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Urban Riparian, Stream Restoration Workshop set for April 17 in Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host a workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 17 in Corpus Christi for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects around the area. The morning session will be at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. The afternoon session will be outdoors along Oso Creek, where participants will learn stream surveying techniques. Early registration is encouraged as the workshop is limited to 40 people. The $100 cost includes… Read More →

Alumni Spotlight: John Reid

John Reid ’87 enjoyed the atmosphere of the department while working on his Ph.D. The current Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department Head, Dr. Stephen Searcy, helped in bringing Reid to Texas A&M. Reid is now the Director of Product Technology and Innovation at John Deere. What degrees have you obtained from Texas A&M University? John: PhD in Agricultural Engineering, 1987. What drew you to Texas A&M University? John: The University and the department was building a national reputation in the early 1980s. The primary reason I came to… Read More →

Department Head Honored by Alma Mater for Exceptional Efforts

Dr. Stephen Searcy, head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, was recently honored by his alma matter, University of Missouri, with the 2019 Missouri Honor Award. The award is given by the College of Engineering to alumni for “exceptional efforts by an individual to foster the professional development of young engineering college graduates; exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important in technical engineering; and exceptional contribution by an individual to technical engineering knowledge.” Dr. Searcy graduated from the University of Missouri with… Read More →

Alumni Spotlight: Thomas Marek

Thomas Marek is a Native Aggie who loves Texas A&M and the department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Marek’s love for agriculture and the Aggie spirit shines through in his career working for Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo and Bushland. He has accomplished much within his 46 years of work and attributes his time at the department to helping him succeed. What degrees have you obtained from Texas A&M University? Thomas: B.S. Agricultural Engineering, 1975 M.S. Agricultural Engineering, 1977 What drew you to Texas A&M University? Thomas:… Read More →

Bringing Students Together: Belgium Study Abroad

This article was originally published by the Study Abroad Staff at North Carolina State University  Alston Willard, a Biological and Agricultural Engineering student from North Carolina State University, attended the departmental study abroad program in Levuen, Belgium during the summer of 2018.  He found that the program fit well with his college career plans and he “would do it again in a heartbeat”.  This particular study abroad within the department not only benefits Texas A&M University students but also brings together students from across the country in sister… Read More →

Alumni Spotlight: Cale Boriack

Cale Boriack ’03 has excelled in his field since graduating from Texas A&M University. He recently received the ASABE AE50 Award and currently serves over 10 ASABE committees. Through hard work and perseverance, Cale became a licensed engineer for the state of Texas and worked for McCormick. When he isn’t working, Cale loves to go camping with his family.  What degrees have you obtained from Texas A&M University? Cale: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering with emphasis in power and machinery Master of Science in Biological and Agricultural… Read More →

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 →