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Aggies Honor Beloved Professor, the late Dr. Brock Faulkner

Dr. William “Brock” Faulkner was a great friend and mentor to many within the department [Biological and Agricultural Engineering] and to faculty and students across campus. After a long battle with leukemia, Dr. Faulkner passed away in the spring of 2016. While Dr. Faulkner has left those around him, he is kept alive in the loving memories of those whose lives he touched. To honor Dr. Faulkner in a long-lasting tangible way, a memorial rose garden was proposed by Dr. Maria King from the BAEN faculty. The garden… Read More →

Academy of Distinguished Graduates Nominations Needed

Do you know a classmate or other department graduate who has achieved great things in their career? If so, nominate them for induction into the BAEN Academy of Distinguished Graduates. Qualifications for induction: -Demonstrates record of significant achievements in chosen profession -Contributions that have had an effect on or made a contribution to her or his profession or discipline -Received professional or community recognition for their contributions -Contributions typify and personify mission of Texas A&M and BAEN department -Inspires young alumni, peers, and students in the pursuit of… Read More →

Aggie Pullers Looking to Win Annual Competition and Sponsors

The Aggie Pullers is a hands-on student organization that is dedicated to designing, managing and presenting a quarter-scale tractor each year. Students from all majors are welcome to join Aggie Pullers. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) sponsors the International ¼ Scale Tractor Design Competition. This international contest is at the end of May each year in Peoria, Ill. There are teams from the U.S., Canada and occasionally from as far away as Israel. The competition is based on judging of an extensive written report,… Read More →

Student Spotlight: Griselda Quintero

Griselda realized that Aggieland was the home for her while on a mission trip with a fellow Texas A&M University alumni. That leap of faith has blossomed in to Griselda being member of several student organization and currently serving as the ASABE Student Club President. Interviewer: What drew you to Texas A&M University? Griselda: I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the STEM field, however I was open minded to any possibility. I applied and got admitted to nine universities across the state with majors ranging from… Read More →

Student Spotlight: Galvin Rodriguez

Galvin Rodriguez discovered that Texas A&M University in College Station was the right choice for him when he attended a prospective student event in San Antonio. Since then he has joined numerous clubs on campus and has become the current President of the AGSM Student Club. He has also found a passion for international travel which has taken him to Guanajuato, Mexico to Leuven, Belgium. Interviewer: What drew you to Texas A&M University? Galvin: Two factors that drew me to study at Texas A&M University were the influence… Read More →

Department Honored with Recent Awards

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is pleased to announce that multiple faculty members were recognized for their outstanding contributions at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).      Dr. Sergio Capareda received the Superior Paper Award for his paper “Effective Use of Dairy Manure Mixed with Sand Bedding for Gasification which was published in the journal Transactions of the ASABE. Each year, several hundred papers are published in ASABE journals, and only 5% of those manuscripts are recognized… Read More →

BAEN Alumni Awarded at Annual ASABE Meeting

Several Biological and Agricultural Engineering alumni were recognized for outstanding achievement at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in July. Yufeng Ge ’07 is the recipient of the New Holland Young Researcher Award. Ge received the award in recognition of his work developing sensing technologies to monitor plant stress. Yufeng earned his doctoral degree in the department, and subsequently was appointed a Research Assistant Professor while working with Dr. Alex Thomasson. After moving to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln… Read More →

Searcy Completes Term as ASABE President

Stephen W. Searcy, PE, served as the 2017-2018 President of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural food, and biolgical systems.   In his role as President, Dr. Searcy focused on enhancing the value of ASABE to its members. During his term, Searcy spearheaded major changes to the technical publishing process improving the length of time and impact of ASABE’s journals. He also facilitated planning for the Global Water Security for… Read More →

Ag Experts Discuss Handling Big Data at Conference

HOUSTON — Agricultural experts at a Houston conference praised the advancements in unmanned aerial vehicles, sensors and data-collecting technology used in precision crop production research, but said there are also challenges in how to process vast amounts of information and translate to the farmer. The conference, “Identifying Obstacles to Applying Big Data in Agriculture,” held Aug. 20-21 covered a broad spectrum of both unmanned aerial vehicles as well as automated ground vehicles equipped with sensor technology used to collect a variety of datasets in crop production. Texas A&M… Read More →

Diversifying the Water Portfolio for Agriculture in the Rio Grande Basin

Dr. Askarali Karimov of BAEN is Co-Principal Investigator on Diversifying the Water Portfolio for Agriculture in the Rio Grande, a 4-year project with estimated budget of $5 Million based on the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2017-68007-26318. The Rio Grande extends 1,900 miles from Southern Colorado through New Mexico and Texas to the Gulf of Mexico and is the fourth longest river in the U.S. It is listed, however, as one of the world’s most endangered rivers. The Rio Grande… Read More →