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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.

Student Spotlight: Wayne Low Kum

March 24, 2021

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.”

Alumni Spotlight: Kia Canning ‘20

February 11, 2021

Kia Canning graduated with a degree in biological systems engineering in spring 2020 and has already become an important part of the one of the next big things in agriculture.

Graduate Student Assistantship in the Safe Ag Lab

February 04, 2021
Work in the Safe Ag Lab at UC Davis

The University of California, Davis is seeking a graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) student to research in the Safe Ag Lab. The primary project focus will be on the agricultural vehicle tracking and rollover detection device.

Keeping Youth Safe on Agricultural ATVs

January 19, 2021

Researchers in the department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) are working to make agriculture safer for children. With a new five-year project funded through the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS), assistant cooperative extension specialist Farzaneh Khorsandi and professor Fadi Fathallah will study all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety to prevent childhood injury.

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

November 19, 2020

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.

Graduate Applications Now Open!

November 12, 2020

Apply by January 15th, 2021, for full consideration. GRE waived through June 1st, 2021. Equity fee waivers available. Full information HERE

UC Davis engineers fight food insecurity through sustainable agriculture

November 09, 2020
As the world’s population is expected to reach 9–10 billion by 2050 according to the U.N., the world must double food production to meet demand while using and reusing the resources we have left in a sustainable manner. Ruihong Zhang and Isaya Kisekka at UC Davis are rising to meet the challenge by finding new ways to sustainably produce food, while conserving resources by using microbes to produce new sources of protein and managing and irrigating crops with pinpoint precision.

Study on robotic weed control wins outstanding paper award

October 26, 2020

A 2019 paper from the UC Davis Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department recently received the European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng) Outstanding Paper Award. The award is given every other year by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) to two to three standout papers published in the Biosystems Engineering journal.

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

October 23, 2020
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.