Food & Agriculture

Today in the US, the number of farmers who actually work the land is very small - only around 1% of the population. Yet a trip to the local supermarket shows no shortage of food. How is his possible?

In the past 60, huge advances have been made in the way our food is produced and delivered to your table. Machines that reduce the amount of manual labor required to plant and harvest crops, better methods to package and transport food products, and even new types of foods have all contributed to our society’s ability to feed itself.

Engineers help to develop all of those technologies used to plant, protect, harvest, prepare, and ship food. Engineers are developing technologies not only help feed us, but also protect the environment and make more efficient use of natural resources.

  • Jessye Bemley
    Research Assistant, PhD Candidate
    North Carolina A&T State University
    Greensboro, NC, United States
  • Kristen Sanderson
    Systems Engineer
    GE Energy Management
    FL
  • Nesli  Kohen Posted on October 13, 2012 by Nesli Kohen
    Iceberg Below the Water: The Ice-Cream Process
    It is 10 pm at night, perfect time for a sweet snack to end the day on a sweet note. You put your sweatshirt on and head to the deli around the corner. You open the fridge right behind the entrance and grab a pint of vanilla ice-cream with chunks of cookie dough and chocolate chips. All you want to do is rush home, take a spoon and start devouring the pint until it all melts in your mouth and brings a huge smile to your face. This story only reveals the tip of the iceberg but there is a very long and tedious process put into making ice cream and delivering to your door. For the last 2 years, I have been working as a Supply Manager in one of the biggest global organizations that produce Ice-Cream. I want to explain to you the process of making ice cream from beginning to end and what type of engineers are involved with the process.
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    Resource Added: October 13, 2012

    Latest Update: October 13, 2012

  • Simil  Raghavan Posted on August 28, 2012 by Simil Raghavan
    Nesli Kohen
    A Day in My Life: "My typical day consists of meeting with a number of people and getting updates on the existing projects. I meet with current and new suppliers, marketing colleagues, R&D technologists, production planners and others who take part in the decision process for a new product."
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    Resource Added: August 28, 2012

    Latest Update: October 13, 2012

  • Egirl   Team Posted on August 8, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Chocolate
    What does engineering have to do with chocolate? Creating your favorite candy bars is a complicated process during which thousands of pounds of chocolate, sugar, milk, and other raw ingredients are pumped, blended, mixed, cooked and formed into those familiar treats.
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    Resource Added: August 8, 2012

    Latest Update: October 3, 2013

  • Nesli Kohen
    Supply Manager
    Unilever
    New York, NY, United States
  • Jocelyn Clapper Posted on July 26, 2012 by Jocelyn Clapper
    Jocelyn Clapper
    I liked chemistry and math in high school. At first I wanted to be a chemist and started going to college for chemistry, but then I found that chemical engineering wouldn't keep me stuck in a laboratory all day so I changed and I think I really found my niche.
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    Resource Added: July 26, 2012

    Latest Update: February 27, 2014

  • Egirl   Team Posted on July 20, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Sara DaSilva
    A Day in My Life: "One thing I've been really encouraged by in the past few years is the growing number of women engineers in my company that I've been able to work with and meet."
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    Resource Added: July 20, 2012

    Latest Update: October 9, 2012

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