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 →

Celebrating Achievements: Graduating Class May 2020

Let’s celebrate! The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is launching a new student spotlight series titled Celebrating Achievement. Each term, the department will be highlighting the graduating class for that semester.  This edition is called Celebrating Achievement: Graduating Class May 2020.  Over the course of the next several weeks, students will be sharing a little bit about themselves, a treasured Aggie memory and their plans post-graduation.  Be sure to watch our website and social media channels.   Message from Dr. Patricia Smith, Director of BAEN Undergraduate Program… Read More →

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 →