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

Updated March 18, 2020

Updated March 21, 2018

Originally posted September 13, 2016

AMES, Iowa – According to the newly released U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 “Best Colleges” rankings in the biological/agricultural engineering category, Iowa State’s agricultural and biosystems program is the No. 1 ranked graduate program among all national public universities. Last year, Iowa State was tied for first with Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

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. As of fall 2016, the department is home to 808 undergraduates and 92 graduate students educated by 36 faculty. Over the past five years, ABE’s undergraduate enrollment has grown by over 46%.

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.

The achievement of No. 1 rankings was reached by dedication to the department’s mission and vision. The department’s faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students and scholars are all engaged in and committed to teaching, research, extension and outreach.