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ASABE, SOBE, and BAE-GSA visit the California Agriculture Museum

February 25, 2017

On Saturday February 25th, three student clubs of the BAE Department: the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Student Chapter (ASABE), the Society of Biological Engineers (SOBE), and the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Graduate Student Association (BAE-GSA) teamed up to attend a tour of the California Agriculture Museum in Woodland, CA.

BAE grad student wins 2nd in regional ASABE poster competition

February 24, 2017

Congratulations to Erin Kizer, graduate student in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, who won the second place poster award and a cash prize in the graduate student category poster competition at the ASABE California-Nevada Section meeting in Tulare, CA, on 15 February 2017!

Her winning poster is “Leaf Monitoring System for Continuous Measurement of Plant Water Status to Assist with Irrigation Management of Specialty Crops”.

Prof. Emeritus Bill Chancellor recognized

February 06, 2017

Professor Emeritus William J. Chancellor of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering was presented with a Certificate of Recognition at the inaugural precision agriculture seminar on January 26.  The award was presented for Prof. Chancellor’s “vision, leadership, and life-long contributions to technological advancements in agriculture.”  Presenting the award is Prof. David Slaughter, Director of SmartFarm at UC Davis and faculty in the department who remarked that Prof.

BAE undergraduate attends Harvard’s National Collegiate Research Conference

February 06, 2017

Undergraduate student Umayr Sufi won an invitation to the prestigious National Collegiate Research Conference, whose mission is building an interdisciplinary research community among undergraduate students, and promoting undergraduate research.

The Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA) selected Umayr to attend the 2017 National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) held Thursday January 19 through Saturday January 21, 2017 at Harvard University.

BAE Chair and Professor Bryan Jenkins elected an ASABE Fellow

January 09, 2017

A huge congratulations goes out to Dr. Bryan Jenkins, who was recently selected by the M-131 Fellow committee and elected by the ASABE Board of Trustees to the Grade of ASABE Fellow!

This is an honorary status to which members of distinction of the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers must be elected.  This action reflects the high regard that awardees are held by members of the Society.  It also recognizes the significant contributions they have made to the profession.

Associate Professor Tina Jeoh selected as a Chancellor’s Fellow

November 01, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Tina Jeoh, who has been selected to be a 2016-17 Chancellor’s Fellow!

With this honor, Dr. Jeoh will receive a monetary award to be used in support of her research, teaching and service activities, and will be recognized along with the other Chancellor’s Fellows at a special reception.

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.