Department Chair: Steven K. Mickelson
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.
In 1905 Agricultural Engineering was recognized as a subdivision of the Department of Agronomy, and in 1907 it was recognized as a unique department. It was renamed the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 1990. The department merged with the Department of Industrial Education and Technology in 2004.
Dates of Existence
- Department of Agricultural Engineering (1907–1990)
Browse the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Collections:
- Advanced Machinery Engineering and Manufacturing Systems
- Animal Production Systems Engineering
- Biological and Process Engineering and Technology
- Land and Water Resources Engineering
- Occupational Safety Engineering