Professor Fadi Fathallah Named BAE Department Chair

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering’s new chair will be Professor Fadi Fathallah, whose appointment began July 1. Fathallah, an expert in occupational biomechanics and ergonomics for farmworkers, brings extensive research and leadership experience to the role.

Md Shamim Ahamed: Engineering for Farming Indoors

As the worldwide food demand increases, farmers are looking at new ways to produce more high-quality food in less space. Biological and agricultural engineering assistant professor Md Shamim Ahamed thinks a possible solution lies indoors—in greenhouses, vertical farming and more controlled environments for livestock.

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Tom Rumsey

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.

Isaya Kisekka receives Excellence in Education Award from the Irrigation Association

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

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

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.