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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.

Jerome Carman Talks About California’s Forests

November 21, 2018
Jerome Carman, Senior Research Engineer for the Schatz Energy Research Center, discussed the research and methodologies the California Biopower Impact (CBI) Project is taking to contribute to the solution.

BAE Student Becomes University Innovation Fellow Building Programs and Promoting Collaboration

November 07, 2018

By Staff Contributor

Lisa Illes, fourth-year Biological Systems Engineering major, is working with Michaela Poblete (Computer Science), Julia Morris (Science and Technology Studies), and Livia Morris (Science and Technology Studies /Cognitive Science) as University Innovation Fellows. They have been working with the Office of the Provost and several departments on campus to build programs promoting interdisciplinary and industry collaborations on campus.

Three-Day Joint Workshop with the Technical University of Munich, UC San Diego, and UC Davis

October 18, 2018

The Biological and Agricultural Engineering department at UC Davis welcomed guests from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and UC San Diego during a two day workshop October 16th-17th made possible by funding from the Global Incentive Fund (GIF).  The joint workshop was an opportunity to learn more about the current trends in gasification, biofuels, and synthesis gas (syngas).

Kelley Drechsler Receives ASABE Poster Award

October 10, 2018

Graduate student Kelley Drechsler was awarded a $250 prize for her poster and presentation at the ASABE's annual international meeting. This year's meeting was held in Detroit, Michigan, July 29th through August 1st. Kelley took 7th place with her poster, “A Comprehensive Stress Indicator for Evaluating Plant Water Status in Almond Trees to Aid in Irrigation Scheduling,”  in the National Resources & Environmental Systems (NRES) community.

Recent Graduate Spotlight: Lauren Jabusch

October 01, 2018

By BAE Staff

Lauren Jabusch has been passionate about sustainability and outreach since her early days as a freshman at UC Davis. Nearly a decade later, she has earned a bachelor’s, master’s and, most recently, a doctoral degree in biosystems engineering, all from the UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

Innovative Infrared R&D team wins IFT award

September 24, 2018

By Staff Contributor

The Innovative Infrared Research and Development Team is the recipient of the 2018 Research and Development Award for its contributions and accomplishments in innovative research and development and commercial implementation of sustainable infrared heating technologies for improved food healthfulness, quality, and safety while saving energy and water during food processing. The research team comprises Zhongli Pan, Tara H. McHugh, Chandrasekar Venkitasamy, Ragab Gebreil, and Hamed M. El-Mashad.