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The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering has 36,306 square feet of lab facilities, with the scope to handle a wide variety of engineering projects, including electronics and instrumentation, mechanical fabrication, wet chemistry, material properties analysis and fermentation technologies, controlled environment systems, grain handling, machinery systems, food engineering, biomechanics, and bioprocess engineering. Additional laboratories house controlled temperature-humidity units, a dedicated fabrication area for student senior design projects, and a series of bays for soil and machinery interaction testing, surface and sub-surface hydrology and waste management.

Three full-time staff managers oversee the mechanical fabrication, wet chemistry and general laboratory areas. In addition, several other full-time staff assist in the maintenance and use of laboratory facilities.

The department also maintains the Agricultural Machinery Research Laboratory and HVAC Training Facility, a 17,000 square-foot steel structure located near the football stadium. Four full-time staff are employed and housed in this facility, providing key engineering, fabrication and machining support for a wide variety of teaching projects, particularly the capstone design course. Typically, between four and 12 undergraduate students are employed on various projects in this facility.

Computer Lab

The student computer lab has 18 personal computers and networked printers for BAE students, staff and faculty. One full-time staff member is committed fully to oversight and maintenance of the computing and network resources. Several specialized programs are installed on these computers, including:

  • MATLAB
  • ArcInfo
  • SAS
  • Sigmaplot
  • AutoCAD
  • Inventor

Lab Equipment

  • Electronics teaching laboratory with 6 stations equipped with pc, microcontroller programmers and basic electronics test equipment including digital oscilloscope, power supply, function generator and digital multimeters
  • Electronics research laboratory equipped with a reflow soldering oven, rework soldering stations, various multirotor unmanned aircraft systems, visible and multispectral remote sensing cameras, and photogrammetry software.
  • NIST traceable pressure calibrators
  • NIST traceable dewpoint hygrometers
  • Flumes for hydrology exercises
  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Armfield hydraulics training bench
  • Surveying equipment including multiple RTK GNSS systems and robotic total stations
  • Grain storage and handling laboratory with several large bins and various conveyors
  • Pneumatic and fluid power trainer benches
  • PTO-driven dynamometer
  • Various farm equipment
  • 7 temperature/humidity environmental chambers
  • Wood and metal fabrication equipment including a CNC milling machine, computerized plasma cutting table and state-of-the-art welding equipment
  • UV-Visible spectrophotometer (UV-Vis spec)
  • UV, visible, and near infrared spectrometers
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas Chromatography (GC)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Near Infrared Analyzer
  • YSI 7100 Multiparameter Bioanalytical System (MBS)