Spring Landscape Irrigation Short Courses offered

A series of landscape irrigation short courses for licensed irrigation professionals will be held February through May with stops in College Station, Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. Licensed landscape irrigators are required to have 24 hours of continued education every three years to renew their licenses, while licensed irrigation technicians need 16 hours every two years, said Charles Swanson, short course instructor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist in College Station. “Our classes cover a range of landscape irrigation topics,” Swanson said. “They benefit both… Read More →

Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M Offer Joint USDA Water Quality Fellowship Program Summer 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the five-week Water Quality Fellowship Summer Program jointly directed by Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU).  This program sponsored by the USDA-NIFA Research and Extension Experiences for Undergrads (REEU) will be offered during Summer Session I at TAMU (June 1 – June 30, 2017).  Benefits of the program include 3-hours of course credit, undergraduate research experience in water quality, a $2,500 stipend, housing at Texas A&M University during the program, a meal allowance of $150 per week, internship… Read More →

Green infrastructure, low-impact development focus of Feb. 2 workshop in Dallas

A Green Infrastructure/Low-Impact Development Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 2 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road in Dallas. The workshop is sponsored by the Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Nikki Dictson, AgriLife Extension program specialist with the institute, said the workshop will address the design, installation and benefits of low-impact development, or LID, in urban areas. It will also include a tour of LID structures at the Dallas center,… Read More →

Alumni Spotlight: Jerald Huggins

Jerald Huggins received his BS from the department in 1997. He currently owns and operates the two bustling and delightfully efficient Chick-Fil-A locations in the city of College Station. What degrees have you obtained from Texas A&M University? I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Systems Management in 1997. What drew you to A&M? My brother attended Texas A&M and graduated in 1992 with an Agricultural Development Degree. I visited a few times and fell in love with the atmosphere. Additionally, I grew up in a… Read More →

Faculty Spotlight: Colonel Russell McGee

Colonel McGee came to Texas A&M as a young Texas farm boy who wanted an affordable education with a family atmosphere. Life took Colonel McGee around the globe but like so many other Aggies, College Station called him home to Aggieland. What degrees do you have and where were they obtained? B.S. Agricultural Engineering, TAMU, 1985 M.E. Agricultural Engineering, TAMU, 1997 Master of Military Studies, Marine Corps University, Quantico VA, 1999. What drew you to Texas A&M University? I attended Texas A&M as an undergraduate from 1981 to… Read More →

Adjunct Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Robert De Otte

Dr. Robert DeOtte is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) and an adjunct faculty member of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. He has collaborated his research efforts with other members of the department including Drs. John Sweeten, Brent Auvermann, and Ken Casey. In 2010 Drs. DeOtte, Auvermann, and Casey received a $470,000 NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant directed at air quality research.  Dr. DeOtte coupled the particle imaging velocimeter (PIV) and associated instrumentation with his dispersion… Read More →

Auvermann selected to take leadership of Texas A&M AgriLife center in Amarillo

Dr. Brent Auvermann has been selected as the new center director at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, following the retirement of longtime director Dr. John Sweeten. Auvermann is a professor in Texas A&M University’s department of biological and agricultural engineering, with a dual-appointment in both the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. He will begin his new duties Feb. 1. “Dr. Auvermann is recognized by his colleagues, commodity leaders, state and federal agencies, and livestock producers for his subject… Read More →

Sweeten to retire after 45 years of service to Texas A&M

Dr. John Sweeten, center director at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo for the past 21 years, will hang up the many different caps he wears, retiring after 45 years of service to the Texas A&M University System. In addition to his Amarillo duties, Sweeten was tasked with leading the AgriLife center in Vernon in 2008, at which time he began developing joint or complementing programs between the two centers. He also had a joint appointment with West Texas A&M University in Canyon for… Read More →

Nanotechnology Paving the Way for Food Safety

Dr. Carmen Gomes is a gifted faculty member here at Texas A&M University’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering department. She is an associate professor and her research applies nanotechnology to improve food safety. Dr. Gomes started her journey at Texas A&M as an undergraduate visiting scholar from Brazil through a Fulbright fellowship and had the opportunity to work under Dr. Rosana Moreira in her food processing laboratory. After her fellowship ended and Dr. Gomes returned to Brazil to finish her degree in Food Engineering, Dr. Moreira, Professor of Biological… Read More →

Texas 4-H Youth Water Ambassadors Program Coming Soon

Biological and Agricultural Engineering Extension Program Specialist, David Smith, specializes in water resources and conservation while leading programs involved with 4-H and youth water education. Though he is no stranger to the BAEN department, he was only recently appointed to his youth development and 4-H position in April. Currently, he is starting an annual Texas 4-H Youth Water Ambassadors Program as part of a new 4-H initiative. It strives to target students between the 9th and 11th grade to encourage their interest in the water industry. The program… Read More →