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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.

BAE’s Dr. Zhongli Pan elected as President-Elect for Chinese American Food Society

May 26, 2015

Dr. Zhongli Pan, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis and Research Engineer at USDA-ARS-WRRC, has been elected as the President-Elect for the Chinese American Food Society for 2015/16. Founded in 1975, the Chinese American Food Society serves to engage professionals interested in food science and technology and in Chinese culture and to create venues where the food scientists can share and exchange ideas for the advancement of food science and technology.

Professor Zhongli Pan to serve as center director for the World Food Center-China

May 22, 2015

Officials from the city of Zhuhai, China, and the University of California, Davis, signed a memorandum of understanding on May 26 to establish the World Food Center-China.

The WFC-China will be the central office for coordinating research and training activities in food safety for various Sino-U.S. Joint Research Centers across the country. A facility for the center is being developed in a newly created economic zone in Zhuhai’s Guangdong province, a region known for its technology industry, economic vitality and proximity to Hong Kong.

BAE team Sensozyme named as finalist in 2015 Big Bang! competition

May 21, 2015

Akshata Mudinoor, Maria Cardona, Nardrapee Karuna, Chris Roberts and Scott Strobel are graduate and undergraduate students in the Jeoh Lab, and make up team Sensozyme in this year’s Big Bang! Business competition held by the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.  The team is one of five finalists in the annual competition, which provides a forum for the UC Davis community to collaborate, develop and test business visions and plans.  The winner of the competition receives $10,000.

Nitin lab receives large grant as UC Davis Heads USDA Food Safety Project

April 06, 2015

A collaborative food-safety project headed by UC Davis has been selected for funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The proposal, titled “An Integrated Approach to Eliminate Cross-Contamination During Washing, Conveying, Handling and Packaging of Fresh Produce,” will receive $4.751 million over the course of five years.

Professor David Slaughter named Fellow of ASABE

December 15, 2014

BAE’s Dr. Slaughter has been selected as one of twelve ASABE Fellows for 2015.  This is an honorary status to which members of distinction may not apply but must be elected. This action reflects the high regard he is held by members of the Society. It also recognizes the significant contributions he has made.