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Phenotyping Robot

March 16, 2016

Article Author is Andrea Thompson

Robotic In-field Phenotyping for 3D Reconstruction of Plant Architecture

While the genomes of many plant species important to the food supply have now been sequenced our ability to translate those advances in understanding into rapid advancement in crop cultivars is dramatically inhibited by manual methods of functionally linking plant response with environmental and genotype interactions.

Dr. Ruihong Zhang featured on

March 04, 2016

Professor Zhang’s work was featured on CNBC in an March 3 article titled “We chuck out 31% of our food supply: How to stop the waste”.

After explaining the problem of food waste in our country, the article moved onto solutions, one of which was the biodigester that Dr. Zhang invented.

Read the article here.

BAE teams win poster competition at CA/NV ASABE meeting

February 10, 2016

The ASABE California-Nevada Section meeting on February 10 in Tulare attracted a good turnout.

Congratulations to the graduate student teams and their advisors for their winning entries in the poster competition.  First and second prizes in the graduate poster category were awarded to:

Professor Emeritus Paul Singh awarded honorary degree from University of Guelph

January 31, 2016

The Senate of the University of Guelph approved a recommendation that Dr. Singh be awarded degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

In his award letter, they explained that this degree is awarded in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research in agricultural and food science, and his global dissemination of food processing knowledge and technologies.  It went on to say that his leadership and innovative approaches to sharing have significantly advanced the field of food science and technology around the world.

Congratulations to Dr. Singh!

BSE graduate Josh Goldschmid honored by SAE International

January 15, 2016

Congratulations to former undergrad Josh Goldschmid, who’s now a PhD candidate at Missouri University of Science and Technology.  He was honored with the Steven M. Atkins Ability and Achievement in Science, Engineering, and Technology (AASET) Award during the SAE International AeroTech Engineering Congress held recently in Seattle.

Read more about Josh’s award here.

BAE welcomes new CE Specialst, Dr. Irwin Donis-Gonzalez

December 15, 2015

Dr. Irwin Donis-González’s passion for agriculture and postharvest technologies began 10 years ago in his native Guatemala, working as an independent agro consultant upon earning his Bachelor’s and Licentiate degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Del Valle University of Guatemala.

Professor Zhongli Pan’s walnut drying system featured on the Energy Commission blog

December 01, 2015

Drs. Zhongli Pan and Ruihong Zhang along their team members of Drs. Chandraseker Venkitasamy, Ragab Khir and Hamed E Elmashad received a $1.1 million Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER) grant to work on a new commercial walnut drying system that could save growers as much as 50 percent in energy costs.

Read all about it in the full article on the California Energy Commission’s blog.

BAE undergrad receiving press for work on mobile chicken coop

November 19, 2015

BAE undergraduate Mitchell McCarthy is making news!  He was recently on the cover of the Sacramento Bee, and is featured in a UC Davis video.

McCarthy is involved in work on a mobile chicken coop, to transport pasture-raised chickens to various farms where they can be of use.  The project is a collaboration between several departments, and is led by Deb Niemeier of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Maurice Pitesky of Veterinary Medicine, and our own Jean VanderGheynst of BAE.

BAE visited by Dean and faculty from the Agrotechnical University of Kazakhstan

November 09, 2015

On November 9th, Engineering Dean, Dr. Sayakhat Nukeshev, along with seven faculty members from Agrotechnical University of Kazakhstan (KATU) visited our department as a part of ongoing collaboration between UC Davis and KATU. Former Dean, Neal Van Alfen, is the liaison for the agreement of Cooperation between UC Davis and KATU.

Professor David Slaughter named ASABE Fellow

July 28, 2015

At the annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in July, Dr. David Slaughter was named a Fellow of the organization for his outstanding contributions to agricultural automation and development of sensing technologies for agricultural product quality and precision agriculture.

ASABE awards Cyrus Hall McCormick Jerome Case Gold Medal to Prof. Ken Giles

July 01, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Giles on this prestigious award!  Read the following details from ASABE’s website.

Durham Ken Giles, ASABE Fellow, is the recipient of the 2015 Cyrus Hall McCormick Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal Award for his insightful research, creative design and implementation of agricultural chemical application equipment for improving the environmental aspects of agriculture.

Dr. Jean VanderGheynst appointed interim dean of the College of Engineering

June 09, 2015
On June 9th Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi announced the appointment of Professor Jean VanderGheynst as interim dean for the College of Engineering, effective July 1. VanderGheynst served as the associate dean for Undergraduate Studies from 2009 to 2013, and since then has been the associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies. VanderGheynst replaces outgoing dean Enrique Lavernia on the day he becomes provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Irvine. She will serve until a permanent dean takes up the post. Finalists for the permanent position recently visited campus and the recruitment process is ongoing.