Expertise DescriptionI have more than 25 years experience in the field of Biological and Agricultural Engineering with expertise in product development of chemical application and control systems. I have experience with CAD design of mechanical and hydraulic systems, teaching and development of courses in the areas of Agricultural Processing and Mechanical Systems. I have supported integration of hydraulic, electric, and mechanical systems during prototype/production builds, as well as done packline audits for mitigation of fruit damage, and designed and prototyped mobile construction equipment utilizing horizontal directional drilling (HDD) technology.
Areas of Expertise
I have worked in the post harvest chemical and equipment industry, along with many other agricultural material handling areas. I worked in several fruit packing houses across California, Oregon, Washington,
Texas, Florida, France and Italy, and corresponded with affiliates in Mexico and Chile. Much of the time I would provide equipment support and packline consulting after conducting audits of packline layout,
configuration and performance. I would look at things like mass flow rate, dump rates, chemical application rates, and mechanical fruit damage/attrition. I have worked with packlines for processing citrus, stone fruit (including cherries), apples and pears. I also have a network of people with who I would consult regarding the more biological factors such as decay, fruit quality, and phytotoxicity.
I have worked on equipment for handling winegrapes, processing tomatoes, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, flower seed, alfalfa, sudan, oat hay, pomegranates, gladiola flowers, among others that I can’t think of right now.
I currently teach an Agricultural Material course at a distinguished university where I evaluate a pilot scale fruit packline for citrus, avocado and kiwi.
|Ph.D.||Biological and Agricultural Engineering||University of California – Davis|
|B.S.||BioResource and Agricultural Engineering||University of California – Davis|
Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical Engineer), CA