Faculty

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Tom Rumsey

April 07, 2021

The UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) mourns the loss of professor emeritus Tom Rumsey. Rumsey is remembered as a world-class researcher, a dedicated teacher and a family man who made his mark on the community through his kind, patient and generous ways.

From an early age, agriculture and UC Davis were formative for Rumsey. He was raised on his family’s walnut farm in Woodland with his twin brother Jim, and their father Richard, a UC Davis alumnus, was known as an “early adopter” by Yolo County farm advisors.

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.

Solving agricultural challenges with engineering and robotics

July 15, 2020
From creating fragile crop harvest-aiding mobile robots (FRAIL-bots) for strawberry harvesting to developing an automated robotic orchard platform designed to optimize fruit pickers’ performance, Stavros Vougioukas is addressing agricultural challenges and making an impact on California agriculture.

Bringing Big Data to the Vineyard

May 27, 2020
Mason Earles, assistant professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, is applying big data by merging agricultural and machine learning to glean information that improves vineyards’ health and yields.

Anaerobic digester featured on Jeopardy!

April 13, 2020

UC Davis and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) were featured on a question from the April 6 episode of Jeopardy’s College Championship. A $600 question under the “E-College-y” category read, “UC Davis converts 50 tons of organic waste into energy daily with a system called an A.D., this non-oxygen type of ‘digester.’”

Zhongli Pan named Institute of Food Technologies fellow

March 16, 2020

Adjunct professor Zhongli Pan has been named a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologies (IFT). IFT fellows are recognized by their peers for “exemplary professionalism in the field of food science,” including scholarship, service, leadership or innovation that helps improve humanity through food science and technology.