet more sustainable.

Isaya Kisekka receives Excellence in Education Award from the Irrigation Association

July 21, 2020

Associate professor Isaya Kisekka has received the 2020 Irrigation Association (IA) Excellence in Education Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding educators in irrigation, water management and water conservation. Kisekka was cited for being “instrumental in reviving the irrigation curriculum at UC Davis” by co-developing three new irrigation courses and helping create the Irrigation and Water Management minor.