Agricultural engineering

Agricultural engineering is the engineering discipline that studies agricultural production and processing. Agricultural engineering combines the disciplines of mechanical, civil, electrical and chemical engineering principles with a knowledge of agricultural principles according to technological principles. A key goal of this discipline is to improve the efficacy and sustainability of agricultural practices.[1] One of the leading organizations in this industry is the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.[1]

ASABE standards

The ASABE provides safety and regulatory standards for the agricultural industry. These standards and regulations are developed on an international scale and include topics on fertilizers, soil conditions, fisheries, biofuels, biogass, feed machinery, tractors, and machinery.[1]


Agricultural engineers may engage in any of the following areas:


The first curriculum in agricultural engineering was established at Iowa State University by Professor J. B. Davidson in 1903. The American Society of Agricultural Engineers, now known as the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, was founded in 1907.[2] A full history of events directly and indirectly influenced by agricultural engineering, see here.

Agricultural engineers

Agricultural engineers may perform tasks such as planning, supervising and managing the building of dairy effluent schemes, irrigation, drainage, flood water control systems, performing environmental impact assessments, agricultural product processing and interpret research results and implement relevant practices. A large percentage of agricultural engineers work in academia or for government agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture or state agricultural extension services. Some are consultants, employed by private engineering firms, while others work in industry, for manufacturers of agricultural machinery, equipment, processing technology, and structures for housing livestock and storing crops. Agricultural engineers work in production, sales, management, research and development, or applied science.

In the United Kingdom the term Agricultural Engineer is often also used to describe a person that repairs or modifies agricultural equipment.

Academic programs in agricultural and bio-systems engineering

Below is a listing of known academic programs that offer bachelor's degrees (B.S. or B.S.E. or B.E / B.Tech) in what ABET terms "Agricultural Engineering", "Biosystems Engineering", "Biological Engineering", or similarly named programs. ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

The Americas

North America

InstitutionDepartmentWeb siteEmail
Auburn UniversityBiosystems taylost at
Cal Poly San Luis ObispoBioResource and Agricultural at
Clemson UniversityBiosystems Engineeringjjacks4 at
Cornell UniversityBiological and Environmental at
Dalhousie UniversityDepartment of Engineering (Agricultural Campus)www.dal.caCathy.Wood at Dal.Ca
Florida A&M UniversityBiological Systems Engineering
Iowa State UniversityAgricultural and Biosystems at
Kansas State UniversityBiological and Agricultural at
Louisiana State UniversityBiological and Agricultural Engineeringwww.bae.lsu.eduDConstant at
McGill UniversityDepartment of Bioresource at
Michigan State UniversityBiosystems and Agricultural at
Mississippi State UniversityAgricultural and Biological Engineeringwww.abe.msstate.edujpote at
North Carolina State UniversityBiological and Agricultural at
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State UniversityChemical, Biological and Bioengineering at
North Dakota State UniversityAgricultural and Biosystems at
Ohio State UniversityFood, Agricultural and Biological Engineeringfabe.osu.edushearer.95 at
Oklahoma State UniversityBiosystems and Agricultural Engineeringbiosystems.okstate.edudaniel.thomas at
Oregon State UniversityBiological and Ecological Engineering at
Penn State UniversityAgricultural and Biosystems at
Purdue UniversityAgricultural and Biological at
South Dakota State UniversityAgricultural and Biosystems at
Texas A&M UniversityBiological and Agricultural at
University of ArizonaAgricultural and Biosystems at
University of ArkansasBiological and Agricultural at
University of California, DavisBiological and Agricultural at
University of FloridaAgricultural and Biological at
University of GeorgiaBiological and Agricultural Engineeringwww.engr.uga.edudonleo at
University of IllinoisAgricultural and Biological at
University of KentuckyBiosystems and Agricultural at
University of Nebraska-LincolnBiological Systems Engineeringbse.unl.edumriley3 at
University of ManitobaBiosystems Engineering at
University of MinnesotaBioproducts and Biosystems at
University of MissouriBiological at
University of SaskatchewanBiosystems Engineering and Soil Sciencewww.engr.usask.caPat.Hunchak at
University of TennesseeBiosystems Engineering & Soil at
University of WisconsinBiological Systems at
Université LavalGénie Agroenvironnemental
Utah State UniversityBiological Engineeringbe.usu.eduron.sims at
Virginia Polytechnic UniversityBiological Systems Engineeringwww.bse.vt.edumlwolfe at

Mexico, Central and South America

InstitutionDepartmentWeb site
Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, PeruSchool of Agricultural Engineering
Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, MexicoIrrigation, Soils, Plant Science
Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro, MexicoAgricultural Engineering
Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa RicaAgricultural and Biosystems Engineering
National University of ColombiaAgricultural
Federal University of Grande Dourados, BrazilAgricultural Engineering
University of Campinas, BrazilAgricultural
University of São Paulo, BrazilBiosystems Engineering
Federal University of Viçosa, BrazilAgricultural Engineering
Federal University of Lavras, BrazilEngineering Department
Federal University of Pelotas, BrazilEngineering Centre
Pontifical Catholic University of ChileFaculty of Agronomy & Forest Engineering
University of Concepción (Campus Chillán), ChileAgricultural Engineering
Universidad de Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFaculty of Agronomy (FAUBA)


InstitutionDepartmentWeb site
Agricultural Engineering Agricultural Engineering and Technology
Agricultural University of Athens, Greece Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece Hydraulics, Soil science and Agricultural Engineering
Ankara University, TurkeyAgricultural
Akdeniz University, TurkeyAgricultural machinery and Technology Engineering
Atatürk University, TurkeyAgricultural Structures and
Ege University, TurkeyFaculty of Agriculture
ETH Zurich, Switzerland Agricultural Science
Harran University, TurkeyAgricultural
Harran University, TurkeyAgricultural Structures and
Namik Kemal University, Turkey Agricultural Engineering
University of Bologna, Italy Agricultural engineering and mechanics
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain Agricultural Engineering
Leibniz University Hannover, GermanyWater Resources and Environmental Management
University of Hohenheim, GermanyInstitute of Agricultural
University of Reading, UK Agricultural Engineering
University of Liège, BelgiumGembloux Agro-Bio Tech,
Universiteit Gent, BelgiumFaculty of Bioscience Engineering
K.U. Leuven, BelgiumFaculty of Bioscience
Szent Istvan University, Hungary Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
U.C. Louvain, BelgiumFaculty of Bioscience Engineering
University of Lisbon, PortugalInstituto Superior de

University of Évora, Portugal

University of Algarve, PortugalFaculty of Sciences and
University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, PortugalAgronomy
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria Sustainable Agricultural Systems
University College Dublin, IrelandBiosystems
University of Debrecen, Hungary Agricultural Engineering


InstitutionDepartmentWeb site
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India Agricultural Engineering

CCS Haryana Agricultural University,Hisar,IndiaAgricultural Engineering
Nims University,Jaipur,IndiaAgricultural Engineering
IIT KHARAGPURAgricultural Engineering
Institute Of Engineering - Purwanchal Campus, Tribhuvan University, Dharan, NepalAgricultural Engineering
North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, IndiaAgricultural Engineering
Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Bapatla, IndiaAgricultural Engineering and
Punjab Agricultural University,Ludhiana,Punjab,IndiaAgricultural Engineering
G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, PantnagarAgricultural Engineering
Nagaland UniversityAgricultural Engineering and Technology
China Agricultural UniversityAgricultural
Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, ChinaAgricultural Soil and Water
Shanghai Jiatong University, ChinaBiological Engineering; Food Science and
Xi’an Jiaotong University, ChinaEnergy and Power
Yunnan Agricultural University, ChinaAgricultural Water-Soil
Zhejiang University, ChinaBiosystems Engineering and Food
Odisha University of Agriculture & TechnologyAgricultural Engineering
Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture and Technology, Allahabad, IndiaAgricultural, Water, Resources, Food, and Energy Engineering
Universiti Putra Malaysia, MalaysiaAgricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Institut Teknologi Sumatera, IndonesiaBiosystem Engineering
Bogor Agricultural University, IndonesiaMechanical and Biosystem Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Agroindustrial Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Universitas Gadjah Mada, IndonesiaAgricultural and Biosystems Engineering
University of Southeastern PhilippinesAgricultural Engineering
Bangladesh Agricultural UniversityAgricultural Engineering and Food Engineering
Sylhet Agricultural UniversityAgricultural Engineering and Technology
Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University, Dinajpur, BangladeshAgricultural Engineering
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru,Karnataka, IndiaAgricultural
University of agricultural sciences, Raichur, Karnataka, IndiaAgricultural Engineering
Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology, Digos City, Davao del SurAgricultural Engineering
Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City, PhilippinesAgricultural Engineering
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar PakistanAgricultural Engineering, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Farm Machinery
King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok, ThailandAgricultural Engineering
Central Mindanao University - Maramag, BukidnonAgricultural Engineering
Central Luzon State University (CLSU)Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
PJTS Agricultural University, Hyderabad Agricultural Engineering
Bahawal-din-Zakriya University Multan,Pakistan(BZU) Agricultural Engineering
Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Malaysia Biosystems Engineering
Sindh Agriculture university tandojaam Agricultural Engineering


InstitutionDepartmentWeb site
University of Southern Queensland, AustraliaSchool of Civil Engineering and Surveying, Faculty of Health, Engineering and
Flinders University, AustraliaSchool of Computer Science, Engineering and

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "ASABE". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  2. "ASABE website". Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.

Further reading

  • Brown, R.H. (ed). (1988). CRC handbook of engineering in agriculture. Boca Raton, FL.: CRC Press. ISBN 0-8493-3860-3.
  • Field, H. L., Solie, J. B., & Roth, L. O. (2007). Introduction to agricultural engineering technology: a problem solving approach. New York: Springer. ISBN 0-387-36913-9.
  • Stewart, Robert E. (1979). Seven decades that changed America: a history of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1907-1977. St. Joseph, Mich.: ASAE. OCLC 5947727.
  • DeForest, S. S. (2007). The vision that cut drugery from farming forever. St. Joseph, Mich.: ASAE. ISBN 1-892769-61-1.
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