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Alumni Spotlight: Barry A. Johnson

Barry Johnson ’87 had a great experience at the university while working on his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering. Johnson is currently the owner of Blooming Colors Nursery and Landscaping and has worked for Quaker Oats company and Kraft Foods as a Project Engineer. What degrees have you received from Texas A&M University? Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, 1987. What drew you to Texas A&M University? The University has a reputation for having a strong engineering program with different types of engineering available to study. I wanted… Read More →

Focusing on Research in Departmental Honors Program

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering participates in the College of Engineering Honors Program, geared towards high achieving students looking for challenging course work and an opportunity to do research. Honor’s students get an opportunity to work closely with professors on research projects all while taking a variety of engineering courses that are more challenging than their non-engineering counterparts. Drs. Patti Smith and Elena Castell-Perez co-coordinate the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Honors Track and meet with honors students once a semester to guide them through coursework and… Read More →

Study suggests growth-stage-based irrigation strategies for high-yielding cotton

Cotton is sensitive to water stress at different growth stages, needing water at specific times to produce a high-yielding crop. A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study investigated the best strategies to improve irrigation water-use efficiency while maintaining high yields. “Evaluation of crop-growth-stage-based deficit irrigation strategies for cotton production in the Southern High Plains,” was authored by AgriLife Research scientists Srinivasulu Ale, Ph.D., geospatial hydrologist, and Sushil Himanshu, Ph.D., postdoctoral research associate, both in Vernon, and James Bordovsky, senior agricultural engineer, Halfway, along with and Murali Darapuneni, New Mexico… Read More →

2019 Career Connections Mixer

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering held its annual Career Connections Mixer, an event aimed at increasing the networking opportunities between current students and departmental former students.  The event is organized as a type of “speed-networking” social where students get to speak to alumni about their experience in the department and the path taken after graduation.  Students are organized by tables allowing 10 minutes of conversation followed by a rotation to a new table.  This format allows students the chance to informally speak to as many of… Read More →