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Daniel Yoder

Assistant Department Head & Professor | Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
Teaching Focus

Engineering Design Stormwater Management Hydrologic Monitoring

Research Focus

Stormwater management Erosion and Sediment Control Water quality Control Hydrologic monitoring

Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

BSE 104 - Design Apprenticeship
1 credit hour(s)

Exposure to design in biosystems engineering through apprenticeship with senior design teams in BSE 402. Apprentices will assist with design, construction, testing, analysis, and presentation of project. Will also include background in engineering design, engineering project management, and engineering design tools.

Contact Hour Distribution: 2-hour lab.
(RE) Corequisite(s): EF 151* or EF 157* or EF 142*.

BSE 201 - Career Opportunities
1 credit hour(s)

Activities and opportunities in the fields of specialization; required training for each area; projected career activities.

BSE 400 - Design Project I
2 credit hour(s)

With BSE 402, this course comprises the biosystems engineering two-semester project sequence, in which student teams must tackle a stated problem, designing, building, and testing a prototype to determine success at meeting client performance criteria. This culminates the curriculum with a major design experience based on knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework and incorporating engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints. Includes development of a major design proposal, including engineering analyses, extensive documentation, and a culminating group presentation.

(RE) Prerequisite(s) : Three of BSE 411 or BSE 417; BSE 426 or BSE 427; BSE 431 or BSE 437; BSE 451 or BSE 457.
(RE) Corequisite(s): BSE 404 and BSE 444.

BSE 402 - Design Project II
5 credit hour(s)

Culmination of capstone design sequence. Intensive design experience on project chosen and approved in 401. Analysis, construction, testing, evaluation, and reporting required. Periodic oral and written reports and submission of design to external engineering design competition or display required. Satisfies Volunteer Core Requirement: (EI)
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : BSE 400 and BSE 404 and BSE 444.
(RE) Corequisite(s): BSE 403.

Other Instructors: Carrier, Julie

BSE 404 - Engineering Project Management
3 credit hour(s)

Fundamentals and theory of engineering design and engineering project management, ethical and legal responsibilities in biosystems engineering, incorporation of economic considerations in engineering design, individual professional development, and multiple oral presentations of technical information related to the senior design project. Satisfies Volunteer Core Requirement: (OC) Satisfies General Education Requirement through the 2021-2022 academic catalog: (OC).
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : Three of BSE 411 or BSE 417; BSE 426 or BSE 427; BSE 431 or BSE 437; BSE 451 or BSE 457.
(RE) Corequisite(s): BSE 400 and BSE 444.

BSE 525 - Soil Erosion and Sediment Yield
3 credit hour(s)

Theory of soil erosion and sediment yield processes from disturbed land; methods and computer models for estimating sediment yield. Erosion and sediment control theory and management practices. Local and state regulations. Cross-listed: (See Environmental Engineering 525.)
(DE) Prerequisite(s): Biosystems Engineering 416.
Recommended Background: Civil Engineering 494.

BSE 530 - Research Problems in Biosystems Engineering
1 - 3 credit hours

Theoretical and experimental studies relating to current problems in biosystems engineering.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.

Other Instructors: Hayes, Douglas Gordon | Gan, Hao

BSET 574 - Environmental Instrumentation and Monitoring
3 credit hour(s)

Equipment and techniques commonly used to measure all aspects of hydrologic cycle: precipitation, runoff, streamflow, subsurface water movement. Sampling of all flows for contaminants. Design of monitoring systems. Analysis of data.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. Credit Restriction: Students cannot receive credit for both CSAS 474 and BSET 574.
(RE) Corequisite(s): 506.
Recommended Background: Hydrology.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level - graduate.

CSAS 474 - Environmental Instrumentation and Monitoring
3 credit hour(s)

Equipment and techniques commonly used to measure all aspects of hydrologic cycle – precipitation, runoff, streamflow, and subsurface water movement. Sampling of all flows for contaminants. Design of monitoring systems. Analysis of data. Credit Restriction: Students cannot receive credit for both 474 and 574.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : ESS 424.

CSM 474 - Environmental Instrumentation and Monitoring
3 credit hour(s)

Equipment and techniques commonly used to measure all aspects of hydrologic cycle – precipitation, runoff, streamflow, and subsurface water movement. Sampling of all flows for contaminants. Design of monitoring systems. Analysis of data. Credit Restriction: Students cannot receive credit for both CSM 474 and BSET 574.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : ESS 424.

ENVE 525 - Soil Erosion and Sediment Yield
3 credit hour(s)

Theory of soil erosion and sediment yield processes from disturbed land; methods and computer models for estimating sediment yield. Erosion and sediment control theory and management practices. Local and state regulations. Cross-listed: (Same as Biosystems Engineering 525.)
Recommended Background: Civil Engineering 494 or Biosystems Engineering 416.

ESS 326 - GIS/GPS Applications in Agriculture and Environmental Science
3 credit hour(s)

Introduction to the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in agriculture, natural resources, and environmental science. Topics covered will include GIS software and concepts, LIDAR, mobile GIS, data acquisition, online mapping, and spatial analysis of data to solve problems. Case studies in environmental planning, land use, water quality, watershed management, and waste pollution will be used to provide hands-on experience with these emerging technologies.

Recommended Background: Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and file management are highly recommended.

Other Instructors: Logan, Joanne

ESS 603 - Seminar
1 credit hour(s)

Presentations and discussion of current scientific material.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 3 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Biosystems Engineering major, Biosystems Engineering Technology major, or Plant, Soil, and Environmental Science major – minimum student level, graduate.

Other Instructors: Essington, Michael E

Daniel Yoder image
317 Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences Office Building
2506 E J Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4531
Education and Training
  • Doctorate, Agricultural Engineering, Purdue Univ West Lafayette*, 1991

Daniel Yoder

Assistant Department Head & Professor | Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
Daniel Yoder image
317 Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences Office Building
2506 E J Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4531
Education and Training
  • Doctorate, Agricultural Engineering, Purdue Univ West Lafayette*, 1991
Teaching Focus

Engineering Design Stormwater Management Hydrologic Monitoring

Research Focus

Stormwater management Erosion and Sediment Control Water quality Control Hydrologic monitoring

Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

BSE 104 - Design Apprenticeship
1 credit hour(s)

Exposure to design in biosystems engineering through apprenticeship with senior design teams in BSE 402. Apprentices will assist with design, construction, testing, analysis, and presentation of project. Will also include background in engineering design, engineering project management, and engineering design tools.

Contact Hour Distribution: 2-hour lab.
(RE) Corequisite(s): EF 151* or EF 157* or EF 142*.

BSE 201 - Career Opportunities
1 credit hour(s)

Activities and opportunities in the fields of specialization; required training for each area; projected career activities.

BSE 400 - Design Project I
2 credit hour(s)

With BSE 402, this course comprises the biosystems engineering two-semester project sequence, in which student teams must tackle a stated problem, designing, building, and testing a prototype to determine success at meeting client performance criteria. This culminates the curriculum with a major design experience based on knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework and incorporating engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints. Includes development of a major design proposal, including engineering analyses, extensive documentation, and a culminating group presentation.

(RE) Prerequisite(s) : Three of BSE 411 or BSE 417; BSE 426 or BSE 427; BSE 431 or BSE 437; BSE 451 or BSE 457.
(RE) Corequisite(s): BSE 404 and BSE 444.

BSE 402 - Design Project II
5 credit hour(s)

Culmination of capstone design sequence. Intensive design experience on project chosen and approved in 401. Analysis, construction, testing, evaluation, and reporting required. Periodic oral and written reports and submission of design to external engineering design competition or display required. Satisfies Volunteer Core Requirement: (EI)
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : BSE 400 and BSE 404 and BSE 444.
(RE) Corequisite(s): BSE 403.

Other Instructors: Carrier, Julie

BSE 404 - Engineering Project Management
3 credit hour(s)

Fundamentals and theory of engineering design and engineering project management, ethical and legal responsibilities in biosystems engineering, incorporation of economic considerations in engineering design, individual professional development, and multiple oral presentations of technical information related to the senior design project. Satisfies Volunteer Core Requirement: (OC) Satisfies General Education Requirement through the 2021-2022 academic catalog: (OC).
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : Three of BSE 411 or BSE 417; BSE 426 or BSE 427; BSE 431 or BSE 437; BSE 451 or BSE 457.
(RE) Corequisite(s): BSE 400 and BSE 444.

BSE 525 - Soil Erosion and Sediment Yield
3 credit hour(s)

Theory of soil erosion and sediment yield processes from disturbed land; methods and computer models for estimating sediment yield. Erosion and sediment control theory and management practices. Local and state regulations. Cross-listed: (See Environmental Engineering 525.)
(DE) Prerequisite(s): Biosystems Engineering 416.
Recommended Background: Civil Engineering 494.

BSE 530 - Research Problems in Biosystems Engineering
1 - 3 credit hours

Theoretical and experimental studies relating to current problems in biosystems engineering.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.

Other Instructors: Hayes, Douglas Gordon | Gan, Hao

BSET 574 - Environmental Instrumentation and Monitoring
3 credit hour(s)

Equipment and techniques commonly used to measure all aspects of hydrologic cycle: precipitation, runoff, streamflow, subsurface water movement. Sampling of all flows for contaminants. Design of monitoring systems. Analysis of data.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. Credit Restriction: Students cannot receive credit for both CSAS 474 and BSET 574.
(RE) Corequisite(s): 506.
Recommended Background: Hydrology.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level - graduate.

CSAS 474 - Environmental Instrumentation and Monitoring
3 credit hour(s)

Equipment and techniques commonly used to measure all aspects of hydrologic cycle – precipitation, runoff, streamflow, and subsurface water movement. Sampling of all flows for contaminants. Design of monitoring systems. Analysis of data. Credit Restriction: Students cannot receive credit for both 474 and 574.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : ESS 424.

CSM 474 - Environmental Instrumentation and Monitoring
3 credit hour(s)

Equipment and techniques commonly used to measure all aspects of hydrologic cycle – precipitation, runoff, streamflow, and subsurface water movement. Sampling of all flows for contaminants. Design of monitoring systems. Analysis of data. Credit Restriction: Students cannot receive credit for both CSM 474 and BSET 574.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : ESS 424.

ENVE 525 - Soil Erosion and Sediment Yield
3 credit hour(s)

Theory of soil erosion and sediment yield processes from disturbed land; methods and computer models for estimating sediment yield. Erosion and sediment control theory and management practices. Local and state regulations. Cross-listed: (Same as Biosystems Engineering 525.)
Recommended Background: Civil Engineering 494 or Biosystems Engineering 416.

ESS 326 - GIS/GPS Applications in Agriculture and Environmental Science
3 credit hour(s)

Introduction to the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in agriculture, natural resources, and environmental science. Topics covered will include GIS software and concepts, LIDAR, mobile GIS, data acquisition, online mapping, and spatial analysis of data to solve problems. Case studies in environmental planning, land use, water quality, watershed management, and waste pollution will be used to provide hands-on experience with these emerging technologies.

Recommended Background: Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and file management are highly recommended.

Other Instructors: Logan, Joanne

ESS 603 - Seminar
1 credit hour(s)

Presentations and discussion of current scientific material.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 3 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Biosystems Engineering major, Biosystems Engineering Technology major, or Plant, Soil, and Environmental Science major – minimum student level, graduate.

Other Instructors: Essington, Michael E