Category Archives: Undergraduates

STEM Camp for high schoolers a success

Dr. Sergio Capareda’s Bio Energy Testing and Analysis Laboratory, or BETA lab, is known for testing and analyzing biomass and biofuels. Recently, the BETA lab has reached out to high school students who participated in a STEM Summer Camp from July 11th to 15th here in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. Under the leadership of graduate student and program manager, Seaborn Carter, and along with assistance from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program specialist David Smith and other graduate students studying under Dr. Capareda,… Read More →

Global design teams tackle projects at home and abroad

A team of Texas A&M University engineering students spent its semester working to provide safer, cleaner drinking water for rural communities in Mexico. The students were paired with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Gonzalo Rio Arronte Foundation to improve water quality without creating complications for wildlife as part of a biological and agricultural engineering global design team (GDT) course. “Being able to travel to Oaxaca and work with the WWF in Mexico really opened my eyes to their culture and to their way of life,” said… Read More →

Student Spotlight: Zeke McReynolds

Ezekiel “Zeke” McReynolds is a Senior in Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Zeke had planned to pursue his education at the Naval Academy but when his plans fell through he heard the call of the Aggie traditions in College Station. This week, Zeke sat down and chatted a little about his experiences at Texas A&M University and in the department. Why did you decide to study Biological and Agricultural Engineering?  Zeke: For me this question is always tricky. I didn’t actually pick this department; BAEN picked me. When making… Read More →

Texas A&M ASABE Robotics Team Tackling Challenges

The Texas A&M ASABE Robotics Team is a small group of bright individuals dedicated to using their classroom-learned skills, to build on previous experience to design robots fit for competition. As in the years before, the team will be entering the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Robotics Student Design Competition that takes place this year on July 17-20th in Orlando, Florida. The competition uses a consistent theme throughout the years by reflecting the geographical area of the competition. Previous challenges have included themes such as moving… Read More →

Aggie Pullers compete at ASABE 2016 1/4 Scale Competition

This year’s International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition (IQS), held at Peoria Expo Gardens June 2nd-5th in Illinois, marks the 18th year that the Aggie Pullers have competed since its 1997 founding. This year, the Texas A&M Aggie Pullers competed against 26 other collegiate teams where students are given only an engine and tires. This allows each team to determine their own tractor’s design and construction. Student competitors must compile a written design report and a team presentation, as well as participate in individual design judging and… Read More →

AggiePullers prepare for ASABE 2016 1/4 Scale Competition

The Texas A&M AggiePullers are preparing to embark on their annual trip to Peoria Illinois to compete in the 2016 Quarter Scale Tractor Competition. This year’s team leaders are Zeke McReynolds, Brad Borges, Allison Thomason and Taylor Shearrer. This year’s faculty leaders are Dr. Ron Lacey and Dr. Doug Kingman. If you are interested in getting involved in or donating to the departmental AggiePullers team please contact Stormy Kretzschmar at stormyk@tamu.edu. Press release from ASABE: University Teams Gear Up for 1/4-Scale Tractor Competition

Capstone Event Showcases Student Design

Every May students, staff and faculty gather for the Annual BAEN Capstone Event. This event showcases the hard work completed by graduating seniors in the department during their final senior project. The goal is to bring together the skills the students have learned during their education with Texas A&M University in to one final project. Over the last two years, this departmental capstone course has taken on a new international aspect. This year students traveled to Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua and India which afforded students the opportunity to not… Read More →

Department Celebrates Annual Awards Banquet

On April 9th, 2016 the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering celebrated the department’s annual awards banquet at the Hilton College Station and Conference Center Hotel in College Station, Texas. The night began with a welcome by Mr. Cody Nedbalek, Class of 2016 and current President of the ASABE Student Branch. The invocation was led by Ms. Sarah Green, Class of 2016 and current Events Coordinator of the ASABE Student Branch. Dr. Bill Norman, Class of 1977, was the guest speaker who reflected on his time with the… Read More →

Student Spotlight: Brad Borges

Brad Borges is a Junior in Agricultural Systems Management. Brad completed a degree in Mechanized Agriculture at Modesto Junior College and knew that he wanted more education before jumping in to the workforce. Finding himself at Texas A&M University he has come to love the culture, the traditions and the spirit of Aggieland. This week, Brad sat down and chatted a little about his experiences at Texas A&M University and in the department. What drew you to Texas A&M? Brad: As a California native, it was a difficult decision… Read More →

Student Spotlight: Sonja Loy

Sonja Loy is a third generation Aggie and a senior in Biological and Agricultural Engineering.  During high school she began to research her interests and realized she had a deep intense interest in water resources and agriculture which ultimately drew her to Biological and Agricultural Engineering. This week, Sonja sat down and chatted a little about her experiences at Texas A&M and in the department. What drew you to Texas A&M? Sonja: As a third generation Aggie, Texas A&M and College Station have always been close to my… Read More →