Undergraduate Student Testimonials

Alysa Gauci '19

 With graduation quickly approaching, it is difficult to fathom that four short years ago I was aimlessly wandering around campus trying to find both the Corley Building and what exactly Biosystems Engineering meant. I eventually found the Corley Building, and it would soon become where I spent most of my time. As far as finding out the meaning of Biosystems Engineering, that took a little more time. However, I quickly learned that there is no exact meaning due to the limitless possibilities and I could truly make it my own, and that is what happened over the past four years.

Overall, my biosystems career was focused within the agricultural industry. I had the opportunity to learn about precision agriculture by using UAV’s to monitor plant health and crop productivity. I gained a publication as first author, my remote pilot’s license, and an incredible mentor throughout this process. When I was not in the field flying drones, I proudly served as a member of both Alpha Epsilon and ASABE. By being a member of ASABE, I found ways to give back to my community, department, and students, and ultimately served as President of our student branch. Outside of the classroom, I was able to network and meet industry professionals at conferences on behalf of ASABE and the BSEN department. Whether I was at one of these conferences hundreds of miles away or sitting in the lobby of Corley, something I realized from the beginning was I was always and was always going to be a part of the BSEN family. Aside from the incredible opportunities provided, my experience as a student would not have been complete without the faculty and staff of our department. One of the things I appreciate most about my undergraduate experience was always being greeted with a warm smile, having professors and staff go above and beyond any time I needed help, and most importantly, always having a group of people surrounding me that believed in me 100%. Although my time as a BSEN student is ending, I will hold closely the experiences I have had through department and all the ones who made it possible.

Rosia Rowe '19

  I joined the Biosystems Engineering Department in 2015 as a second-year student. I was a part of a different engineering department at Auburn University, but I did not feel that that career trajectory fit my future goals. When faced with the decision of switching majors, I was able to speak with different faculty, professors, and administrators within the biosystems engineering department. I was introduced to the various opportunities that biosystems engineering can lead to, left me with an important decision to make. At the time, I was a Spanish language minor, and had been going through the process of making the transition to become a concurrent degree holder in Spanish and engineering. I had concerns about being able to manage the work load necessary to manage switching majors while adding a second. I then had the opportunity sit down and speak with Dr. Fasina about the curriculum, former students who also studied language, the course load, and what I could realistically expect when making the transition. After taking time to deliberate, I switched majors­ which has been one of the best decisions I have made during my tenure at Auburn.

The Biosystems Engineering Department is one of the smaller engineering departments at Auburn University, which is something that I valued as a student who came from a smaller high school. The faculty and professors are highly accessible and available to assist students at all levels both in and out of the parameters of office hours. As a sophomore, I experienced the same level of attention and access to faculty as I have had as a senior. This level of availability has been invaluable and helped balance the rigor of the program. The curriculum is fast-paced and challenging, but manageable with proper time-management practices. While a student in the department, I have been able to concurrently pursue a concurrent Bachelor’s in Spanish, work as a Resident Assistant on campus, be involved as an executive officer and committee member within the National Society of Black Engineers, study abroad in Madrid, Spain, and intern at the Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization while maintaining the qualifications for a National Achievement academic scholarship. I have had the opportunity to experience a well-rounded collegiate experience, I have formed excellent relationships with professors and fellow students, and I am excited to be graduating with my peers this May.



Josh Starling '19

  My time in the Biosystems Engineering department has been incredibly rewarding and full of opportunity. The department is very tight-knit, so I was attracted to the strong relationships and common interests among the students. Once I declared my major, I quickly made new friends, and I immediately knew that I had chosen the right path. I had several opportunities to become involved in both the Biosystems department and the College of Engineering. I served as a tutor for the Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program and as an engineering student tutor for Engineering Student Services. I was also elected Vice President of the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

The rigorous coursework of the program challenged me both mentally and physically; however, they gave me the tools that I needed to succeed in the workforce. I completed an engineering co-op with Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI) in Atlanta, Georgia, where I spent 7 months working on numerous client projects and utilized the skills that I learned in the classroom. Upon graduation, I will return to Freese and Nichols as a full-time Engineer-In-Training. I attribute my success to the educational, professional, and technical background that I received from the faculty and staff in the Biosystems Engineering department. This department models the Auburn Creed, and emphasizes the verse “I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.” It is because of my experience with the Biosystems Engineering department and Auburn University that I believe in Auburn and love it.

Nathan Ibanez '19 


I will never forget the day I decided to change my major to Biosystems Engineering. I remember being welcome with open arms by Dr. Fasina and Dr. Adhikari who kindly told me about the program. At first it was hard and a lot of work since I had to take 15 hours of engineering supportive classes during one summer to being able to graduate on time. Fast forward two years down the road and I am glad I did. Being a Biosystems student has been one of the greatest titles I have ever had. This major has taught me so much ranging from fluid mechanics to irrigation system design. It hasn’t been easy at all, but one thing I can tell is that it has been very rewarding. As I approach my graduation date, many memories come to me. All of the friendships I’ve made and all of the things I’ve learned. If I could go back in time I would do it all again. I love this department and I hope to see it flourish at time goes by.


Bailey Rathmann '19 


  My interest in Biosystems Engineering started when I was very young. I grew up in Destin, Florida my whole life so the environment has had a huge impact on my life. By growing up on the beach, I understand the importance of maintaining the environment. The need for Biosystems Engineering is not only in the United States but all over the globe. I was able to participate in the AU Engineering TYUST and BUCEA Program in Taiyuan and Beijing, China the summer of 2016. Through this amazing study abroad opportunity, I was able to see the global need for progressive, environmentally conscious engineering methods. There is a desperate need in West China for clean water for drinking and farming. BUCEA has a Rain Research Lab inside their Urban Storm Water System and Water Environment Laboratory.With this research, China could find ways for the people of all different climates to grow crops for food. By seeing this lab and listening to the researchers, I finally realized the global need for Biosystems Engineers. 

Upon completing my education at Auburn University, I plan on working at a company that integrates environmentally conscious ideas with business. There is a worldwide movement for businesses to adopt environmentally conservative habits. No matter how much technology changes the common denominator throughout time is the environmental impact. Therefore, I would love nothing more than to help in this movement to preserve this great planet we inhabit. There are many companies that are practicing environmentally friendly efforts by minimizing excess water use, recycling old materials, and using more energy efficient machines. My goal is to be able to work at a company that I can integrate Biosystems Engineering and Business. I believe the impact of this movement will benefit everyone.


Nick Kellenberger '19 


  Upon enrolling in Auburn my senior year of high school, I had zero foresight of my future education or career path. I was a kid who was decent at science and math, and was encouraged to pursue engineering despite having no idea what being an engineer meant. During the orientation course in my first semester I learned about the Biosystems program, and being an outdoorsy kid from an agricultural area like Dothan, AL, I felt an immediate affinity. I took the Biosystems section of Intro to Engineering and my initial decision to stick with it was based on the idea that this discipline seemed like the best option for an aspiring engineer that preferred being outside to sitting at a desk. I could not be happier with this decision, being that the program now means so much more to me than just getting away from a computer.

The sense of family in this department is astounding. Being one of the smaller majors on campus, The Corley Building has felt like a home since my first real BSEN courses. The faculty has always been welcoming and available, willing to discuss anything from last night’s homework to our weekend plans. They focus on more than just engineering principles, but also shaping your life and career into what you want. The students here are more than a just a group of peers. Being in the same courses since sophomore year has instilled a solidarity in my graduating class. We have been able to get to know each other and see each other develop, not only as individuals but as a team. For these reasons, along with the heavy emphasis on a practical education within the department, I am confident that Biosystems Engineering has provided me with me all the tools, knowledge, and resources I need to have a happy and successful life past college.


Parker Satterfield '19 


  I started out in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn because I was interested in working with renewable energy after graduation. In almost no time, I could tell it was not fit for me. While sitting in engineering orientation the representative from biosystems engineering came to give his presentation on the major. He talked about the increasing global population who struggled to meet food, water, and energy demands. He talked about how the United States accounts for only 5% of global population, yet 25% of energy consumption, and he talked about how there are better alternatives to our current forms of energy production. Then he talked about how biosystems engineering focused on finding solutions to these problems. While everyone else was looking at their phones, I had found what I wanted to do in college.

That afternoon, I went to Shelby, grabbed my folder, walked over to Corley, and never looked back. Just like any other major, my experience in the biosystems department consisted of big projects, hard work, lots of studying, and late nights. What you will not find in other majors, however, is the sense of family and passion that the biosystems department brings.  Every single person in the Corley building is there to help find solutions to Earth’s inevitable problems involving food, water, energy, environment, and health. I will never forget my experience as a biosystems engineering student, and I am proud to leave Auburn with a Bachelors of Biosystems Engineering.


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Last Updated: 6/19/19 8:53 AM