Iowa State University's agricultural and biosystems program is ranked the nation's best undergraduate programamong all national universities, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report 2017 "Best Colleges" rankings. The graduate program in agricultural and biosystems engineering is also highly ranked at second in the nation.
Since 1905, the Department of Agricultural Engineering, now the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) has been a leader in providing engineering solutions to agricultural problems in the United States and the world. The department's original mission was to mechanize agriculture. That mission has evolved to encompass a global view of the entire food production system -- the wise management of natural resources in the production, processing, storage, handling, and use of food, fiber and other biological products.
Current research and extension efforts are focused in five key areas:
Land and water resources engineering
Biological and process engineering and technology
Animal production systems engineering
Advanced engineering and manufacturing systems
Occupational safety engineering
The ABE program is jointly administered by the College of Engineering and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In the summer of 2014, ABE moved into its new state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, Elings Hall and Sukup Hall.
Did you know? Over the past five years, ABE's undergraduate enrollment has grown by 46%. Currently, the department is home to 808 undergrads and 92 graduate students educated by 36 faculty.
Agricultural and biosystems engineering students in the Danfoss Fluid Power lab use custom hydraulic trainers to learn how to build and troubleshoot hydraulic circuits.
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