Written by: Staff
The Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering moved up to the top of the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings for undergraduate engineering programs.
These engineers use technology such as robotics, sensors, computer models and satellites to make a cleaner, more sustainable environment. They maintain plentiful, clean water, and make healthier and safer foods. They provide clean, efficient energy and develop innovative machines.
The department is located on Texas A&M’s main campus in historic Scoates Hall. Built in 1932, the Agricultural Engineering Building, now known as Daniels Scoates Hall, was designed to provide agricultural engineering instruction, research and extension.
The building features a beautiful wrought iron doorway, exterior ornamentation, and a highly decorated foyer and lecture room. The lecture hall originally contained a stenciled-tile ceiling, an ornate chandelier, a wooden turntable, and murals.
The frieze was painted for the building opening in 1933, followed by the six-panel color mural in 1939 at the request of Daniel Scoates, the department head at the time.
Texas artist, Gertrude Babcock created both artworks which depict agriculture, industry, Texas landscape and the impact of the agricultural engineering profession. The paneled mural is an excellent example of the Southwest Regionalism style, and is recognized for its historical significance, including listing as the second entry in Texas A&M University’s fine art collection.