ABE Values, Vision and Mission

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The mission of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is to integrate life and engineering for enhancement of complex living systems. Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Strategic Plan, 2006

The distinction of being ranked the best undergraduate department in our field did not come without a clear vision of what it takes to achieve and maintain excellence in teaching, research and outreach. We plan to continue these land grant functions and build on past success as our Department transforms into a future bio-based engineering and technology leader.

This holistic approach of integrating biology and engineering is explained in detail in two documents, the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Strategic Intent, and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Strategic Plan.

Strategic Intent outlines the values, vision and mission of the Department, as well as the goals we believe will fulfill our mission, and how we will measure success in those areas.

The Strategic Plan is a more comprehensive document that details the ACESys paradigm (Automation-Culture-Environment-Systems Core Competencies) and the Department’s planning strategy. It also expands on the areas of strategic goals (addressing issues that will allow us to continue to produce science-based outcomes of high and sustained impact), and strategic initiatives (providing leadership in exploring specific technical areas relevant to our discipline). Ways to maintain and upgrade our facilities, and methods for generating revenues to enhance our programs and advance our goals are also addressed.

The College of ACES’ vision is to be “globally preeminent and locally relevant.” The College of Engineering strives to be “the standard of excellence by which all other engineering schools measure themselves.” As part of the College of ACES and the College of Engineering, the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is positioned to contribute to the vision of both in a significant way. Strategic Intent and Strategic Plan will help you understand why.