Students

Alice Dien Hits it Out of the Park, Advances to UC Grad Slam Finals with Revolutionary Drying Research

Biological Systems Engineering Ph.D. student Alice Dien won first place at UC Davis Grad Slam on April 6. Her winning research presentation “Cooling Down with the New Hot Air: The Future of Drying in Agriculture” earned her a $2,500 prize, and she will be competing for the top prize at the University of California Grad Slam Finals against winners from the other nine UC campuses on Friday, May 6.

A Dry Idea to Save Energy and Preserve Food

Have you ever stopped to think about how much energy it takes to dry the coffee beans in your coffee? Or the corn in the tortilla chip you’re crunching? Or the rice in your sushi roll? Probably not — you might lose your appetite. Biological Systems Engineering Ph.D. student Alice Dien has thought about it a lot and come up with an intriguing solution: Desiccation.

Ph.D. students Chang Chen and Ke Wang recognized in graduate paper competition

UC Davis biological systems engineers Chang Chen and Ke Wang placed first and third, respectively, in the 2021 graduate student paper competition hosted by the Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineers (AOCABFE, also known as AOC). The competition is held every year at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual Meeting.

Kathryn Tarver: Machining for a Better World

Growing up, Kathryn Tarver would have never believed she would one day be an engineer. Now, she is graduating with a B.S. in biological systems engineering, having become a dedicated machinist and problem-solver.

Student Spotlight: Wayne Low Kum

When Wayne Low Kum graduates this spring with a B.S. in biological systems engineering and a minor in psychology, it will mark the end of a journey over 20 years in the making. Wayne started at UC Davis as a first-year student in the late 1990s, but returned to school in 2020 to finish his degree after dropping out his senior year.

“It’s never too late to learn or to go back to school, and when an opportunity like this presents itself, you can’t be scared,” he said. “There’s no shame in learning.”

Graduate students Achala Rao and Yike Chen named 2020-21 Business Development Fellows

Biological and agricultural engineering (BAE) graduate students Achala Rao and Yike Chen were selected to the 2020-21 class of Business Development Fellows by the UC Davis Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As fellows, Rao and Chen are part of a diverse, interdisciplinary group of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from across UC Davis who will spend the 2020-21 school year developing the commercial potential of their research.

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

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.