Welcome to the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

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.
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  • Department Chair (Dr. Steven Mickelson), 1340B Elings Hall, 515-294-1434
  • ABE Main Office, 1340 Elings Hall, 515-294-1434
  • ABE Graduate Programs Office, 1350F Elings Hall, 515-294-1033
  • ABE Undergraduate Advising Center, 1320 Elings Hall,  515-294-9449


  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Iowa State named a partner in new Department of Energy bioenergy research center

cutting switchgrassIowa State University is a partner institution in a new, $104 million research center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the project will study the next generation of plant-based, sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts. Read the full story

Annual Report

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2016-2017 (PDF)