PlantVillage gives undergraduate a chance to help feed the world via technology

July 16, 2019

Biological engineering major part of team helping Kenyan farmers adapt to changing climate

Dr. Ali Demirci leads fermentation course with CSL Behring employees in Lengnau, Switzerland.

July 16, 2019

Penn State professor reflects on overseas sabbatical.

Congratulations to Heather Gall on her promotion to Associate Professor

July 2, 2019

Penn State announced faculty promotions effective July 1, 2019. Heather Gall was promoted to associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering. She began her Penn State career as an assistant professor in July, 2013.

Penn State scientists expanding work to help farmers learn about industrial hemp

June 27, 2019

With the passage of the 2018 farm bill and new regulations that allow the crop to be grown for sale for a range of uses, hemp production in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has taken off, with more than 300 permits approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture this year. Even before hemp was green-lighted by the federal government, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences was at the forefront of industrial hemp research in Pennsylvania.

Strategic plan seed grant supports green stormwater infrastructure research

June 24, 2019

A proposal that will support the development of a living laboratory for green stormwater infrastructure research, education and innovation at Penn State is among the latest initiatives to receive funding through the University’s Strategic Plan Seed Grant program.

Spring 2019 ABE Graduates

May 9, 2019

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

Gettysburg Area High School Alumnus Named Penn State College of Engineering Student Marshal

April 26, 2019

Andrew J. May will be the student marshal for the biological engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 3. He will receive a bachelor of science in biological engineering with minors in environmental engineering and plant pathology.

Grants aid studies on environmental and financial value of stream buffers

April 24, 2019

A group of doctoral students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences who are examining the use of perennial grasses as stream buffers will benefit from four complementary state and federal grants.

Building a Better Bandage

April 16, 2019

Jeffrey Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and collaborator, Dr. Scott Armen, chief of the Division of Trauma, Acute Care and Critical Care Surgery at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are working to commercialize their patent-pending biofoam pad

GreenBriq student venture wins top $7,500 prize in Ag Springboard pitch contest

April 15, 2019

Congratulation to BE student Annaliese Long on her contribution to the winning prize!

2019 Student Sustainability Awards

April 11, 2019

BRS senior, Haley Stauffer to receive Student Sustainability Award on Wednesday, April 17th

ABE Students are among those chosen in 2019 Graduate Exhibition Award winners

March 28, 2019

ABE Research Poster winners Anahita Bharadwaj and Carlos Fernandez Pulido are to be congratulated for their awards.

NSF grant supports development of robotic frost protection in orchards

March 26, 2019

The NSF's Cyber-Physical Systems program awarded more than $843,000 to a team led by Daeun Dana Choi, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Study clarifies beef's resource use, emissions

March 21, 2019

This article summarizes the findings of a study led by Alan Rotz, adjunct professor of agricultural and biological engineering, who is a scientist with the USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit.

Terri Ruch receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award

March 15, 2019

Terri Ruch, a Penn State agricultural engineering alumna, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Second annual Ag Safety Expo at Penn State set for Feb. 22

February 7, 2019

The leading causes of deaths in this industry, such as machinery- and animal-related accidents, are largely preventable with proper instruction, noted Michael Pate, Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Manure injection offers hope, challenge for restoring Chesapeake water quality

February 6, 2019

Widespread adoption by dairy farmers of injecting manure into the soil instead of spreading it on the surface could be crucial to restoring Chesapeake Bay water quality, according to researchers who compared phosphorus runoff from fields treated by both methods. However, they predict it will be difficult to persuade farmers to change practices.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty members honored for teaching excellence

January 25, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized six faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2018.

Ag Safety Team Prepares for Large Animal Training (LART)

January 25, 2019

Since 2002 the Ag Rescue program has provided emergency response training. The PSU Ag Safety team is gearing up for its annual Large Animal training which focuses on educating first responder agencies and organizations. The training includes classroom instruction and detailed hands-on exercises that allows participants to practice their new knowledge and skills. Extensive hands-on exercises involving live animals is part of this training.

Penn State NASA challenge team advances, to be featured on Japanese TV

January 19, 2019

NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, will be on the University Park campus Jan. 22 to film the Penn State interdisciplinary team that has advanced to the third phase of NASA’s $3.1-million 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.

Grant will support grain bin safety research at Penn State

December 10, 2018

A grant awarded to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will support research on preventing grain bin entrapment

Paul Heinemann receives Leadership Award from ASABE

November 28, 2018

2018 Recipient of the James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award

Choi wins Giuseppe Pellizzi Prize in Bologna, Italy

November 19, 2018

Congratulation to Dr. Choi for an outstanding dissertation!

Go West for animal agriculture in Pennsylvania

November 5, 2018

To comply with nutrient-reduction goals in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Pennsylvania may want to consider the establishment of animal agriculture operations in the western part of the state, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Undergrad student research suggests biomass can remove lead from drinking water

October 31, 2018

Researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences the last few years have been studying the ability of biomass to absorb industrial spills, according to Dan Ciolkosz, assistant research professor of agricultural and biological engineering.

Student engagement helps earn Bellefonte major grant for sustainability

October 26, 2018

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awards $388,000 to support compost upgrades. Penn State students in Megan Marshall's class toured State College's compost facility to get background for their work assisting Bellefonte.

Energizing the food-energy-water nexus: the fortuitous tale of duckweed

October 25, 2018

“The plant is a hyperaccumulator,” said Brennan. “It sucks up nitrogen and phosphorus out of the water extremely well. When you put it in the soil, it takes a while for the duckweed to break down, so it acts like a slow-release fertilizer.”

Biofilm reactor promises to cut production costs on vitamin K

October 2, 2018

In an innovative study that promises to reduce production costs for the most potent form of vitamin K — Menaquinone-7, Penn State researchers have developed a novel method to enhance the fermentation process that creates the supplement by agitated liquid fermentation in a biofilm reactor.

Developing a quick-acting foam for treating wounds on the battlefield

September 26, 2018

A new grant will help Penn State researchers develop an innovative foam that helps seal wounds quickly — whether on the battlefield, in rural areas, or in other isolated locations far from hospitals.

Paul M. Smith, Professor of Bioproducts Marketing awarded the Distinguished Service Award for International Society of Wood Science and Technology

September 19, 2018

Dr. Smith will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the SWST Annual Convention in Nagoya, Japan, November 2018.