BAEN Centennial Celebration

In 1915 Agricultural Engineering recognized as distinct department

Harris P. Smith discusses cotton harvesting equipment in the lecture hall. The tractors are on the wooden turntable that allowed rotation for better views by the students. (baen.tamu.edu)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — On July 6, 1915, the Agricultural Engineering Department was established as an autonomous department within the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas.  Agricultural Engineering related courses had been taught under the Agronomy and Civil Engineering Departments for several years, but in 1915, the discipline was recognized as distinct and worthy to be a separate department.  Agricultural Engineering began with just one faculty member, Elmer Gee; today, 100 years later, the department has 37 faculty members, 310* undergraduate and 100 graduate students, extensive research projects, and contributes to a variety of fields including water resources, renewable energy, food processing and food safety, environmental quality, and precision agriculture.

In 2001, the name was changed to Biological and Agricultural Engineering to more fully recognize the changing curriculum taught within one of Texas A&M Universities oldest educational departments. Degrees are offered in Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Systems Management.

On October 9th and 10th, 2015 the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department will officially celebrate its 100 year birthday with a two-day long celebration commemorating the department’s past, its present and its future.  Please join the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in celebrating this historic milestone and help kick off the next 100 years!

Highlights for the day include…

  • Pictures with Ms. Rev @ 2pm on October 9th
  • AggieWranglers @ 1:15pm on October 9th
  • Valley Junction Bluegrass Band @ 3:30pm until 5pm on October 9th
  • Large equipment display outside Scoates Hall (October 9th and 10th)
  • Lab demonstrations (October 9th and 10th)
  • Formal banquet @6pm on October 9th

Looking for more information? Visit our BAEN Centennial website for details at http://baen.tamu.edu/centennial/events/.

Interested in getting involved?  Please contact Stormy Kretzschmar at stormyk@tamu.edu or 979.845.6658.

—College of Agricultural and Life Sciences,
Texas A&M

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