Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering
Dr. Kathryn Farrell-Poe
The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) serves Arizona, the nation and the planet through education, research and extension that focus on applying engineering design and management to biological systems to achieve enhanced productivity and sustainability pertaining to Water Resources, Food Production, Bioenergy and Bioproducts. ABE offers residents of Arizona an opportunity to obtain an accredited engineering degree in Biosystems Engineering.
Agriculture Technology Education Center
Dr. Edward Franklin
The Agriculture Technology Education Center (ATEC) is a classroom and hands-on laboratory providing training for agricultural education and agriculture technology management students, and professional development for secondary instructors in agriculture science and career and technical education. Instructional areas include woodworking, concrete, welding, plumbing, turf irrigation, residential electrical wiring, water harvesting, surveying, small gas engine maintenance, agriculture power and machinery management.
Controlled Environment Agriculture Center
Dr. Murat Kacira
Director, Controlled Environment Agriculture Center
The Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) is a science- and engineering-based interdisciplinary program for education, research, outreach and project/business development with focus on controlled environment systems for food production. Improved resource utilization (water/nutrients, energy, labor and information) is achieved through studies in plant physiology and production, as well as, computer monitoring and control systems. Facilities include laboratories and greenhouses for research, teaching and demonstration/production, as well as, growth chambers and closed environment systems.
Food Product and Safety Laboratory
Dr. Samuel Garcia
Manager, Food Product and Safety Laboratory
Reserve Auditorium (CALS Only)
The Food Product and Safety Laboratory is a state of the art, USDA inspected processing facility with full harvesting facilities, processing and fabrication rooms, and an interactive auditorium classroom connected to the fabrication room that allows instructors to use actual carcasses and demonstrate processing techniques in the classroom for instruction in meat animal composition and food safety.
In addition, the Food Product and Safety Laboratory provides food product safety and testing services for the food industry and consumers. A full range of testing and services are available including microbial evaluation, nutritional label analyses and chemical composition and microbial analyses of food items. The UA Food Product and Safety facility is the only one of its kind at a University in the Southwest.
The CAC garage has 2 full time mechanics that repair and service over 300 fleet vehicles assigned to both the Campus Agricultural Center (CAC)and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). In addition, the facility is a certified State of Arizona emissions test center. Annual emission and vehicle safety inspections are also performed on all the eligible fleet vehicles.
Farm Supervisor, Senior
Our campus-based greenhouse facilities are also maintained for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) by the Tucson Area Agricultural Centers organization. The CALS Campus Greenhouse Facility provides controlled environmental growth rooms and greenhouse space for studies in plant-related sciences. The facility currently offers 14,752 square feet of greenhouse space. Support space totals 6,100 square feet, and includes four "head houses," several utility rooms, a central office, and two large walk-in growth rooms. For industry (non-University of Arizona research), the rental rate is $1.25 per square foot per month.
For more information on rates, please contact (520) 621-3246.
Karsten Turfgrass Reseach Facility
Business Manager, Senior
Karsten Research Facility Website
Reserve Now (CALS Only)
The Karsten Turfgrass Research Facility conducts relevant research and teaching in support of the turgrass industry. Research areas include turfgrass management, water use, nutrition, pathology and pest management. The turfgrass program also has significant extension and teaching components. Two faculty members of SPLS are associated with Turfgrass Research, Education, and Extension: David Kopec, Mohammad Pessarakli.There is also a reservable conference room.
William J. Parker Agricultural Research Center
Dr. Sean Limesand
Agriculture Research Center Website
The William J. Parker Agricultural Research Center is a one-of-a-kind environmental control facility that is unique in that it combines state-of-the-art environmental control capabilities, including solar radiation, for heat stress with the ability to simultaneously study expression of over 20,000 individual genes in cattle and sheep. The building includes environmental rooms that can mimic any climate or heat cycle, surgery suites and laboratory facilities. Phase II of the facility was complete in September, 2006 and a third phase is slated for construction in the future.