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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 →

Alumni Spotlight: David Arthur

David Arthur wanted to find a degree that blended science and agriculture and he found that at Texas A&M University in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. While here he was a leader in the ASABE student club and AggiePullers. The cotton industry called his name after graduating from TAMU where he has been involved in developing the largest gin in production. What degrees have you obtained from Texas A&M University? Bachelor of Science in Biological & Agricultural Engineering What drew you to Texas A&M University? A… Read More →

Texas A&M Hires New Leader of Agriculture College

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System unanimously voted Thursday to hire a nationally recognized leader in nutritional science and a member of the National Academy of Sciences to lead Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the System’s agriculture agencies. As the incoming Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dr. Patrick J. Stover, will be well positioned to better align research and extension efforts related to agriculture and human health. Dr. Stover, who comes… Read More →

Department Head’s Corner- March 2018

Howdy, As we approach spring break, I want to update you on several activities important to the department. New faculty – You will see in other parts of this newsletter introductions to Drs. Hardin, King and Moore, our new assistant professors. We are extremely pleased to have them join the department, and look forward to their contributions. New faculty means new ideas and fresh energy, so be on the lookout for stories on their accomplishments in future newsletters. Record number of graduates – Our capstone courses AGSM 440… Read More →

New Faculty Bring New Ideas to Department

With an approach to science by using a holistic approach, Dr. Maria King has merged biological engineering and biotechnology with different fields and departments of Texas A&M including electrical engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, physics, mechanical and nuclear engineering as well as techniques that range from microbial analysis and pathogen detection to air sampling and computational fluid dynamics. Her work has been collaborated with outside organizations such as the United States Department of Defense, the United States Air Force, federal agencies like USDA, EPA, and industrial partners including… Read More →

Texas 4-H Youth Water Ambassadors Creating Leaders for the Future

The Texas 4-H Water Ambassador Program (initiated in 2017) provides high school aged youth an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and practice leadership skills related to the science, technology, engineering, and management of water in Texas. Through their participation in a summer 4-H2O Youth Leadership Academy and (40) hours of annual service, water ambassadors gain insight into water law, policy and planning as they interact with representatives from state water agencies, educators, policy-makers, and water resources managers. Water ambassadors also gain an appreciation for the complexity of managing… Read More →

Karthikeyan Appointed Program Chair for Water Management & Hydrological Science

Dr. Karthikeyan, affectionately called Dr. K by his students, was recently appointed as the Program Chair for the Water Management & Hydrological Science (WMHS) Interdisciplinary Program (IDP). This graduate program was created in 2005 to foster the discovery and application of knowledge about water management, conservation, treatment, and recycling. Being the second largest IDP at Texas A&M University, the program offers a wide range of water-related courses that students can take. The diverse coursework is available to students due to the interdisciplinary nature of the water issues. As… Read More →