Engineering Research

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John R. Buchanan
Associate Professor
Wastewater Management

Jennifer M. DeBruyn
Associate Professor
Environmental Microbiology

David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products

William E. (Willie) Hart
Associate Professor
Power and machinery

Douglas G. (Doug) Hayes
Biological process engineering

Scott Lenaghan
Assistant Professor

Andrea Lorene Ludwig
Associate Professor
Ecological Engineering

Mark Thomas Morgan

Timothy G. (Tim) Prather
Extension Specialist I
Farm safety, AgrAbility, Energy, Geospatial

Art Ragauskas
Assistant Professor

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

John S. Tyner
Associate Professor

Alvin R. (Al) Womac
Equipment performance & environmental impact

Xiaofei (Philip) Ye
Value-added bioprocess engineering

Daniel C. Yoder
Soil and water engineering



Commendations Corner - October 2019, 11/23/2019

Partnership between UT Institute of Agriculture and National University of Ireland Galway addresses Common Concerns Plaguing both Countries, 8/23/2019

Commendations Corner - July 2019, 7/9/2019

UTIA Researchers Develop Kit for Chloroplast Engineering in Plants, 3/25/2019

UTIA/MTSU Partnership Establishes Organic Forage Cropping Systems, 3/8/2018

Faculty 360 | Tao Wu, 1/11/2018

New Ventures | Rapid Diagnostic Test Reduces Testing Time and Increases Accuracy, 11/22/2017

AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

A New Generation of Faculty, 8/2/2017

Department of Food Science Changes Name to Better Reflect Focus, 4/30/2017


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Intro to Biosystems Engineering 
Can we get more food, water, energy? Can we solve the problem of environmental degradation, drought, famine? Is it even possible? YES! Through Agricultural and Biological Engineers.


Recent Publications

Engineering designs for off-road vehicle rollover protection.  Ayers, P. D.  2019.  Poster presented at the 2019 ISTVS Conference. Prague, Czech Republic..

Engineering advances to improve the safety of agricultural machines.  Giovanni, M., P. D. Ayers, H. Meyer, and V. Rondelli.  2019.  Biosystems Engineering, 185 (2019) 1-3.

SYNPLASTOME: The challenge of engineering thefirst synthetic chloroplast genome in plants.  Lenaghan, S., A. Occhialini, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2019.  Plant Synthetic Biology, San Jose, Aug. 7-9.

Engineering costs of round bale switchgrass logistics.  Womac, A. R., M. D. Groothuis, K. J. Tiller, S. W. Jackson, and C. Dye.  2019.  In 2019 S-1075 The Science and Engineering for a Biobased Industry and Economy Poster Symposium Post, Editors: K. Rausch and M. Tumbleson.

Foldable ROPS lift assist design: Engineering controls to reduce tractor rollover fatalities.  Ayers, P. D., and F. Khorsandi.  2018.  Poster presented at the 2018 ASHCA Conference, Scottsdale, AZ..

Genetic Engineering Burney, J. L.  2018.  FCS Internal Resources for Agents.

The Sphagnome Project: enabling ecological and evolutionary insights through a genus‐level sequencing project D. Weston, P. Ranjan, et al.  2018.  New phytologist. [Abstract]

The plastid genome as a chassis for synthetic biology-enabled metabolic engineering: players in gene expression Schindel, H. S., A. A. Piatek, C. N. Stewart, Jr., and S. Lenaghan.  2018.  Plant Cell Reports, 37: 1419-1429.

Plant metabolic engineering in the synthetic biology era: plant chassis selection Stewart, Jr., C. N., N. Patron, A. D. Hanson, and J. M. Jez.  2018.  Plant Cell Reports, 37: 1357-1358.

Look Mom, Iím on an Engineering Design Team.  Swart, J. W., and J. K. Richards.  2018.  University of Tennessee Extension Publication, W526.

Be More: Traffic Engineering for Pedestrian Safety.  Wallace, H. S.  2018.  University of Tennessee Extension Publication.

Significant revision of ABET student learning outcomes for UT Biosystems Engineering Undergraduate program assessment with mapping to courses.  Womac, A. R.  2018.  UT BsE ABET Record of Action.