About the Department

Science and technology to feed the world, protect natural resources, and improve quality of life.

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is Penn State’s home for advancing the engineering, business, and technical management of biological and agricultural systems through teaching, research, and outreach.

We are a small, inclusive group united by our fascination with the technology and processes that make life better for everyone.

We boast state-of-the-art facilities and world-class faculty composed of engineers and scientists with years of working experience in their fields.

Student success drives the department. Our undergraduate majors offer hands-on learning with real-world applications, excellent internship experiences, robust scholarship opportunities, and high job placement.

Our graduate programs offer master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees rooted in research through our core engineering, science, and management disciplines.

Penn State is a Tier 1 Research University. Students are highly encouraged to participate in meaningful research starting the first semester of their freshman year.

Meet our faculty, staff, and students, and learn more about our academic home. Welcome!

Latest News

March 22, 2023

‘Manureshed’ management in Susquehanna River basin key to Chesapeake Bay cleanup

A novel study by a Penn State-led research team suggests that “manureshed” management in the Susquehanna River basin could make a big difference in the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.

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March 22, 2023

Penn State student learns about sustainability and conservation efforts in Chile

Penn State student Emma Luksic recently traveled with classmates to Chile and the Patagonia region of South America, where she learned about environmental conservation efforts aimed at protecting Chile’s ecosystems.

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March 19, 2023

Greening the grey: Engineering natural solutions for stormwater management

Concrete is as ubiquitous in cities as it is impervious. Amid worsening storms due to climate change, it only deflects runoff toward the drain, threatening sewer capacities. Lauren McPhillips is partnering with researchers across the commonwealth to engineer stormwater solutions using nature to replace hard surfaces and help control the flow.

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March 13, 2023

Two Penn Staters featured in environmental documentary 'Plastic Earth'

The recently released documentary “Plastic Earth” features Penn Staters Judd Michael, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Sherri Mason, associate research professor, director of sustainability at Penn State Behrend, and a leading researcher of freshwater plastic pollution.

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Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering


105 Agricultural Engineering Building
Shortlidge Road

University Park, PA 16802