Department Honored with Recent Awards

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is pleased to announce that multiple faculty members were recognized for their outstanding contributions at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).      Dr. Sergio Capareda received the Superior Paper Award for his paper “Effective Use of Dairy Manure Mixed with Sand Bedding for Gasification which was published in the journal Transactions of the ASABE. Each year, several hundred papers are published in ASABE journals, and only 5% of those manuscripts are recognized… Read More →

BAEN Alumni Awarded at Annual ASABE Meeting

Several Biological and Agricultural Engineering alumni were recognized for outstanding achievement at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in July. Yufeng Ge ’07 is the recipient of the New Holland Young Researcher Award. Ge received the award in recognition of his work developing sensing technologies to monitor plant stress. Yufeng earned his doctoral degree in the department, and subsequently was appointed a Research Assistant Professor while working with Dr. Alex Thomasson. After moving to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln… Read More →

Searcy Completes Term as ASABE President

Stephen W. Searcy, PE, served as the 2017-2018 President of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural food, and biolgical systems.   In his role as President, Dr. Searcy focused on enhancing the value of ASABE to its members. During his term, Searcy spearheaded major changes to the technical publishing process improving the length of time and impact of ASABE’s journals. He also facilitated planning for the Global Water Security for… Read More →

Ag Experts Discuss Handling Big Data at Conference

HOUSTON — Agricultural experts at a Houston conference praised the advancements in unmanned aerial vehicles, sensors and data-collecting technology used in precision crop production research, but said there are also challenges in how to process vast amounts of information and translate to the farmer. The conference, “Identifying Obstacles to Applying Big Data in Agriculture,” held Aug. 20-21 covered a broad spectrum of both unmanned aerial vehicles as well as automated ground vehicles equipped with sensor technology used to collect a variety of datasets in crop production. Texas A&M… Read More →

Diversifying the Water Portfolio for Agriculture in the Rio Grande Basin

Group photo of students and professors smiling at a tour of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

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

The construction of the gin inside of the building is taking place.

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

Dean Stover is posing for a classic portrait wearing a black suit with a maroon tie.

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

Dr. Moore is wearing a red shirt smiling at the under served youth she is speaking to for the Biogas Energy AcadeMy program.

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

Students form two lines wearing their blue polos.

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 →