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2017

New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
September 21, 2017
Lead researcher Jeffrey Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, College of Agricultural Sciences, says these environmentally friendly barrier coatings have numerous applications ranging from water-resistant paper, to coatings for ceiling tiles and wallboard, to food coatings to seal in freshness.
Shared Fermentation Facility receives $4.92M gift to Penn State for industrial biotechnology education, research
September 19, 2017
The revitalized Shared Fermentation Facility will be located within the newly constructed Agricultural Engineering Building, a 21st-century, state-of-the-art facility scheduled for completion in January 2018.
Biological Engineering has Moved to the Top 10 in Undergradate Engineering Rankings
September 19, 2017
Engineering undergraduate programs climb in latest U.S. News survey.
NEWBio project concludes, advances biomass energy efforts
September 11, 2017
NEWBio researchers worked to develop new variations of bioenergy crops through multiple methods including hand pollination of willow.
Safe, comfortable housing for cage-free chickens is goal of Penn State research
September 8, 2017
"Many consumers want food-producing animals such as chickens to live in environments that are nonconfining," said Eileen Fabian, professor of agricultural engineering and environmental biophysics in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
Pest Killing Wood Treatment
September 5, 2017
A discovery to keep destructive pests out of wood shipping crates. Penn State Entomologist Dr. Kelli Hoover and Wood Products Professor Dr. John Janowiak explain their discovery of a new, fast heat treatment to kill pests in wood.
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
August 17, 2017
Ali Demirci, professor of agricultural and biological engineering says the simultaneous nature of breaking down the complex carbohydrate starch into simple sugars — and fermentation — the process in which sugars are converted to ethanol by yeasts or other microorganisms in bioreactors, is innovative.
Injecting manure instead of spreading on surface reduces estrogen loads
August 17, 2017
Many factors influence the fate and transport of these manure-borne hormones, explained lead researcher Odette Mina, a recent doctoral degree graduate in agricultural and biological engineering.
Penn State well represented at NABEC
August 14, 2017
Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference (NABEC) is a community of the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers. It is a geographically-based community, covering the Northeast United States and Eastern Canadian Provinces.
Senior capstone projects teach students skills for the industry
July 28, 2017
As part of their senior capstone project in biological engineering, students designed a device that assists apple pickers. The device mounts on a vehicle that can travel between the trees in an orchard.
Farm safety demonstrations to be featured at 2017 Ag Progress Days
July 25, 2017
Researchers receive USDA grant to study new riparian buffer strategy
July 24, 2017
BioRenewable Students Finding a Home in the Hardwood Lumber Industry
July 24, 2017
Soil filters out some emerging contaminants before reaching groundwater
July 18, 2017
Penn State was the ideal place to look at the movement of pharmaceuticals from wastewater to groundwater because the University has spray-irrigated all of its treated wastewater onto nearly 600 acres of agricultural and forested land known as the Living Filter since the early 1980s.
Researchers working with sports venues to make them 'greener,' sustainable
July 10, 2017
Judd Michael, professor of ABE said, "The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is providing cutting-edge research and service to industry partners to help them become more sustainable."
Engineering’s Bock soars to first place in additive manufacturing competition
June 30, 2017
Randall Bock, instructor in engineering design and agricultural research assistant at Penn State, tasked his engineering students with designing, printing, iterating, assembling and testing the outcome of 3D-printed rockets.
Research progressing on how to spur wide use of aviation biofuels
June 27, 2017
Paul Smith's lab, in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, is part of the group that is evaluating regional supply chains that could be used for alternative jet fuel production.
Penn State creates certificate program in ag stewardship and conservation
June 1, 2017
Rob Shannon, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, says the new Agricultural Stewardship and Conservation Certificate undergraduate program "fits in perfectly with Penn State's land-grant mission of providing service to the commonwealth."
Peggy Newel receives 2017 Customer Service Award
May 24, 2017
College of Agricultural Sciences Staff Laureate Awards will be presented on Thursday, May 25.
Ag Engineering Alum Christopher R. Daubert Named CAFNR Vice Chancellor & Dean
May 19, 2017
Daubert received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1991.
Innovating Abroad
May 19, 2017
ABE Engineering student interns with Chilean 3D-printed prosthetic startup
Spring 2017 ABE Graduates
May 17, 2017
The ABE Faculty and Staff wish to congratulate our 2017 Graduates.
State College Area High School Alumnus Named Penn State College of Engineering Student Marshal
April 28, 2017
Peter DeMartino will be the student marshal for the biological engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5.
BioRenewable Systems Advisory Committee
April 27, 2017
The BRS Advisory Committee provides guidance to the BioRenewable Systems undergraduate and graduate programs.
Biological Engineering student teams receive recognition at the Campus and Community Sustainability EXPO
April 26, 2017
Students showcase sustainability projects at the Campus and Community Sustainability EXPO
Congratulations to Maryam Shahri for receiving the 2017 Paul Hand Award for Graduate Student Teaching Achievement
April 26, 2017
BioRenewable Systems Graduate Student
Ag & Biological Engineering students host annual Lawnmower Clinic
April 12, 2017
The Penn State student chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers hosted their annual 'Lawnmower Clinic' April 8th.
Finding the value in a fishing license
April 6, 2017
Anybody can answer the question of what a fishing license costs. But can anyone tell its value? There’s a difference, said Judd Michael, a professor of business management for natural resources industries at Penn State University.
2017 Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC) Meeting
April 4, 2017
The College of Engineering's annual meeting of The Industrial and Professional Advisory Committees (IPAC) was held March 22-23, 2017.
Alumni Inducted into Rural Builder Hall of Fame
March 22, 2017
Congratulations to Ken Guffey and Joseph Zulovich
Gerald Longenecker named Outstanding Engineering Alumnus
March 16, 2017
Gerald Longenecker, executive vice president of engineering services at Skelly and Loy, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the College of Engineering.
BE Graduate Swetha Pillai: Helping improve operations at Anheuser-Busch
February 2, 2017
A native of Singapore, Swetha says she enrolled at Penn State because it had a top engineering program and was close to extended family members in the Northeast.
Researchers receive $7 million grant to develop deeper crop roots
January 17, 2017
The interdisciplinary team, led by Jonathan Lynch, distinguished professor of plant nutrition along with other members of the research team include Kathleen Brown, professor of plant stress biology, David Hadka, research and development engineer, and Paul Heinemann, professor and head of agricultural and biological engineering, Penn State; Shawn Kaeppler and Natalia De Leon Gatti, University of Wisconsin; Alexander Bucksch, University of Georgia; and Malcolm Bennett, Sacha Mooney and Tony Pridmore, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.