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Student Spotlight: Tyler Barzee

June 12, 2019

Tyler Barzee, a Ph.D. candidate in Biological Systems Engineering, is one of the BAE department’s highly active graduate students, skillfully balancing his education, research, hobbies and involvement in the campus community.

BAE team wins several awards in Big Bang! competition

May 28, 2019

Congratulations to Biomilitus, a team comprised of BAE grad students, a BAE researcher, and a Department of Entomology grad student student, for winning big in the UCDavis Big Bang! Business Competition.  The team won six awards at the competition, including the People’s Choice Award, $7,500; the Central Valley Innovation Award, $10,000; the Food, Ag + Health Innovation Award, $3,000; two prizes totaling $1,500 in a Little Bang!

BAE Ph.D. candidate Jennifer Nill wins SIMB poster competition

May 23, 2019

By Noah Pflueger-Peters

Chemical and Biological Engineering Ph.D. candidate Jennifer Nill won the 2019 student poster competition at the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB)’s Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC) for her poster, “A multi-scale study to elucidate the role of cellulose physiochemical properties in productive binding of cellulases.”

BAE Exhibit Wins New Frontiers in Innovation Award

April 24, 2019
Each year, departments have a chance to win awards for the floats and exhibits they present for Picnic Day. This year, the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering received an exhibit award for New Frontiers in Innovation.

Picnic Day 2019 Filled With Fun and Collaboration

April 17, 2019

UC Davis and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering celebrated another successful Picnic Day on Saturday, April 13th. The theme of this year's float was the adventure that comes along with being a biological and agricultural engineer:

UC Davis Give Day SmartFarm Challenge

April 11, 2019

UC Davis Give Day begins on April 12th at 12 p.m. and runs through Picnic Day, April 13th, ending at 5 p.m. This year's Give Day features a challenge for the SmartFarm Initiative. The challenge is a great opportunity to help support exciting new agricultural solutions.  To make your contribution, go to UC Davis Give Day and look for the SmartFarm Initiative.

Flying Drones Over Hines Nursery

April 08, 2019
On Tuesday, April 3rd, a small group of researchers met at Hines Nursery in Winters, CA to fly drones. But, these were not just any drones. These drones are equipped with thermal and multi spectral cameras.

UC Davis Squares off Against Other UCs In The Cool Campus Challenge

April 04, 2019

The 2019 Cool Campus Challenge, which runs from April 1st to April 26th, is a friendly competition between all of the UC campuses to see which campus will be crowned the "Coolest UC Campus." The competition is a way to address the impact of climate change and an opportunity to help make the University carbon neutral by 2025.

Ph.D Candidate Yi Shen Discusses IR Peeling of Pears in Exit Seminar

March 20, 2019
2045 Bainer Hall was full of current biological and agricultural engineering graduate students and faculty on Wednesday, March 20th who gathered to listen to Yi Shen present the research he has been conducting as a Ph.D candidate. Shen began his studies in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in 2013 under the guidance of Dr. Zhongli Pan.

Gabriel Youtsey Discusses Industry 4.0 in BAE Winter Quarter Seminar Finale

March 14, 2019
Bridging the gap between agriculture and technology is nearing a crucial tipping point. The world, by and large, is becoming more connected, autonomous, and data driven. Unfortunately, growth in these areas as they apply to agriculture has not kept pace with other sectors.

Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis talks about AI applications in Agriculture

March 07, 2019

During his recent seminar, Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis brought up some compelling arguments. According to Ampatzidis, the first agricultural revolution came with mechanization. The second revolution brought agrochemicals such as fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides. The third ushered in genomics and genetic modification. And the fourth, the introduction and incorporation of smart agriculture, digital farming, internet of things, robotics, and artificial intelligence is just beginning.