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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.

Running a Company and Building Agricultural and Industrial Equipment with Mr. Paul F. Burkner

March 01, 2019

"We slept a lot of nights in the back of a pick-up truck waiting for the harvester to break down," Mr. Paul F. Burkner said with a smile during his recent seminar for the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering's Winter Seminar Series. In 1979, during those early days of Agricultural Industrial Manufacturing Incorporated (AIM, Inc.), it wasn't too difficult to find Mr. Burkner and his business partner Claude E. Brown, if you knew the color of his truck and which vineyard was harvesting.

The Changing Agricultural Landscape in Peru

February 21, 2019

Over the past ten years, Peruvian agriculture has transformed. The industry has blossomed an, approximately, $2 billion industry in 2007 to over $7 billion in 2018.

According to Manuel Lopez Ortiz, the Director of the Master's degree program in agribusiness and Ph.D candidate at the University of Piura, Peru, this dramatic increase is due to a number of strategies that have been implemented in the last decade.

Dr. Angelos Deltsidis Takes a Global Perspective on Postharvest Losses and Food Waste

February 19, 2019

People in the United States and Europe lose and waste about as much food as the entire food production of Sub-Saharan Africa. Are the people in developing countries simply better at food handling and consumption than those in developed countries? Why is it, then, that smallholder farmers, especially those in developing countries, around the world suffer from food insecurity? How can we reduce some of the 1,300,000,000 tons of food lost or wasted global per year?

Incorporating SmartAg Certification with Dr. Tom Burks

February 07, 2019

Words like SmartAg, Precision Agriculture, and Digital Agriculture are quickly becoming everyday parts of Biological and Agricultural Engineering programs around the nation. To meet the food insecurities and sustainability challenges of tomorrow, it is increasingly necessary to ensure students at the university level are being well prepared in SmartAg.

Making Ag Your Business with Don Osias

January 31, 2019

"Good design and good engineering need each other," mentioned Don Osias during the latest Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department's Winter Quarter Seminar Series. As he spoke, it became clear that the good design Don spoke of extended beyond the products he built and into Applied Instrumentation, the agricultural products business he created.

Professor Nitin Discusses Using Ideas Inspired by Nature to Enhance Food Quality and Safety

January 23, 2019

There are clues about how to preserve food and keep it safe that based on nature inspired approaches if we look hard enough for them. Professor Nitin, in the latest in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Winter Quarter Seminar Series, discussed this topic and how he has applied it in his work.

Professor Nitin started off with a carrot. A simple food that leaves questions unanswered when one takes the time to look more closely at it.

BAE Alumna Jennifer Payne‐Strimaitis Talks About Her Career Post Graduation

January 10, 2019

Transitioning from college life to a career is rarely the easiest move to make in life. After graduation there is a world of possibilities, but often times there are few roads to walk down and almost never any doors held open. It is something all graduates eventually have to go through and during the Winter Quarter Seminar Series’ first event, Jennifer Payne‐Strimaitis, discussed how she built the road to her career.