Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is a special place.

We continue to honor the land-grant mission of research, teaching and outreach that changes lives. We are very fortunate to have had a good foundation laid by those who came before us. And, because of our loyal alumni and friends, the word is spreading across Tennessee and beyond.

The Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at UTIA is grateful to have been a part of your educational experience. Your ongoing support is essential for our continued success, especially as we continue the strong growth in the size and quality of our undergraduate programs. Your gift to our department will help:

Support student travel to participate in regional and national competitions. Each year, our students participate in a wide range of discipline-specific student competitions. For example, in the fall the Biosystems Engineering students will travel to another campus in the southeast for the ASABE Rally, which provides networking opportunities along with academic competitions. Our soil judging team, the "Soil Vols," will compete in a regional soil judging completion, typically spending nearly a week in the field.

In the spring, if the soil judging places well in the regional competition as they have over the past 4 years, they will qualify for the national competition, taking them to challenging landscapes all across the country. Our Senior Design teams in the Biosystems Engineering program submit their entries to the National ASABE student design competitions, where they have recently performed well. In 2013, our teams placed 2nd and 3rd, while in 2012 we had three 1st place finishes.

Support the development of teaching modules in our new Biosystems Engineering Innovation and Learning Hub. This new classroom/lab will employ state-of–the–art technology to reinforce engineering principles as applied to biological systems. We plan to develop physical displays with sensors and wireless technology to bring real-time data and observations into the classroom to allow students to model response and design control systems. We also will develop hands-on modules demonstrating the fundamental engineering principles.

An undergraduate student to gain hands-on research experience in a laboratory or field-based research program within the department, better preparing them for the workplace or graduate school.

Thanks to our donors, this is a time of unparalleled success for the Institute. With your support, we can achieve continued greatness.

Yours truly,
Julie Carrier
Department Head
Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science