Internet-based precision irrigation system shows promise for fresh-market tomato

May 17, 2022

An “internet of things” — or IoT — system monitoring real-time data from soil-based sensors to activate an automated precision irrigation setup can conserve water and boost crop production, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Penn State Extension offers farm safety trainings and demonstrations

May 5, 2022

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States, and agricultural emergencies require specialized knowledge and training for first responders. To prepare emergency responders, Penn State Extension offers numerous trainings and demonstrations designed for fire and rescue services, emergency medical services, law enforcement personnel, and farm community members.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2022 commencement

April 21, 2022

Adira Nair has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for biological engineering

Sanchez to present 'Emergence of a carbon-negative bioeconomy' April 14

April 13, 2022

Dan Sanchez, an extension specialist who runs the Carbon Removal Lab at University of California Berkeley, will discuss the emergence of a carbon-negative bioeconomy at 3 p.m. on April 14 in 213 Ag Engineering. 

Dr. Irmak awarded the 2022 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UF/IFAS Agricultural and Biological Engineering department

April 11, 2022

Congratualtions Dr. Irmak!

Gamma Sigma Delta lauds outstanding College of Ag Sciences faculty, students

April 5, 2022

The Penn State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the agricultural honor society, recognized Penn State faculty and students during its annual meeting, which was held March 31.

Penn State's 'Living Filter' to be the focus of wastewater reuse conference

March 28, 2022

More than a half-century of research on the use of treated wastewater for irrigation and groundwater recharge will be the focus of a three-day conference hosted by Penn State April 5-7 at the Wyndham Garden hotel in Boalsburg. The conference will highlight Penn State's "Living Filter," a year-round spray irrigation system that recycles the University's treated effluent.

Coffee Hour to examine green infrastructure solutions for water management

March 25, 2022

Lauren McPhillips, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Penn State, will provide insights into the effectiveness of green infrastructure solutions for managing stormwater during a talk at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1.

Faculty in College of Agricultural Sciences lauded for excellence in teaching

March 16, 2022

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized five faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2021.

Penn State pulling team looking forward to new competition year

March 8, 2022

The Penn State Pullers design team prepares for the engineering design competition hosted by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, which takes place over several days in June at the Expo Gardens Fairgrounds in Peoria, Illinois.

Warming climate to result in reduced corn production; irrigation blunts effect

February 21, 2022

No matter which of the widely accepted global circulation models ultimately comes closest to predicting the amount of warming caused by climate change, corn production will be reduced, according to a new study by Penn State researchers.

Penn State Extension offers course for those who teach tractor safety to youth

February 15, 2022

Adults wishing to teach the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program to youth can benefit from an online course offered by Penn State Extension.

EarthTalks: Tom Richard to discuss the path to a carbon-negative bioeconomy

January 27, 2022

Tom Richard, director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, will discuss how agriculture, food and forest systems can support a bioeconomy that reverses climate change during a talk at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31.

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.