Continual Innovation

Imagine...Continual Innovation

Innovation is exciting—and necessary. In ACES we focus on innovation not for its own sake, but to affect the way we live and work. Using science to stretch the frontiers of knowledge, we create new technologies, develop new processes, and change paradigms across a range of disciplines—food and agricultural systems, natural resources and the environment, human activities and health, energy and biological systems, and more. Research findings often lead to applications that were never anticipated, in areas that create entirely new opportunities.

ACES scientists merge expertise from multiple specialties to master problems in novel and multifaceted ways like combining pioneering biology with engineering principles to apply nanotechnology to animal and crop production.

Imagination breeds innovation in ACES, ranging from engineering and technology to biological and environmental systems, to natural and managed processes. We are advancing society’s pathways to progress as new ideas continually come to life in ACES.

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Highlighted Research

Dr. Scott Morris
Food packaging and processing
Dr. Scott Morris
Dr. Scott A. Morris’ laboratory tackles food processing and packaging problems from the very small to the very large. For example, Morris developed a method to visualize defects in the seals of plastic food packaging using a thermal tomography system. He has also used large-scale informatics to create an interdependent system that can catch contaminated products before they are sold.


Professor Tony Grift

In Introduction to Agricultural and Biological Engineering: Machine Systems (ABE 223), students are familiarized with basic fluid power and engine power using a hands-on approach. Students receive an overview on off-road equipment used in agriculture, such as fertilizer applicators and combine harvesters.

“The class is very hands-on,” says Professor Tony Grift, instructor for ABE 223