Faculty

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.

Bryan Jenkins wins prestigious ASABE leadership award

March 02, 2020

Biological and agricultural engineering (BAE) distinguished professor and department chair Bryan Jenkins was named the recipient of the 2020 James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

Mason Earles: Algorithms and Agriculture

February 12, 2020

As the climate changes, farmers need new, high-tech tools to precisely measure resource use and predict yield so they can produce crops with less water, fertilizer and pesticide. New BAE assistant professor Mason Earles is bringing expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) to this new era of agriculture by developing algorithms to help farmers better and more efficiently grow, treat and harvest their crops.

Jennifer Mullin: Teaching Engineering Design

December 09, 2019

Assistant Professor of Teaching Jennifer Mullin has found a home in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE). As the instructor for the College of Engineering’s Introduction to Engineering Design course (ENG 3), she pursues her passion for teaching, creativity and design while researching new methods of instruction to train the next generation of engineers.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Singh invited to join Food and Nutrition Board

August 09, 2019

Distinguished Professor Emeritus R. Paul Singh has been invited to serve on the prestigious Food and Nutrition Board of the Health and Medicine Division, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prof. Singh will provide input related to issues pertaining to food technology and engineering.

Tina Jeoh: Sustaining the planet with bioactives

July 01, 2019

Biological and Agricultural Engineering associate professor Tina Jeoh is an innovative researcher, passionate mentor and an advocate for women in STEM. Since joining the BAE department in 2008, she has been a leader in bioconversion for biofuels and microencapsulation of bioactives—all with an emphasis on scaling for industrial production.