Labs

The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering is located in the bottow two floors of Barnhart, which is in the College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) complex south of central campus. The department has available 49,252 square feet in offices, classrooms and laboratories. Each floor has a gross area of 604 m2 (6,500 ft2) and contains central rooms and 21 perimeter offices. The University maintains one classroom on the second floor; the Department maintains a computer laboratory on the first floor, and an engineering design laboratory (Room 236) on the second floor, which is used for instruction.
 

The department's laboratory facilities, featuring 36,306 square feet, are attached to the Barnhart office tower. This space includes a long (>100m) central hallway with laboratories for electronics, mechanical fabrication, wet chemistry, material properties analysis and fermentation technologies on one side and large high-bay laboratories for controlled environment systems, grain handling, machinery systems, food engineering, biomechanics and bioprocess engineering on the other.

Two large arms off this central corridor provide additional labs housing controlled temperature-humidity units, fabrication areas for student and research projects, and a series of bays for soil and machinery interaction testing, surface and sub-surface hydrology, and waste management. Lab 153 is dedicated to electronics and instrumentation instruction.

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, four to twelve undergraduate students are employed on various projects in this facility.

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

  • Microsoft Office
  • Visio
  • Ansys
  • ArcInfo
  • EndNote 2x
  • Microsoft Expression Web 2
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Enterprise
  • SAS
  • Sigmaplot
  • AutoCAD
  • ProE
  • Inventor

Specialized Labs

Other specialized laboratory facilities are maintained by the respective faculty members. Various pieces of state-of-the-art equipment that are purchased for research projects are also utilized for teaching. This equipment is updated as new research projects are initiated.

There is also a full-time staff member committed to support of electronics and instrumentation. Though this person supports research activities as well, a significant portion of his time is committed to the support of instruction in instrumentation, and in that capacity, also supports the computing resources for teaching.

The department supports three full-time staff managers to oversee the mechanical fabrication, wet chemistry, and general laboratory areas, respectively. In addition, several other full-time staff assist in the maintenance and use of laboratory facilities.

 

Lab Equipment

  • Electronics laboratory with 7 stations equipped with pc, microcontroller programmers, and basic electronics test equipment including digital oscilloscope, power supply, function generator, and digital multimiters
  • 2 NIST traceable dewpoint hygrometers
  • Soil bin for tillage, compaction, and traction testing
  • Flumes for hydrology exercises
  • 2 Thermal imaging cameras
  • Armfield hydraulics training bench
  • Various GPS equipment including 13 handheld GPS receivers, 12 PDA’s with CF GPS, 6 submeter GPS receivers, and 8 RTK GPS receivers
  • Dynamic GPS test facility
  • Air flow calibration chamber
  • Grain storage and handling laboratory with several large bins and various conveyors
  • 8 pneumatic and fluid power trainer benches
  • PTO-driven dynamometer
  • Yield monitor test facility
  • Various farm equipment including 3 tractors with autosteer, combine, high clearance self propelled sprayer, planters, tillage tools, and manure handling and application equipment
  • Instron universal testing apparatus
  • 7 temperature/humidity environmental chambers
  • Various 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)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
    Gas Chromatography (GC)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Near Infrared Analyzer
  • YSI 7100 Multiparameter Bioanalytical System (MBS)