Iowa State agricultural and biosystems engineering graduate program ranked one of the country’s best

AMES, Iowa – In rankings of graduate programs released, U.S. News and World Report magazine has Iowa State agricultural and biosystems engineering at No. 2 in the country, scoring just one-tenth of a point behind top-ranked Purdue University in Indiana.

Three years ago, the two programs tied for first. Then Iowa State was first. And for two years it has been Purdue by a little.

“We’re excited that the excellence of our students and programs continues to be recognized by our peers in these rankings, but I’m most proud of the great work that our faculty and grad students are doing to serve Iowa and the world through their state-of-the-art research,” Kaleita said.

Since 1905, the Department of Agricultural Engineering, now the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, 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 areas: 1) land and water resources engineering, 2) biological and process engineering and technology, 3) animal production systems engineering, 4) advanced engineering and manufacturing systems, and 5) occupational safety engineering.

ABE is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering at Iowa State University. ABE currently offers four undergraduate degree programs: agricultural engineering, biological systems engineering, agricultural systems technology, and industrial technology. ABE also offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in agricultural and biosystems engineering and in industrial and agricultural technology.

In the summer of 2014, ABE moved into its new state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities in Elings Hall and Sukup Hall and Atrium.