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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!

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.