ABE Students Inspect Tractor Cab Designs

January 26, 2018

Cab Evaluation is part of the ASM 420 lab taught by Dr. Jude Liu.

USDA-NIFA Funding Supports Farmers with Disabilities, Youth Safety Programs

January 10, 2018

Michael Pate, Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health, and Linda Fetzer, extension associate, coordinate Penn State Extension's participation in the SAY program.

Fall 2017 Graduates

January 3, 2018

The ABE Faculty and Staff wish to congratulate our Fall 2017 Graduates.

Citizen scientists to help researchers gauge Susquehanna water quality

December 11, 2017

Using a network of up to 60 citizen scientists, a team of Penn State researchers will assess the levels of endocrine-disrupting compounds in the Susquehanna River next year, and in turn empower those volunteers to become part of the solution to water-quality problems related to emerging contaminants.

Internships earn awards for College of Agricultural Sciences students

November 28, 2017

Jessica Hunter, a biological engineering major was the engineering intern at McCrone Engineering in Annapolis, Maryland.

'Virtual farm' website provides a plethora of dairy sustainability information

November 7, 2017

Farmers can see sustainability principles in action with just a few mouse clicks, thanks to an interactive "virtual farm" web site developed by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Extension, in partnership with the project's lead, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University and the Dairy Innovation Center.

A half-century later, Ag Sciences roommates establish scholarship together

November 2, 2017

Thomas Mischen, of Gibsonia, and Sylvester "Sy" Tanner, of Turtlepoint, were randomly placed together as roommates during the fall of 1966 -- the first semester of their freshman year at Penn State -- and have been close friends ever since. To commemorate their enduring friendship, the friends recently established the Mischen/Tanner Scholarship Fund in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

New agricultural engineering faculty will advance research, technology

October 3, 2017

Two new faculty members in Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering will advance research and academics in agricultural engineering and technologies.

Alumnus' gifts to support 4-H, Penn State Extension and agricultural engineering

September 25, 2017

The new Agricultural Engineering Building, slated for completion in spring 2018, will include "The Martenas Family Administrative Conference Room."

New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution

September 20, 2017

An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution.

Pate named Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety

September 20, 2017

Michael Pate has been appointed Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Shared Fermentation Facility receives $4.92M gift to Penn State for industrial biotechnology education, research

September 19, 2017

The revitalized Shared Fermentation Facility will be located within the newly constructed Agricultural Engineering Building, a 21st-century, state-of-the-art facility scheduled for completion in January 2018.

Biological Engineering has Moved to the Top 10 in Undergradate Engineering Rankings

September 19, 2017

Engineering undergraduate programs climb in latest U.S. News survey.

NEWBio project concludes, advances biomass energy efforts

September 11, 2017

NEWBio researchers worked to develop new variations of bioenergy crops through multiple methods including hand pollination of willow.

Safe, comfortable housing for cage-free chickens is goal of Penn State research

September 7, 2017

A shift in consumer behavior is prompting some poultry producers to change the manner in which chickens are housed and cared for, and research underway in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will help them convert from traditional caged housing to noncaged systems that continue to safeguard the health and safety of flocks and employees.

Pest Killing Wood Treatment

September 5, 2017

A discovery to keep destructive pests out of wood shipping crates. Penn State Entomologist Dr. Kelli Hoover and Wood Products Professor Dr. John Janowiak explain their discovery of a new, fast heat treatment to kill pests in wood.

Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion

August 17, 2017

Ali Demirci, professor of agricultural and biological engineering says the simultaneous nature of breaking down the complex carbohydrate starch into simple sugars — and fermentation — the process in which sugars are converted to ethanol by yeasts or other microorganisms in bioreactors, is innovative.

Injecting manure instead of spreading on surface reduces estrogen loads

August 17, 2017

Many factors influence the fate and transport of these manure-borne hormones, explained lead researcher Odette Mina, a recent doctoral degree graduate in agricultural and biological engineering.

Penn State well represented at NABEC

August 14, 2017

Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference (NABEC) is a community of the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers. It is a geographically-based community, covering the Northeast United States and Eastern Canadian Provinces.

Farm safety demonstrations to be featured at 2017 Ag Progress Days

July 25, 2017

Senior capstone projects teach students skills for the industry

July 25, 2017

For their senior capstone projects, biological engineering students at Penn State designed possible solutions to real problems in agriculture and the environment.

Researchers receive USDA grant to study new riparian buffer strategy

July 24, 2017

BioRenewable Students Finding a Home in the Hardwood Lumber Industry

July 24, 2017

Soil filters out some emerging contaminants before reaching groundwater

July 18, 2017

Penn State was the ideal place to look at the movement of pharmaceuticals from wastewater to groundwater because the University has spray-irrigated all of its treated wastewater onto nearly 600 acres of agricultural and forested land known as the Living Filter since the early 1980s.

Researchers working with sports venues to make them 'greener,' sustainable

July 10, 2017

Judd Michael, professor of ABE said, "The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is providing cutting-edge research and service to industry partners to help them become more sustainable."

Engineering’s Bock soars to first place in additive manufacturing competition

June 27, 2017

Initially, Randall Bock simply wanted to make a rocket for his son’s sixth birthday party. Now Bock, instructor in engineering design and agricultural research assistant, has launched his interest in 3D printing and rockets into first place, winning Stratasys’s Learning Center of Excellence 3D printing competition.

Research progressing on how to spur wide use of aviation biofuels

June 27, 2017

Paul Smith's lab, in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, is part of the group that is evaluating regional supply chains that could be used for alternative jet fuel production.

Penn State creates certificate program in ag stewardship and conservation

June 1, 2017

Rob Shannon, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, says the new Agricultural Stewardship and Conservation Certificate undergraduate program "fits in perfectly with Penn State's land-grant mission of providing service to the commonwealth."

Peggy Newel receives 2017 Customer Service Award

May 24, 2017

College of Agricultural Sciences Staff Laureate Awards will be presented on Thursday, May 25.

Ag Engineering Alum Christopher R. Daubert Named CAFNR Vice Chancellor & Dean

May 19, 2017

Daubert received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1991.