We seek to lead in creative, productive research involving
engineering and allied technologies in selected areas related to the production,
processing, storage, and distribution of agricultural, food, and other biological
products and the management of natural resources. Based on our resources
and the most pressing research needs, our high-priority research
areas during the next five years include:
Environmental Quality and Resource Conservation -- irrigation,
water management, water quality, soil conservation,
reclamation and restoration,
animal waste management,
onsite domestic wastewater renovation,
air quality, and other environmental issues.
Power and Machinery -- power unit and off-road
vehicle performance, traction, energy requirements for crop production,
biomass processing for biofuels,
biomass logistics of agricultural-produced plant materials,
forage harvesting and handling, technologies for application of plant protectants,
spray droplet dynamics,
conservation and no-tillage planting systems,
machine design and development, and mechanization.
Bio-processing -- fundamentals of food
and processing engineering, physical properties of biological materials,
drying, curing, osmotic dehydration, quality assessment, materials handling,
storage, controlled atmosphere packaging, and constituent extraction.
Instrumentation, Sensors, and Control Systems --
sensor development, process control,
data acquisition and signal processing, biosensors, sampling technologies,
feature extraction, human factors and ergonomics, geographic information
systems, global position sensing, and
spatially-variable detection and control in agriculture.