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

June 12, 2024

Passion for agricultural safety leads to bequest by professor emeritus

To ensure the continued support and growth of the agricultural safety and health program in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, Dennis Murphy and his wife, Christy, have committed the payout of a life insurance policy to bolster the Endowment for Agricultural Safety and Health in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

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May 14, 2024

Research Video on Inventing Robot to Protect Crops from Frost

Weiyun Hua, a PhD student in Penn State's Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering program, designed a smart agriculture robot to heat fruit orchards efficiently. It has the potential to save farmers time, energy costs, and lost revenue from frost damaged crops. Weiyun is one of many researchers across the globe imagining the future farming technologies needed to address the challenges of climate change, which include unpredictable temperatures.

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May 8, 2024

Spring 2024 ABE Graduates

Faculty and Staff congratulate our Spring 2024 Graduates

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May 8, 2024

Becot named Nationwide Insurance Early Career Professor of Agricultural Safety

Florence Becot recently was appointed Nationwide Insurance Early Career Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. She will oversee research, extension and academic programs in safety and health related to the agricultural and the biorenewable industries.

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Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering


105 Agricultural Engineering Building
Shortlidge Road

University Park, PA 16802