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Engineering the essentials of life

Welcome to our Department

Paul Heinemann, Department Head

Our mission is to provide the highest quality engineering programs in education (resident instruction and extension) and research related to agricultural and biological systems. These systems involve the production, processing, utilization and value recovery of biological products and the management of natural resources.

Graduate programs and accredited undergraduate programs in Biological Engineering and Agricultural Systems Management provide highly qualified engineers, systems managers, researchers, outreach educators and university teaching faculty for Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. The educational programs offered are the B.S. in Biological Engineering, B.S. in Agricultural Systems Management, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Paul H. Heinemann, Department Head
Phone: 814/865-7792 Fax: 814/863-1031 Email:hzh@psu.edu


What's happening in ABE

Latest Edition of Directions Newsletter

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Faculty Honored

Dennis Buffington received the 2011 Community of Teaching Excellence Award College of Agricultural Sciences "This award is designed to reinforce and encourage the development of faculty with superlative skills in the classroom, the college offers a program to provide recognition and rewards for those faculty members who demonstrate skills, commitment, and passion for educating students.

Megan Marshall was recognized with the 2011 Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching "The purpose of this award is to honor and recognize a full-time instructor who is an outstanding teacher contributing significantly to undergraduate education in the College of Agricultural Sciences. 

Jeffrey Catchmark was awarded the 2012 Gamma Sigma Delta Faculty Research Award from the College of Agricultural Sciences which recognizes outstanding research.




Engineer Authors New Standard for Ventilating Manure Storage

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) will recognize Harvey Manbeck, distinguished professor emeritus of agricultural and biological engineering, for the development of the American National Standards Institute/ASABE S607, a standard for ventilating manure storage and reducing entry risk.

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Commercial Fruit Grower's Fuel Use Calculator Now Online

Fruit growers can use this online calculator to estimate fuel use and costs for field operations.

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