Fall 2021 ABE Graduates

January 5, 2022

The ABE Faculty and Staff wish to congratulate our Fall 2021 Graduates

'Growing Impact' podcast talks biofiltration, greenhouse gas emissions

January 5, 2022

The latest episode of the "Growing Impact" podcast features a seed grant project that investigates how biofiltration could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, specifically methane and carbon dioxide.

ABE student projects featured in SCC Virtual Fall Expo

December 16, 2021

ASABE's Resource Magazine features ABE faculty members Heinemann, Demirci, He and Choi

November 15, 2021


Emerging Contaminants in the Bay

October 28, 2021

Chemical contaminants negatively affecting human health and the environment in the Chesapeake Bay isn’t something new. The Chesapeake Bay Program’s Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) released a report last year detailing what we currently know about the wide range of contaminants harming the Bay, the challenges they pose, what opportunities exist to help with reduction.

Novel lighting system designed for machine vision module of agricultural robots

October 12, 2021

Doctoral candidate Omeed Mirbod demonstrates how drone imaging would work in an apple orchard to first-year engineering students.

Schreyer Scholar works to develop sustainable solution to food insecurity

October 11, 2021

Schreyer Scholar and biological engineering major Vancie Peacock, pictured at the Student Farm, helped establish the Schreyer Pocket Garden, a pilot program between the Student Farm Club, the Lion's Pantry and the University Park Undergraduate Association.

Institutes of Energy and the Environment Director Tom Richard to step down

October 4, 2021

Richard will continue to serve Penn State as a professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and will lead IEE until a new director has been identified.

USDA grant supports Penn State research on mushroom industry automation

September 28, 2021

A nearly $4 million grant awarded to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will support an interdisciplinary, multi-university team of researchers as they investigate technologies designed to address labor shortages on mushroom farms.

Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering marks 100-year anniversary

September 20, 2021

Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering has its roots in a global pandemic and will mark its centennial anniversary amid another — a unique organization bookended by unfortunate circumstances.

Loggers, landscapers face deadly danger felling trees in forests and urban areas

September 20, 2021

“This was the first research to look at commercial logging and landscaping services together,” said Judd Michael, Nationwide Insurance Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health and professor of agricultural and biological engineering, College of Agricultural Sciences. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration calls logging “the most dangerous occupation in the United States.” The fatal injury rate for loggers is more than 30 times the rate for all U.S. workers. Tree-care workers such as this one also encounter hazards at rates much higher than the average employee.

Summer 2021 ABE Graduates

August 21, 2021

The ABE Faculty and Staff wish to congratulate our Summer 2021 Graduates.

Agricultural safety specialists will hold two rescue demonstrations during APD

August 3, 2021

There will be six total demonstrations — at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday — showing how incidents can be avoided and presenting best practices for injury prevention for both ATVs and UTVs

Study reveals agriculture-related injuries more numerous than previously known

June 22, 2021

A new study by Penn State researchers, who looked at emergency room admissions across the U.S. over a recent five-year period in a novel way, suggests that the agriculture industry is even more dangerous than previously believed.

Spring 2021 ABE Graduates

June 7, 2021

The ABE Faculty and Staff wish to congratulate our Spring 2021 Graduates.

Researchers develop prototype of robotic device to pick, trim button mushrooms

June 1, 2021

Researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a robotic mechanism for mushroom picking and trimming and demonstrated its effectiveness for the automated harvesting of button mushrooms.

Biological engineering student selected for Cargill Global Scholars Program

May 26, 2021

Vancie Peacock, a Schreyer Honors College Scholar studying biological engineering, was encouraged to apply for the Cargill program because of her interests in sustainable agriculture and food insecurity.

BE 460W/466W Capstone Projects Highlighted in the Sustainable Communities Collaborative Spring 2021 Virtual Expo

May 10, 2021

Check out the Spring 2021 Sustainable Communities Collaborative Campus & Community Expo showcasing students’ engaged scholarship projects from the past semester.

College of Engineering announces spring 2021 student marshals | Penn State University

April 28, 2021

Biological Engineering student marshal Jaime Burdette

Penn State launches new artificial intelligence center for engineered systems

April 26, 2021

Daeun “Dana” Choi, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering and a researcher involved in CAFE, adjusts a drone for monitoring an apple orchard using artificial intelligence.

Environmental Resource Management program, alumni celebrating 50 years of impact

April 15, 2021

Wayne Kober, a 1973 graduate of the Environmental Resource Management program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, held environmental program leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. In 2000, he transitioned to national transportation environmental consulting as president of Wayne W. Kober, Transportation and Environmental Management Consulting.

Irmak to lead Penn State Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

April 7, 2021

Suat Irmak, Harold W. Eberhard Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named head of Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, effective July 1.

Wireless sensors track sanitizer use, optimize replacement and refill operations

March 29, 2021

In an effort to optimize Penn State's hand sanitizer management and maintenance operations, a team of engineering researchers designed, developed and installed a wireless sensor system on the hand sanitizer stations found in Hammond Building.

Dennis Murphy honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

March 26, 2021

Agriculture industry group announces safety leaders. Awards were presented at North American Agricultural Safety Summit, March 22-24.

Urban agriculture can help, but not solve, city food security problems

March 24, 2021

While urban agriculture can play a role in supporting food supply chains for many major American cities — contributing to food diversity, sustainability and localizing food systems — it is unrealistic to expect rooftop gardens, community plots and the like to provide the majority of nutrition for the population of a metropolis.

Keith Masser, 1973 Ag Engineering Alum, receives Distinguished Alumni Award 2021

March 15, 2021

The Board of Trustees is bestowing the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest alumni honor, to eight individuals.

College of Ag Sciences doctoral student chosen as Next Generation Global Leader

February 19, 2021

Kelly Chege, a doctoral candidate in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Next Generation Global Leaders Network.

Research at Penn State aims to improve air quality in cage-free poultry houses

January 31, 2021

Research carried out by faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping commercial poultry operations — some with multiple buildings each housing between 20,000 and 50,000 hens — convert from traditional caged housing to noncaged systems while safeguarding animal and employee safety.

College of Agricultural Sciences students earn internship awards

January 26, 2021

Thirteen Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2020 Internship Award winners. Congratulations to one of our BE seniors, Jamie Weikel, who won an internship award.

U.S. school cafeterias waste more food than those in other developed countries

January 18, 2021

An innovative assessment of food waste at a U.S. school by an international team of researchers suggests that American school cafeterias waste more food than those in other developed countries, and the true costs extend well beyond just the weight of food not eaten.