Students Receive Senior Merit Awards

The Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences congratulates the outstanding students receiving 2021 Senior Merit Awards. Presented by the College for over 50 years, these awards recognize the best of the best graduating seniors. The following students are this year’s recipients: Zoe Amerigian Alec Macmanus Congratulations to all of our students for your hard work and dedication!

Texas A&M’s agricultural engineering graduate program earns national ranking

Irrigation systems like this one sitting on a carpet of green crop better designed by Texas A&M's Agricultural engineering program help utilize water

No. 3 ranking reflects high quality teaching, research excellence The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences agricultural engineering graduate program ranked third in the nation with the latest U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings. The department’s agricultural engineering graduate program ranked third in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate School rankings and joined several other programs in the university that were mentioned in the publication for 2022. More details about the… Read More →

Auvermann receives Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence

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Congratulations to Brent Auvermann, Ph.D., who received the Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence this year. This award recognizes the commitment and outstanding contributions displayed by faculty, students and staff members across Texas A&M AgriLife. Administration Award The Administration Award was presented to Brent Auvermann, Ph.D., center director for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo and chair of the Council of Resident Directors, Auvermann is helping build AgriLife Research’s role throughout Texas. His tenured experience as a researcher and his ability to “lead-by-example” energize his… Read More →

Alumni Spotlight: Mark David Waters Jr.

What is your academic background? My name is Mark David Waters Jr. and my hometown is Dallas, TX. I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Prarie View A&M University. I pursued my M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering while working under Dr. Maria King at Texas A&M University. The title of my thesis is Computational Modeling of Biofilm Formation and Corrosion Processes on Steel Surfaces. Why did you choose BAEN at TAMU for your MS Degree? I chose TAMU to pursue my MS Degree because it has… Read More →

BAEN Capstone Teams Places Third at AGCO National Student Design Contest

Congratulations to the BAEN Capstone team “Innovative Farming Solutions” who submitted their capstone project and were chosen to present in the finals of the 2020 AGCO National Student Design Contest. The team of Madison Hodges, Ana Chen Reyes, and Jacy Gray placed third overall at this year’s annual contest. The team designed a rural greenhouse/garden in a food desert area of South Texas for the South Texas Advancement Resource (STAR) group. This is the second year in a row a BAEN team from A&M has qualified for the… Read More →

Undergraduate Summer Research Application NOW OPEN

Attention Freshmen and Sophomores…Interested in High-Impact Learning? Program dates: May 31, 2021 — July 2, 2021 Are you an undergraduate student who wants hands-on learning experiences in reuse water quality, exposure to careers in agricultural research and extension, and a pathway to graduate school? The Reuse Water Quality Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates (REEU) Program at Texas A&M University will take your academic career to the next level. Students who participate in the REEU program will have the opportunity to interact with a multidisciplinary team of extension… Read More →

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring 2020 Awards

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has held its annual Ag Convocation virtually by recognizing their Senior Merit Award Winners. Senior Merit Award winners Senior Merit Awards have been presented by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for over 50 years.  The awards are designed to recognize the best of the best graduating seniors from the college in 2020. The selection criteria for Senior Merit Awards include scholarship, Texas A&M University activities, community involvement, professional and civic activities, internships/employment and awards, honors and undergraduate research activities/publications…. Read More →

Alumni Spotlight: Catelyn Bridges

What is your academic background? My name is Catelyn Bridges and my hometown is Omaha, NE. I received my B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2018. I pursued my M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering while working under Dr. Janie Moore at Texas A&M University. My thesis research focused on using a non-thermal treatment, atmospheric cold plasma, during the post-harvest processing of cottonseed meal.  Why did you choose BAEN at TAMU for your MS Degree? I chose TAMU for my MS degree because… Read More →

Dr. Searcy Retires After 40 Years of Service to Texas A&M

Dr. Stephen W. Searcy, head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, retired on Monday, August 31, 2020, after 40 years of service. Dr. Searcy began his road to academic success by earning a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Missouri in 1974. He went on to earn  a B.S. and an M.S. in Agricultural Mechanization also from the University of Missouri in 1976. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Agricultural  Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1980. Dr. Searcy began his… Read More →

BAEN-NCTM Collaboration on COVID-19

Dr. Nikolov, Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAEN) Professor and National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM) Director, and his graduate students, Emma Foster and Laura Soto, have been collaborating with NCTM scientists to develop an optimal production and purification process for making two recombinant versions of the COVID-19 spike protein. Laura and Emma have been working since April 2020 on the development of a reliable purification process for spike proteins. The preliminary data suggest that making 50 mg of purified protein per liter of cell culture is possible with… Read More →