Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Brock Kamrath: Graduate Student of the Week

What is your hometown? 
Springfield, IL

What are your previous degrees?
Civil/Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa

Who is your advisor? 
Dr. Burchell. I am studying ecological engineering with a focus in wetlands and water quality.    

What first made you interested in this field? 
Other than finding both wetlands and water quality very interesting and highly important, the overall field allows me to use the engineering principles I learned in undergrad to help solve modern environmental issues.

What do you like most about BAE? 
I enjoy the engaged graduate student community within the department.

What is a little known fact about you? 
I enjoy a gas station corndog every now and then.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rachel Taylor: Graduate Student of the Week

What is your hometown?
Harding, PA

What are your previous degrees?
Biological Engineering at Penn State

Who is your advisor?
Dr. Evans - Nutrient Removal from Stormwater in Agricultural Settings 

What first made you interested in this field?
I knew I wanted to be an engineer, and BAE gives me the ability to solve problems in both the environment and in agriculture.

What do you like most about BAE?
Graduate Student Association

What is a little known fact about you?
I want to be a professor after I complete my PhD

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Yijia (Jess) Zhao: Graduate Student of the Week

What is your hometown?
Jinan, Shandong Province, China

What are your previous degrees? 
Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University; Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University 

Who is your adviser? 
My advisor is Dr. Lingjuan Wang-Li. My major is Agricultural Engineering and the area of study is agricultural air quality. My research concentration is precursor gases (ammonia, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur oxides) to the formation of secondary inorganic fine particles. The first part is establishing an improved ammonia emission inventory for NC. The second part is linking precursor emissions to ambient concentrations using a chemical transport model. The third part is studying the spatial and temporal patterns of precursor atmospheric concentrations in NC.

What first made you interested in this field? 
The main things attracting me into this area are the research gap and the potential impacts and values of this research topic.

What do you like most about BAE? 
The most part I like about BAE is the people here. We are like a family here.

What is a little known fact about you? 
I am a big animal fan. I have two dogs (MIka, a German Shepard and Maggie, a Labrador)and two rabbits (Farrah, a lion head and Jesse, a mini Holland lop). My hobbies are playing pool, table tennis, jogging, swimming, and shopping.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

NC State Faculty and Students Attend Annual American Ecological Engineering Society

NC State BAE faculty and students attended the 17th Annual American Ecological Engineering Society Meeting in Athens, GA. This year's theme was “Ecological Engineering for Adaptation in the Anthropocene.” 

Dr. Mike Burchell, Dr. Steven Hall and Jack Kurki-Fox presented at the meeting. Bryan Maxwell presented a poster during a poster session as well as Dani Winter and Brock Kamrath who also presented at the conference. 

Many were able to take part in a sustainability tour at the partially restored spring upon which Athens was founded. Water, food and ecological sustainability were other topics covered at the conference.

Simon Gregg: Graduate Student of the Week

What is your hometown? 
Prospect, Tennessee 

What are your previous degrees? 
Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University

Who is your adviser? 
Dr. Bill Hunt - Mitigation of urban stormwater pollution with suspended pavement systems.

What first made you interested in this field? 
Efforts to reduce the impact of the built environment and protect the quality of surface waters.

What do you like most about BAE?
The department’s history of studying and developing solutions to difficult problems that are affecting the state and country.

What is a little known fact about you? 
I started riding dirt bikes at age 5.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May BAE In The News

  • How did 2016 Outstanding Alumna Sepi Saidi inspire an endowment to BAE? Find out why Mae Mae Dolan chose to give to BAE to start a scholarship for female engineers in CALS News.
  • There’s no question about it: NC State graduates are outstanding. NC State BAE senior Kelly Harris was featured in this roundup of graduates from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in CALS News.
  • How do we ensure water for tomorrowDrainage Contractor catches up with Dr. Mohamed Youssef as he explains NC State’s work in controlled draining.
  • NC State 2016 Outstanding Alumna Sepi Saidi was featured in the newest addition of CALS Magazine, CALS Is Here. Saidi is the founder of SEPI Engineering.
  • Can ag’s big data solve Carolina production problems on a bigger scale? Southeast Farm Press speaks to experts in an article featuring a photo of NC State BAE alumni Bobby Vick.
  • This year 15 senior design groups worked to tackle a problem to create real world solutions. CALS News caught up with one group that designed, built and installed a stormwater wetland and solar-powered pumping station at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center.
  • Graduation is over in the blink of an eye. Relive the day in this video and remember why it’s so important to tell your story.
  • Get to know our students as we feature a graduate student each week.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Shane DeGaetano: Graduate Student of the Week

What is your hometown? 
Ithaca, NY

What are your previous degrees? 
Biological Engineering, Cornell University

Who is your adviser? 
Bill Hunt, Rooftop Stormwater Control

What first made you interested in this field? 
My Dad is a climatologist, naturally I was drawn to sustainability and water resources.

What do you like most about BAE? 
The modern design and state of the art equipment.

What is a little known fact about you? 
I have a dog named Cooper.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rebecca Purvis: Graduate Student of the Week

What is your hometown?
Houston, TX

What are your previous degrees?
B.S. & M.S. in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from Oklahoma State University

Who is your advisor?
I am working with Dr. Bill Hunt and am studying bioswales to find their optimal design for enhanced stormwater runoff conveyance and pollutant removal. 

What do you like most about BAE?
My favorite part about BAE is the close-knit feel of the department.

What is a little known fact about you?
I lived in Brunei, a small country in SE Asia, for four years. My backyard was the South China Sea and lush rainforest filled with monkeys! I love to travel and have been to 15+ countries and 30 states.

Student Awarded at BASF Innovations in Agriculture Poster Session

Ph.D. student Veronica Mbaneme won second place at the 2017 BASF Innovations in Agriculture Poster Session. 

Her project, Integrated Energy System using Perennial​ Bioenergy Crops and Clostridium thermocellum received a corresponding monetary award.

Students from universities across the state including NC State, Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC Central and NC A&T attended. 

They were invited to present their research, tour the BASF Research Triangle Park facilities, learn about various research initiatives, and network with academic and industry leaders at the 2017 BASF Innovations in Agriculture Poster Session.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tell Your Story - Graduation Spring 2017

More than 70 undergraduate and graduate students received their degree during NC State's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering Commencement Ceremony. Speakers included Department Head Dr. Garey Fox, CALS Associate Dean and Director of NC Cooperative Extension Service Dr. Richard Bonanno and student speaker Kenneth Atkins.

In his closing charge Dr. Fox urged graduates to tell their story. Whether it's the completion of an impactful project or the start of a new venture, NC State BAE wants to know what it's alumni are up to and how they are continuing to #ThinkAndDo. He also encouraged graduates to spread the word of the department, and always remember that they are welcome to Weaver Labs.

BAE Alumna Featured in CALS Magazine

In the Spring issue of CALS Magazine, readers get a glimpse into the far reaching impact of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A great example of someone who embodies this impact and NC State's #ThinkAndDo attitude is Sepi Saidi.

NC State BAE alumna Sepi Saidi was featured in the most recent issue of CALS Magazine, titled CALS Is Here. President and founder of SEPI Engineering, Saidi was also named the department's 2016 Outstanding Alum.

Read the latest issue of CALS Magazine to see how research and people from CALS are making an impact locally and globally.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Manal Askar: Graduate Student of the Week

Where are you from?

What are your previous degrees?
Bachelor in Civil Engineering

Who is your advisor?
Dr. Youssef - Modeling phosphorus loss and transport from agricultural fields to surface water bodies.

What first made you interested in this field?
Saving the environment by trying to solve water quality issues.

What do you like most about BAE?
Feeling that we are like a big family who care about each other.

What is a little known fact about you?
I have a wonderful daughter who is almost two years old.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Spring Graduation PHOTOS

Look who is engineering now!

We graduated 10 Agricultural and Environmental Technologist, 56 Engineers, 3 PhD's in Bio & Ag Engineering, 2 Masters in Bio & Ag Engineering, and 4 Master of Bio & Ag Engineering.

Graduates now that you are alumni of this department do not forget to visit the Bio & Ag Alumni page and stay connected to Bio & Ag. Once our database is updated you will receive the Bio & Ag Alumni newsletter or access it from the alumni web page.

Throughout your career please keep in touch and stay connected... 

We would like to hear from you in the future... call your favorite professor and keep in touch by using FACEBOOK NCSU BAE Alum (a great place for our alum to share and post jobs) or connect through other social media. If you should ever need help finding a job don't neglect the many other NCSU resources available to alumni. Remember you are alumni forever. This means no matter how long it has been since your graduation NC State services are available to you. 

Our best wishes are for your future success. One thing we would ask of you is to help us recruit new Bio & Ag students. We depend on alumni efforts to recruit as you are our best emissaries so "Talk-Bio&Ag-Up".

Remember that education is a lifelong process... We offer Bio&Ag training and credit for continuing education or to earn PDH hours to keep your PE license current. If you are choosing more graduate level studies consider the Graduate Certificate program or earn a MS or PhD in the Graduate Program

At NC State our graduates are always welcome back home.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

BAE Student Featured Among Outstanding CALS Grads

Coming to NC State, Kelly Harris had a pretty good idea of what she wanted her future to look like.

“I wanted my career to have a direct interface with nature and my classes to teach about topics such as biology, soil science and ecology,” says Harris, who is earning a bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering with an environmental concentration and a minor in applied ecology. 

“After attending an information session for the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering … I realized it offered exactly what I wanted to learn,” says Harris. “Looking back as a graduating senior, I absolutely made the right choice and could not imagine myself being as happy or prepared to solve environmental problems with any other degree.” 

Along the way, the Goodnight Scholar was able to take part in undergraduate research in the stream restoration lab and participate in field work researching water quality. But she cites Alternative Spring Break as the most impactful. She has traveled to Costa Rica to learn about sustainability and ecotourism, and also to Trinidad and Tobago on environmental service and education trips. 

Whether she was halfway across the world or participating in research on campus, Harris believes NC State provided her with the tools to convert her ideas and passions into real-world results. 

“The education provided here is incredible – I feel extremely ready to have a successful career and life. “ 'Think and Do’ describes NC State perfectly, and that is a saying I will take with me wherever I go.” 

Hear about more outstanding graduates across the college in CALS News.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Charlie Stillwell: Graduate Student of the Week

Charlie Stillwell

Asheville, NC 
Charlie Stillwell
Charlie Stillwell

What are your previous degrees (major and university)? 
Bachelors in Civil Engineering, Drexel University 

Who is your advisor? 
 Dr. Hunt, urban hydrology and green infrastructure 

What first made you interested in this field? 
I love cities and nature, my field combines the best of both worlds! 

What do you like most about the department? 

What is a little known fact about you? 
I lived in Hong Kong for 4 months for a study abroad program.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

April BAE In The News!

News outlets consistently turn to the Department's faculty, staff and students for their expertise and insight on articles locally, regionally and nationally. In April, BAE received coverage from national outlets such as Politico to local media like the News and Observer and NC State's student newspaper, Technician. Here is April's news roundup.
  • Mark Rice gave insight to the Star News Online: “Could NC buy out more hog farms after Matthew’s floods?”
  • Dr. Bill Hunt was quoted in Politico: “Why Smart Cities Are Turning Themselves Into Sponges”
  • A new BAE undergraduate scholars program with Dragonfly Pond Works was highlighted in CALS News: “New Program Fosters Collaboration Between Students and Industry”
  • Graduate student Zac Lentz was featured in a Technican opinion article on the worth of graduate school: “OPINION: Graduate school is worth your time and money”
  • Coastal Review Online cites Dr. Mike Burchell and his team’s stormwater management plan in an article on the Eagle Point Golf Club’s conservation efforts: “Tournament Puts Spotlight on Conservation”
  • Mark Rice lent his expertise to the News and Observer on state regulations and hog farms: “Do hog farms make their neighbors ill? Jurors may decide soon”
  • Does NC need buffers? NC Health News draws from Dr. Mike Burchell's work: "Does NC Need Buffers"
  • Dr. Bill Hunt and PhD student Charlie Stillwell speak to the News and Observer on stormwater management. Charlie is also featured in a video in the article: "Development rules ease Triangle flooding but can’t prevent it"
  • Students design and race edible cars in Dr. Andy Hale’s BAE 100 class as seen in this CALS News article: “Students Challenged to Design Incredible Edible Cars”

Monday, May 1, 2017

Katy Mazer: Graduate Student of the Week

Katy Mazer
Katy Mazer

San Antonio, TX 

What are your previous degrees (major and university)? 
B.S. in BAE from NC State 

Who is your advisor? 
Bill Hunt - studying converting dry ponds to constructed stormwater wetlands 

What first made you interested in this field? 
the dual need to protect the environment as well as meet the growing infrastructure needs of society 

What do you like most about BAE? 
Hidden treasures (like the volleyball net) 

What is a little known fact about you? 
After undergrad and before Peace Corps, I applied to be a train engineer at the zoo. I really wanted the job, but sadly, it didn't work out.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Matt Campbell: Graduate Student of the Week

Matt Campbell

Matt Campbell

Shreveport, LA

What are your previous degrees?
B.S. Biological Engineering, LSU
M.S. Biological and Agricultural Engineering, LSU

Who is your advisor?
Steven Hall

What is your research interest?
My research interest is in Coastal Aquaculture Engineering. Specifically the development of technology and methodology to grow coastal aquaculture sustainably.

What do you like most about BAE?
I love the connection of what we do to food security and creating jobs. I feel that the applied nature of our field is unique. I enjoy the culture of "hands-on" engineering.

What is a little known fact about you?

I have a bit of a travel addiction (I am in recovery though).

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dr. Castro-Bolinaga selected to attend ASCE Exceed teaching workshop

Dr. Castro-Bolinaga

Congratulations to Dr. Castro-Bolinaga on being selected as a 2017 ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) ExCEEd Fellow to participate in a six-day ExCEEd Teaching Workshop at the United States Military Academy in July.

The ExCEEd Teaching Workshop is a six-day practicum that provides engineering educators with an opportunity to improve their teaching abilities.  ASCE has successfully presented this workshop each summer for the past seventeen years.  Faculty members across the country and around the world have benefited from this workshop.

The Fellowship requires him to contribute to the improvement of teaching at NC State University, we are looking forward to him sharing his experience with the department this fall.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Four BAE grads present posters at Grad Symposium

Yinia Zhao - Improved Ammonia Emission Inventory for Animal Feeding
Operations in NC: A County Illustration - advisor Lingiuang Wang-Li

Amber Tsirnikas - Evaluating The Shape and Size Characteristics of
Sweetpotatoes Using Laser Image Analysis - advisor Mike Boyette

Bin Cheng - Spatial & Seasonal Variations of Atmospheric Chemistry
Conditions in the Southeastern U.S  - advisor Lingiuang Wang-Li

Also presenting was Simon Gregg however, no photo was taken.
This is a view of the event.

Dr. Lingiuang Wang-Li with graduate students Yinia Zhao and Bin Cheng.