Jonathan W. Pote

Welcome to the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) web site. The roots of the department extend back to 1904 when Professor J.W. Fox was the first professor of Rural Engineering. The department was formally organized in 1909 as Agricultural Engineering under in the direction of J.E. Waggoner, Department Head. Today the department has one of the largest student enrollments in the Bagley College of Engineering and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in three distinct program areas: Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business.  The biological engineering B.S. degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, www.abet.org.

In addition to our strong academic programs, ABE faculty and students are actively involved in cutting edge research. Current research projects range from cardiovascular and orthopedic tissue engineering to sustainable energy to water quality modeling to precision agriculture systems. Highly motivated and talented undergraduate students often get involved in these research programs and have had opportunities to attend national scientific meetings and publish their work in scientific journals. ABE is a great place to gain valuable, hands-on experience.

We welcome prospective students to our department. We are proud of our students, and think that we have some of the very best in the university. Our department has about 552 undergraduate and 25 graduate students. Our faculty is committed to working with you to provide you with the best educational experience possible.

Thank you for visiting our web site, and our best wishes for your future endeavors.

Jonathan Pote
Department Head