Welcome to the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. We provide outstanding teaching, research, and outreach for agricultural and biological systems. As an ABE student, you’ll learn how to design and manage technological solutions to problems in agricultural, food, and other biological systems. You’ll also conduct research and outreach in the following areas: 

  • sustainable bioprocessing and industrial biotechnology
  • robotics and automation for agricultural systems
  • soil and water resources engineering
  • bioenvironmental engineering
  • agricultural and industrial safety and health

ABE is a part of two colleges at the University of Illinois: the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), and The Grainger College of Engineering; this means you’ll be able to utilize resources and connect with faculty in both colleges.


We will be a preeminent agricultural and biological engineering department, addressing grand challenges related to food, agriculture, and the environment.


To ensure an abundant food supply, sustainable and innovative agriculture, and environmentally sustainable use of natural resources by advancing and integrating engineering, technology and life sciences, and developing human capacity. We are committed to creating an inclusive, diverse, and rewarding atmosphere for work and learning.

Research and Extension

ABE conducts research and outreach in areas related to food, energy, water, and the environment. The department is recognized for its research and outreach in off-road equipment engineering, bioprocessing, soil and water resources engineering, agricultural and industrial safety and health, and bioenvironmental engineering. Current major research projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DOD), among others.

The department also makes considerable contributions to the University of Illinois Extension. Our Extension faculty and specialists work to improve the environment and the lives of individuals by providing research-based easy-to-learn information to the community. ABE extension specialties include safety and health, sustainable livestock production with farmers on livestock waste management, air quality control in livestock facilities and environmental stewardship. 



We are happy to help answer your questions and discuss how we can help you reach your goals.