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Biosystems Engineering Laboratories

With 36,306 square feet of lab facilities, the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering has 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, and equine surfaces testing.

In total, the department has 20 labs where research is conducted on beer fermentation, water quality, precision agriculture, electric batteries, food engineering, microbiology, algae, and biofuels, engines, and welding and fabrication. Labs have broad analytical capabilities, skilled support staff, and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student involvement. Interested students should contact faculty to gauge funding opportunities.

Agricultural Machinery Research Laboratory and HVAC Training Facility

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. This facility provides key engineering, fabrication and machining support for a wide variety of teaching projects, particularly the capstone design course. Typically, undergraduate students are employed on various projects in this facility.

Field Work

Many students will have the opportunity to conduct field work. Locations include but are not limited to UK's North Farm, C. Oran Little Research Center, South Farm, and Eden Shale Farm.

Currently, the approximately 2,000-acre North Farm research includes initiatives, projects and programs in the departments of veterinary science, animal and food science, plant and soil science, biosystems and agricultural engineering, and entomology. The C. Oran Little Research Center houses UK's beef, swine and research units. The smaller South Farm has ongoing applied research projects. Eden Shale is a 971-acre learning and observational farm.

NTRA Charities Equine Surfaces and Safety Laboratory

The NTRA Charities Equine Surfaces and Safety Laboratory was funded starting in 2019 and focuses on improving the safety of racetrack and horse sports surfaces.Students in the Equine Surfaces Lab may have opportunities to work in the non-profit Racing Surfaces Testing Lab, which coordinates and carries out testing of surfaces for performance and race horses.

Computer Lab

The student computer lab has 18 personal computers and networked printers for BAE students, staff and faculty. Several specialized programs are installed on these computers, including: MATLAB, ArcInfo, SAS, Sigmaplot, AutoCAD, and Inventor.

Faculty Labs

Dr. Adedeji, Food Engineering Laboratory

Dr. Barzee, Barzee Bioprocessing Laboratory

Dr. Messer, mesoProgram

Dr. Shi, Shi Lab

Additional Resources

The department publishes a weekly lab-safety video series called Lab Blab to help new undergraduate and graduate students learn best practices for lab work. Watch Lab Blab on YouTube.

College of Engineering Facilities

Learn about the Barnhart Building and labs available to Biosystems Engineering students, including the WAARP lab.