ABE is International: Asia

November 14, 2018

This week for our international activity spotlight we're looking at Asia. With activities all over Asia, this blog post includes a visit to Vietnam, research in India, study abroad in Israel and teaching in China. Read more...


ABE is International: Europe and More

November 6, 2018

We're kicking of our month of international features with our neighbors across the pond. See what work faculty and students are doing in Euorpe and other international activites they are a part of. Read more...


National Nanotechnology Day: Q&A with Dr. Bin Gao

By Dr. Bin Gao, October 8, 2018

October 8 is National Nanotechnology Day and we are celebrating with a Question and Answer session with Dr. Bin Gao, Professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering department at the University of Florida. Dr. Gao specializes in environmental nanotechnology, biochar, and contaminant fate and transport. Read this Q&A session for more on Dr. Gao's research in nanotechnology and how nanotechnology can have an impact on the world. Read more...


New Equipment and Tech in the Classroom

September 13, 2018

UF/IFAS ABE has introduced a new initiative this year that allows teaching faculty to request funds to support their teaching efforts. A total of $4000 has been made available through departmental funds for an annual competitive, peer-reviewed teaching support mini-grant of up to $1000. An emphasis is placed on requests that focus on improving in-class instruction through teaching aides, demonstrations, software and more. Four proposals were chosen for this award in fall 2018 and were submitted by Drs. Pelletier and Pullammanappallil, Dr. Lee, Dr. Watson and Dr. Burks. Read more...


Aerial Mapping in Agriculture in Support of Water Management and Improved Efficiency

By Dr. Aditya Singh, August 31, 2018

This research is aimed at assisting the refinement and improvement of aerial mapping in agriculture to support irrigation management and improving water use efficiencies. In brief: small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) equipped with optical, multispectral and thermal sensors will be used to map three sod production farms to identify areas of potential under and over irrigation on a near-real time basis. A key output of this research will be the development of algorithms that translate data, such weather data and UAS imagery, into actionable information that can be used by growers to improve efficiency and profitability of their operations. Read more...


Agricultural Intensification in Semi-Arid Kenya: Tradeoffs with Livelihoods and Ecosystem Services

August 22, 2018

Laikipia County rests in the heart of Kenya, beneath the second tallest mountain on continental Africa to the southeast and the Great Rift Valley to the west. Its resilient, semi-arid savannah is home to vast iconic wildlife including the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo) and the threatened Grevy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, and White Rhinoceros. Stress has increased in the water-dependent ecosystem of Sub-Saharan Africa due to climatic changes, population increases, and the growing disparity between supply and demand for natural resources. Smallholder farms along the Northern reaches of the Ewaso Ng’iro River are expanding, threatening the environment through unsustainable practices. Yet, these farmers livelihoods are under threat as well. Read more...


UAV-based Smart Detection Systems Utilizing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

By Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, August 8, 2018

The UF/IFAS ABE Precision Agriculture Engineering program at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center explores unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for agriculture and natural systems, smart sensors and machinery, mechatronics, robotic, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), machine vision, automation, remote sensing, wireless sensor network, and big data applications. Housed at the SWFREC, this program is led by ABE Assistant Professor Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis. Read more...


SmartPath Technology to Lead to Smart Farm Irrigation

By Brad Buck, July 31, 2018

By testing new technology, University of Florida scientists will work with  growers to encourage their use of alternatives to fresh water by using new smart irrigation systems.

This way, growers can lower their risk of transferring pathogens from water to crops, said Eric McLamore, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Read more...


Robert E. Stewart Engineering-Humanities Award

By Ian Hahus, July 31, 2018

For those of you who don’t know me, I have been a land and water resources Ph.D. student under Dr. Kati Migliaccio for the past four years and am graduating this August! I was asked to write a short blog post about the Robert E. Stewart Engineering Humanities Award that I’ll be receiving next week at American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting in Detroit, Michigan. This award is given in honor of a former president of ASABE Robert E. Stewart to “acknowledge and perpetuate his lifelong dedication to the social and cultural contributions that agricultural engineering makes to the quality of life and to the application of the humanities to engineering research, design, developments, and teaching.” Read more...


What's The Deal With Human Migration?

By Dr. Rachata Muneepeerakul, July 23, 2018

You hear about migration a lot on the news these days; it’s happening around the world. This is an important problem with far-reaching consequences. In this project, we aim to develop a modeling framework that integrates existing migration theories and use it to further develop an integrative theory of the interplay between human migration and environmental changes. While we will focus on the linkage between human migration and environmental forcing, the other forces—economic, political, and social—are of course at play; and these are notoriously difficult to capture in a model. All of these elements make this project both daunting and exciting to work on!

We have assembled the team of researchers from three universities—the University of Florida, Columbia University, and East Carolina University—with complementary expertise: migration, dynamical system modeling, multilayer network approaches, social network analysis, hydrological and climate modeling, Bayesian inference, and global sensitivity analysis. Read more...


Congratulations to our Faculty's Tenure and Promotions

By ABE

UF/IFAS Agricultural and Biological Engineering is proud to congratulate our faculty members on their tenure and promotions. Dr. Nikolay Bliznyuk has been awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor, Dr. Clyde Fraisse has been promoted to Professor, Dr. Jasmeet Judge has been promoted to Professor, and Dr. Greg Kiker has been promoted to Professor. Read more...


ABE Professor Emeritus Elected CIGR Secretary-General

By ABE and Dr. Fedro Zazueta

Dr. Fedro Zazueta, Professor Emeritus in UF/IFAS Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was elected to a four-year term as Secretary-General to the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR).

The International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) was established in Liege, Belgium in 1930. The purpose of the society is to bring together engineers and related professionals with an aim to improve the outcomes generated by the profession. CIGR is an association of societies and its members are regional societies as well as national societies.

CIGR sponsors the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (iAABE).  This academy was established to recognize individuals of great character that have made substantial contributions to engineering. Read more...


ABE Launches New Website Design

By ABE

The UF/IFAS ABE department is excited to announce our new website design.

This website was redesigned with our users in mind and represents our department as a whole. This redesign is one of the many aspects being implemented to the UF/IFAS ABE department’s communication to encourage connection with our audiences inside and outside of the department. Read more...


Campbell Graduate Student Travel Scholarship

By ABE
Photos by ABE and Marco Pazmiño-Hernandez

Three Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) students have been awarded the Ken and Cindy Campbell Graduate Student Travel Scholarship to support their travel, conference and research efforts in water resources.

The Ken and Cindy Campbell Graduate Fellowship was created in 2015 to support graduate students researching water-related issues in the ABE department at the University of Florida/IFAS. This travel scholarship is created from these endowment funds to further support graduate students. Ken Campbell is a Professor Emeritus in the UF ABE department where he served on the faculty for 35 years. His research on water pollution and the reduction of agriculture’s impact on water quality degradation has been critical to the adoption of soil and water management practices in Florida. Read more...