Thomasson appointed to endowed cotton chair at Texas A&M University

Dr. Alex Thomasson has been appointed to the endowed Chair in Cotton Engineering, Ginning and Mechanization in the department of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station. The endowed chair was established in 1998 by multiple cotton supporters and was first held by Dr. Calvin Parnell Jr. until his retirement in 2016. “Dr. Thomasson is an established researcher with 27 years experience, which includes positions at the U.S. Cotton Ginning Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service and Mississippi State University prior… Read More →

Texas A&M Engineering rises in rankings to 7th in newest US News & World Report undergraduate rankings

Texas A&M Engineering climbed to seventh among public engineering schools offering a doctorate and 14th overall in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings for undergraduate engineering programs released this week. The college rose two places overall from 16 to 14 and one place among public institutions from eight to seven among its peers. The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering and the Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, which is part of both the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at… Read More →

Breathing New Life in to Scoates Artwork

Built in 1932, the Agricultural Engineering Building, now known as Daniels Scoates Hall, was designed to provide agricultural engineering instruction, research and extension. The building features a beautiful wrought iron doorway, exterior ornamentation, and a highly decorated foyer and lecture room. The lecture hall originally contained a stenciled-tile ceiling, an ornate chandelier, a wooden turntable, and murals. The frieze was painted for the building opening in 1933, followed by the six panel color mural in 1939 at the request of Daniel Scoates, the department head at the time…. Read More →

Texas A&M University Fall 2017 Interdisciplinary Lecture Series – “Science and Engineering for Sustainability”

Civil Engineering Building 118 (HEB) | Seminar at 12:40 pm Sept 4 Peter Knappett, Texas A&M University Groundwater – Surface Water Sept 11 Kamini Singha*, Colorado School of Mines Soil – Water – Plant Sept 18 R. Saravanan, Texas A&M University Climate & Weather Prediction Sept 25 Richard Woodward, Texas A&M University Resource Economics Oct 2 Hongjie Xie, University of Texas, San Antonio Lake Change – Climate Change Oct 9 Hae-Kwon Jeong, Texas A&M University Nano-Pore Membrane Tech Oct 16 Huilin Gao, Texas A&M University Surface Hydrology Modeling… Read More →

Student Spotlight: Nalin Samarasinghe

What drew you to Texas A&M University and particularly, the Biological and Agricultural Engineering department? After completing my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering in Sri Lanka, I was looking for an opportunity to pursue a graduate program. I had already developed a taste for research and was particularly interested in doing my graduate studies on renewable energy. During my search, I found out about the renewable energy program in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering department, which perfectly matched my interests.   BAEN’s agricultural engineering program was one of the… Read More →

Alumni Spotlight: Jordan Grier

Jordan has a history of the fightin’ Texas Aggie spirit in his family and coming to Texas A&M University was a natural fit.  Little did he know that he would be highly involved in departmental activities and serve in various leadership positions around the department. What degrees have you obtained from Texas A&M University? B.S Agricultural Systems Management; 2012 and M.S. Agricultural Systems Management; 2014 What drew you to Texas A&M University? My dad was class of ’76 and graduated with a B.S. in animal science and agricultural… Read More →

Cotton gin trash finding new life for electrical power

Finding sustainable markets for gin trash, wood chips and other waste products could be viable in producing more electrical power for a growing global population, according to researchers. A demonstration was held recently on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station showcasing a biomass-fueled fluidized bed gasifier, utilizing cotton gin trash and wood chips to power an electric generator. The fluidized bed gasification system was developed in the 1980s when a patent was issued to Drs. Calvin Parnell Jr. and W.A. Lepori, who were both part… Read More →

Searcy Begins Term as ASABE President

Steve Searcy, Department Head

Stephen W. Searcy, PE, has taken office 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 biological systems. A 37-year member of ASABE, Searcy previously has served the Society in numerous roles, most recently as treasurer and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He was elected an ASABE Fellow, the highest honor bestowed by the Society, in 2008. Searcy will serve a one-year term as president…. Read More →

Sheng named resident director for Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center-El Paso

Dr. Zhuping Sheng has been named director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center-El Paso, effective Sept. 1. Sheng joined the center in April 2001 and is a professor of agricultural engineering with AgriLife Research. “Dr. Sheng’s expertise in agricultural engineering and water along with his proven leadership ability make him an excellent choice for guiding the El Paso center’s research efforts,” said Dr. Craig Nessler, AgriLife Research director, College Station. According to AgriLife Research, the mission of the El Paso center is to lead and conduct innovative… Read More →

Water quality fellowship provides hands-on learning opportunities at Texas A&M

A summer program at Texas A&M University recently provided 15 undergraduate students with fellowships in water quality to study the impacts of on-site sewage facilities on soil and water quality. The students were from Texas A&M, Prairie View A&M Florida A&M, and Kansas State universities.

A summer program at Texas A&M University recently provided 15 undergraduate students with fellowships in water quality to study the impacts of on-site sewage facilities on soil and water quality. The students were from Texas A&M, Prairie View A&M Florida A&M, and Kansas State universities. The two-year undergraduate program is offered by Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M universities and was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. According to program coordinators, the goals of the Research and Extension Experiential Learning program are… Read More →