Biological and agricultural engineering

Kelping It Green: UC Davis Research Team Wins Awards at First-Ever AlgaePrize Competition

Biological systems engineering graduate student Mia Gaiero teamed up with food science and technology graduate student Truc Pham to dive deep into algae for the inaugural AlgaePrize Competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office. The two earned a place among the top finalists, as well as $10,000 and the best poster award at an awards ceremony in April.   

Smart Nails, Talking Tattoos and Advanced Prosthetics

Wearable technology is advancing the human body’s potential through non-invasive augmentation of our abilities, from enabling us to communicate with devices with facial gestures to keeping track of our vital signs. Here are four intelligent wearables woven into reality by researchers in the College of Engineering.

Emphasis on Academics Allows UC Davis Women’s Water Polo Team to Thrive in Pursuit of Engineering Degrees

The UC Davis women's water polo team currently has four engineering students who are pushing the limit both in the classroom and in the pool. With the team training on average 20 hours a week during the school year, it's difficult to imagine one would have time for school. A team culture that starts with coaches advocating for a school-first approach allows them to thrive in and out of the pool.  

Engineering Students Dominate Big Bang! Business Competition with Innovative Technologies

University of California, Davis, College of Engineering students were big winners at the 23rd annual Big Bang! Business Competition on May 23, taking home $64,000 in prizes with their innovations in food and agriculture, education, energy and sustainability, health and social enterprise.  

Zhongli Pan’s AIVision Food Recognized as Startup of the Month

Zhongli Pan, adjunct professor of biological and agricultural engineering, and his startup AIVision Food have been recognized by Comstock’s Magazine as its Startup of the Month. AIVision Food develops smart technology to protect crops from pests.

Alumni Spotlight: Arnab Sarkar

Arnab Sarkar's father studied civil engineering while working full time as a construction supervisor and it was that dedication and early exposure to the field that inspired Sarkar, Master's of Science in biological and agricultural engineering '01, Ph.D. '04 to one day study engineering and follow in his father’s footsteps. 

Graduate Student Spotlight: Lucy Knowles

My research aims to improve the production of energy from biological waste products, diverting waste from landfills and producing a sustainable form of energy. I use enzymes produced by fungi to break down the main component of plant biomass, cellulose, into fermentable sugars.