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BAE Assistant Professor Gail Bornhorst featured in UC Davis News

October 08, 2016

Dr. Bornhorst is featured on our university’s news website, in a story called “New Machine Simulates Human Digestion to Improve Nutrition”.  The story focuses on her creation of a machine that might help people make better decisions about when to eat, what to eat and how to prepare food to meet their own personal nutritional needs.

See the full article on the UC Davis News website, and congratulations to Dr. Bornhorst!

BAE’s Erin Kizer wins outstanding graduate student award from ISPA

September 15, 2016

The International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA)  recently awarded Erin Kizer with the Outstanding Graduate Award.

Erin, a grad student in Professor Shrini Upadhyaya’s lab, studied biomedical engineering at UC San Diego.  She says, “I realized my passion for exploring the intricacies of life were rooted in my love of nature … My focus of study is now on precision irrigation management. I’m hoping to contribute to helping solve a growing dilemma the world is facing, which is how to optimize the world’s water resources in both sustainable and cost-effective ways.”

Dr. Shrini Upadhyaya’s research publicized

September 15, 2016

Professor Upadhyaya’s water stress sensor for vineyards and orchards recently garnered attention from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, as well as the Davis Enterprise and  The sensor attaches to a single leaf to measure temperature, light, wind and humidity to help optimize plant irrigation.

UC Davis students win poster competition at ASABE

September 01, 2016

Two BAE students won top honors at the ASABE Annual International Meeting with undergraduate poster awards: Vivian Vuong won first place and Matthew Paddock won third place. Vuong was advised by Prof. David Slaughter and Paddock was advised by Professor Jean VanderGheynst and Dr. Brendan Higgins.

The posters present an engineering project useful to agriculture and related areas and the awards include a cash prize.  Congratulations to Vivian and Matthew for their outstanding achievements!

BAE Faculty win EurAgEng Outstanding Paper award

August 15, 2016

Congratulations to professors David Slaughter and Fadi Fatallah, whose paper “Co-robotic intra-row weed control system” has won the Biosystems Engineering Outstanding Paper Adward. This was presented at the EurAgEng Assembly yesterday in Aahrus University (Denmark).

The paper was co-authored by Manuel Pérez-Ruíza, David C. Slaughter, Fadi A. Fathallah, Chris J. Gliever and Brandon J. Miller.  It  appeared in Biosystems Engineering, Vllume 126, October 2014.


Galen Tigan wins the First Quarter 2016 Safety Star

August 01, 2016

Galen Tigan is a Staff Research Associate and the Safety Coordinator for the Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory (FCCL) in Byron, CA. The FCCL is a satellite research lab that is working to save the endangered Delta Smelt. Galen’s efforts to prepare the facility and staff for the Annual Comprehensive Lab Safety Review and the IACUC inspections have yielded outstanding results. He is a member of the BAE Safety Committee, and attends the monthly meetings via teleconference.

BAE postdoc wins UCD Award for Postdoctoral Research Excellence

July 30, 2016

Congratulations to Bipin Kumar, a postdoc in Professor Ning Pan’s lab, who won the UCD Award for Postdoctoral Research Excellence 2015-2016!

Dr. Bipin Kumar (R), is a Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellow and started working in Dr. Pan’s group in September of 2014.  His research focuses on biomedical applications of memory polymers.

Department members attend the 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting in Orlando, Florida

July 15, 2016

Members from the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering attended the 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting in Orlando, Florida during July, making technical presentations on new research findings, participating in society committee meetings and other society functions, and engaging in collaborative activities with other ASABE members from around the world.

BAE student’s Big Bang project places in top 5

May 27, 2016

Congratulations to Sanliang Zhang, who’s project, Super Lithium Technology, placed in the top 5 of 42 entries.  In addition, the project won the Clean Tech Award!

Sanliang worked on the project with Colin Lewis, a Fiber and Polymer Science major.  Dr. Ning Pan was the faculty leader for the project.

Marianne Scokzek wrote the following about it for the UC Davis News website:

Slaughter lab postdoc wins Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research

May 25, 2016

Thuy Tuong Nguyen, a postdoc in Professor David Slaughter’s lab, won the Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research, presented by the department of Graduate Studies. This award is offered to recognize the vital role that Postdoctoral Scholars play in maintaining the reputation of excellent research at the University of California, Davis.

Assistant Professor Gail Bornhorst awarded fellowship for mentoring

April 27, 2016

Dr. Gail Bornhorst was one of five 2015-16 Mentoring at Critical Transitions Fellowship awardees, which are presented by the School of Graduate Studies.  Her project, titled Enhancing teaching and presentation skills using microteaching principles, and her graduate student mentees, Yamile Mennah, Sarah O’Meara and Krista Drechsler, are featured on the graduate school webpage.

Congratulations to Dr. Borhorst!