'Windows of opportunity' crucial for cutting Chesapeake nutrient, sediment loads

December 14, 2020

The vast majority of nutrients and sediment washed into streams flowing into the Chesapeake Bay are picked up by deluges from severe storms that occur on relatively few days of the year. That is the conclusion of a new study led by Penn State researchers, who say it offers clues for cleaning up the impaired estuary.

ABE graduate student Stephanie Herbstritt receives the College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award

December 10, 2020

After shipping, pallets pose big risk to public, cause many accidents, injuries

December 2, 2020

Shipping pallets — often used as display platforms in retail settings or seen as raw material for household projects — were responsible for sending more than 30,000 people to the emergency rooms of U.S. hospitals over a recent five-year period, according to a new study by a Penn State researcher.

Researchers aim to 'upcycle' nutrient waste on farms using duckweed

December 1, 2020

Best management practices for reducing runoff and other nutrient losses in agriculture have been difficult to implement, according to Penn State researchers. The team is hoping that duckweed could help make money for farmers and land managers while limiting nutrient pollution into the environment.

Biochar from agricultural waste products can adsorb contaminants in wastewater

November 16, 2020

Biochar — a charcoal-like substance made primarily from agricultural waste products — holds promise for removing emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals from treated wastewater. That’s the conclusion of a team of researchers that conducted a novel study.

Misleading mulch: Researchers find contents of mulch bags do not match claims

October 29, 2020

In response to complaints about misleading packaging and fraudulent behavior by some producers of bagged landscaping mulch, Penn State researchers conducted an investigation and devised a process to determine the wood species included in the products, and at what percentage.

Harvesting vegetation on riparian buffers barely reduces water-quality benefits

October 2, 2020

Allowing farmers to harvest vegetation from their riparian buffers will not significantly impede the ability of those streamside tracts to protect water quality by capturing nutrients and sediment — and it will boost farmers’ willingness to establish buffers.

Advanced biofuels show promise for replacing some fossil fuels

September 7, 2020

Tom Richard, professor of agricultural and biological engineering and director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment along with a team of international scientists are successfully removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

NABEC Honors Presented at Virtual Meeting

August 31, 2020

NABEC’s 2020 Young Engineer of the Year is Heather Preisendanz, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Congratulations Heather!

Biological Engineering Senior Wins National Paper Competition

August 27, 2020

Congratulations Marali! 1st Place – Marali Kalra, Penn State University

New ag engineering fabrication shop ready to enhance Penn State fruit research

August 5, 2020

A new agricultural engineering facility at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center will enable the fabrication and testing of machinery and precision technologies designed to automate orchard production operations.

Novel cutting mechanism devised for automated, robotic apple-tree pruning system

July 24, 2020

The first robotic cutting mechanism — or “end-effector” — for a fully automated, computerized pruning system for modern apple orchards has been designed by a Penn State research team, an early step in the creation of a technology aimed at easing challenges facing tree-fruit growers.

Researchers offer solution for one of synthetic biology's biggest problems

July 22, 2020

Novel algorithm developed to prevent failure of engineered genetic systems

Harnessing biomass, manure to fuel farms through multi-institutional project

July 22, 2020

Transdisciplinary research team aims to create new value chains on U.S. farms, with emphasis on the generation of renewable natural gas, improved rural economic outcomes and protection of the environment.

Grants move College of Ag Sciences research toward commercialization

July 8, 2020

Researchers Ehsan Mahdinia, left, and Ali Demirci, in the College of Agricultural Sciences, are shown here in 2018 feeding microorganisms that produce the most potent form of vitamin K in a laboratory biofilm reactor in research that promises to reduce production costs and perhaps prices.

Professor Ali Demirci publishes a new book on "Food Safety Engineering"

June 1, 2020

Food Safety Engineering is the first reference work to provide up-to-date coverage of the advanced technologies and strategies for the engineering of safe foods.

Sustainable Communities Collaborative opens its Virtual Spring Expo

May 5, 2020

ABE faculty Megan Marshall and Jeffrey Catchmark along with Capstone students opened its Virtual Expo on May 1st showcasing students' work with Community Partners.

Li Named Biological Engineering Student Marshal

April 29, 2020

Yang Li has been named the biological engineering student marshal for Penn State’s virtual spring commencement on May 9. She will receive a bachelor of science degree in biological engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering.

Two ABE faculty win Gamma Sigma Delta awards for excellence in teaching and research

April 20, 2020

Gamma Sigma Delta announces 2020 faculty awards.

Assistant professor recognized for green stormwater infrastructure research

April 8, 2020

Lauren McPhillips, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Penn State and Cornell found that compost additions in green stormwater infrastructure, like the bioretention basin shown here, may lead to nutrient leaching.

Penn State Extension offers tractor-safety instructor training online

March 19, 2020

ABE's AgSafety course goes online.

Teaching excellence recognized in College of Agricultural Sciences

March 5, 2020

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized nine faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2019.

Family of ag engineering alumnus creates lasting legacy with naming opportunity

February 27, 2020

Lloyd E. Thomas, 1961 Penn State alumnus in agricultural engineering.

Emerging organic contaminant levels greatly influenced by stream flows, seasons

January 29, 2020

Flow rates and time of year must be taken into account to better understand the potential risks posed by emerging organic contaminants in rivers and streams, according to Penn State researchers who studied contaminant concentrations and flow characteristics at six locations near drinking water intakes in the Susquehanna River basin.

New video on the launching of a celebration on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

January 27, 2020

Randall Bock featured in new video.

Fall 2019 ABE Graduates

January 8, 2020

The ABE Faculty and Staff wish to congratulate our Fall 2019 Graduates.

Biological Engineering Student wins the prestigious Genentech Pharmaceutical Technical Development Student Award

December 2, 2019

Morgan Roggenbaum, a junior student in our Biological Engineering Major is the recipient of the prestigious Genentech Pharmaceutical Technical Development Outstanding Student Award for 2020.

New Penn State leadership for AgrAbility PA named

November 25, 2019

Suzanna Windon and Linda Fetzer, of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, have been appointed to leadership roles with the AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians Project, also known as AgrAbility PA.

Urban development reduces flash flooding chances in arid West

November 12, 2019

Urban development in the eastern U.S. results in an increase in flash flooding in nearby streams, but in the arid West, urbanization has just the opposite effect, according to a Penn State researcher, who suggests there may be lessons to be learned from the sharp contrast.

New HEEP Initiative Makes First Faculty Hire

November 11, 2019

Christine Costello will be seated in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences and will be a Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute.