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    Nicholas M. Holden, University College Dublin

    Mary Leigh Wolfe, Virginia Tech

    Jactone A. Ogejo, Virginia Tech

    Enda J. Cummins, University College Dublin

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    ISBN 13: 9781949373974

    Publisher: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Virginia Tech Publishing

    Language: English

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    Table of Contents

    • Energy Systems
      • Bioenergy Conversion Systems
      • Biogas Energy from Organic Wastes
      • Biodiesel from Oils and Fats
      • Baling Biomass: Densification and Energy Requirements
    • Information Technology, Sensors, and Control Systems
      • Basic Microcontroller Use for Measurement and Control
      • Visible and Near Infrared Optical Spectroscopic Sensors for Biosystems Engineering
      • Data Processing in Biosystems Engineering
    • Machinery Systems
      • Traction
      • Crop Establishment and Protection
      • Grain Harvest and Handling
      • Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems in Agricultural Machinery
    • Natural Resources and Environmental Systems
      • Water Budgets for Sustainable Water Management
      • Water Quality as a Driver of Ecological System Health
      • Quantifying and Managing Soil Erosion on Cropland
      • Anaerobic Digestion of Agri-Food By-Products
      • Measurement of Gaseous Emissions from Animal Housing
    • Plant, Animal, and Facility Systems
      • Plant Production in Controlled Environments
      • Building Design for Energy Efficient Livestock Housing
    • Processing Systems
      • Freezing of Food
      • Principles of Thermal Processing of Packaged Foods
      • Deep Fat Frying of Food
      • Irradiation of Food
      • Packaging

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    About the Book

    The discipline of Biosystems Engineering emerged in the 1990s from the traditional strongholds of agricultural engineering and food engineering. Biosystems engineering integrates engineering science and design with applied biological, environmental, and agricultural sciences. Introduction to Biosystems Engineering is targeted at 1st and 2nd year university-level students with an interest in biosystems engineering but who are not yet familiar with the breadth and depth of the subject. It is designed as a coherent educational resource, also available for download as individual digital chapters. The book can be used as a localized, customizable text for introductory courses in Biosystems Engineering globally. It is written as a series of stand-alone chapters organized under six major topics: Food and Bioprocessing; Environment; Buildings and Infrastructure; Information and Communications Technology and Data; Machinery Systems; and Energy. Each chapter is organized around stated learning outcomes and describes key concepts, applications of the concepts, and worked examples.

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    About the Contributors


    Nicholas M. Holden is Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Head of Teaching and Learning in the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering at University College Dublin, where he has worked for the last 25 years. His research is focused on the environmental impact and sustainability of agriculture, and food systems. He teaches life cycle assessment, precision agriculture, and green technology project modules and is the Programme Director of the BAgrSc Agricultural Systems Technology programme. He has been an ASABE member for over 20 years.

    Mary Leigh Wolfe is Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech. After serving on the faculty at Texas A&M University for over six years, she moved to Virginia Tech in 1992. Recently, she served as head of the BSE department for over eight years. Her research and teaching has focused on hydrologic modeling, nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control strategies, and decision support tools for NPS pollution control and watershed management. She has also conducted research related to engineering education. She is a Fellow, past president, and life member of ASABE.

    Jactone A. Ogejo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech. His research and extension programs focus on improving the management and use of bioresidues from production agriculture and food processing. His work encompasses recovering value-added products from bioresidues, agricultural air quality, and, more importantly, advancing knowledge to increase the acceptance and adoption of technology for manure management on animal production farms. He has been an ASABE member since 1992.

    Enda J. Cummins is a Professor and Head of Research, Innovation and Impact in the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering at University College Dublin. His main research area is food safety, risk assessment, and predictive modelling, with a particular focus on implications for human health and environmental contamination. He teaches quantitative risk assessment, food physics, and research and teaching methods. He is Programme Director for the Masters of Engineering Science in Food Engineering at UCD. He has been an ASABE member since 2002.

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