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.

Penn State Altoona aids in Chimney Rocks service-learning project

September 14, 2018

Penn State Altoona is the link between a Blair County Planning Commission and University Park service-learning project at Chimney Rocks Park in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.

Penn State Farm Safety Team is encouraging you to participate in the 2018 National Farm Safety Week.

September 5, 2018

This promotional effort to support the people working in America's greatest industry is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety. The Farm Safety Team will have a webinar to share event ideas and current efforts provided by Penn State Extension. Your participation is encouraged.

Summer 2018 Graduates

August 15, 2018

The ABE Faculty and Staff wish to congratulate our Summer 2018 Graduates.

Small amounts of pharmaceuticals found in north central Pa. rural well water

July 31, 2018

Drinking water from wells in rural north central Pennsylvania had low levels of pharmaceuticals, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.

Ag Progress Days features agricultural safety and health

July 30, 2018

Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16, can learn about tractor overturn hazards and how to reduce the risks of tractor rollovers.

Research aims to prevent deaths related to gypsum-laced manure emissions

July 5, 2018

Hazardous gases released from dairy manure storages during agitation can be particularly dangerous for nearby operators when gypsum bedding has been used in the cow stalls.

Congratulations to Roderick Thomas

July 2, 2018

Penn State announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2018

Ribbon-cutting marks reopening of renovated Agricultural Engineering Building

June 8, 2018

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today (June 8) to mark the official opening of Penn State’s rebuilt and renovated Agricultural Engineering Building, which houses the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Farmer saved thanks to rescuers who took Penn State Extension training

June 6, 2018

"This farmer is very fortunate," said Pate, a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. "Without the quick thinking and action by rescuers, there could have been a very different outcome. We praise those responders for being proactive by taking training that ultimately saved this man's life."

Spring 2018 ABE Graduates

May 16, 2018

The ABE Faculty and Staff wish to congratulate our 2018 Graduates.

Biological Engineering Capstone Students Win Awards

May 7, 2018

BE capstone students participated at the Campus and Community Sustainability Expo

Megan Miller Named Engineering Student Marshal for 2018 Spring Commencement

April 23, 2018

Megan R. Miller will be the student marshal for the biological engineering baccalaureate degree program at the College of Engineering’s spring commencement ceremony on May 4. Miller will receive a bachelor of science degree in biological engineering with a minor in environmental engineering.

We are Moving Back!

April 13, 2018

May 11, 2018 is the first day of occupancy for Faculty and Staff.

Penn State Ag Sci devotees' gifts endow scholarship, name office in new building

April 10, 2018

With a $30,000 gift matched 2:1 by the University, alumnus John Graham and his wife, Carol, have established the John and Carol Graham Open Doors Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. With an additional $30,000 contribution, they named the office of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department chair in the soon-to-be-completed Agricultural Engineering Building at University Park.

Catchmark receives College of Agricultural Sciences Research Innovators Award

April 10, 2018

Jeffrey Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, is a recipient of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized technologies generated through Penn State research.

Research opportunities open new doors for biorenewable systems student

April 4, 2018

Janelle Thompson, a junior majoring in biorenewable systems with a minor in sustainable leadership, has found her niche at Penn State with the help of the opportunities she has had through undergraduate research.

Two engineering programs make significant jumps in U.S. News graduate rankings

March 23, 2018

Biological Engineering continues to be ranked in the top 10 of its specialty categories.

Susan McNulty-Atwater Receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award

March 15, 2018

Susan McNulty-Atwater, a Penn State agricultural and biological engineering alumna, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Journal of Agromedicine “Leader in the Field” 2018: Dennis J. Murphy, PhD

March 5, 2018

"As a leader in agricultural safety and health, we can’t imagine anyone is more widely respected and deserving of this award than Dr. Dennis Murphy." By Barbara C. Lee PhD, Senior Associate Editor

Biorenewable systems senior reflects on how Penn State helped shape her future

February 16, 2018

Bunmi Akintola, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, credits Penn State with helping her find her purpose in the world of agriculture.

Plant pathology students reap benefits of research opportunities

February 14, 2018

Helping undergraduate students understand scientific knowledge through participation in research is a top priority for faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Presence, persistence of estrogens in vernal pools an emerging concern

February 13, 2018

Estrogens in treated wastewater that find their way into temporary wetlands known as vernal pools persist for weeks or even months, according to researchers, who suggest that persistence may have implications for these critical aquatic habitats.

How these Penn State students turned their major into a BioRenewable Systems club

February 13, 2018

Penn State students may not be aware of the BioRenewable Systmes major but one club is working hard to change that.

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.