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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.

D. Ken Giles Honored as Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors

December 11, 2018

D. Ken Giles, professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, has been recognized as a Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

The NAI Fellows Program was founded to honor inventors from around the world who have made a significant and tangible impact on "quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."

Matthew Paddock Discusses Treating Wastewater with Microalgae

December 07, 2018

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis wrapped up its Fall Quarter Seminar Series with a presentation by current master’s candidate, Matthew Paddock. After a brief introduction by the Dean of the College of Engineering at UMass Dartmouth and BAE adjunct faculty member, Dr. Jean VanderGheynst, Matthew discussed research he recently conducted on treating wastewater with microalgae.

Ferisca Putri Presents Research on Improving Soilless Plant Growth

December 06, 2018

Vital as it may seem, soil as we know it is not necessarily required to grow a plant. In fact, there are a number of benefits–such as resource and water management–to growing plants in substrate rather than traditional soil. However, the use of soilless techniques is still developing and research is ongoing.

Nicholas Bowden Discusses Bringing Solar Power to Rural Rwanda

November 21, 2018
Nicholas Bowden, a UC Davis Ph.D candidate currently working in the Energy and Graduate Group, presented his recent work on the Rural Rwanda Solar System Initiative. Working in conjunction with others, Nicholas hopes to help bring energy to rural Rwandans that currently do not have access.

Team Cenozoic Brings Home Gold for UC Davis at iGEM

November 21, 2018
The 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition results are in and Cenozoic, a team made up of members from the departments of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Molecular and Cellular Biology, was one of only seven undergraduate teams in the United States to win a gold medal. In addition, the team won "Best Measurement" award and were nominated for "Best Presentation" in the undergraduate division.