Overview of ABE

Welcome!

Welcome to the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, ABE@Illinois.

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois (ABE@Illinois) provides outstanding teaching, research, and outreach for agricultural and biological systems. Our students learn engineering and scientific skills to design and/or manage technological solutions to problems in agricultural, food, and other biological systems. Our faculty and graduate students conduct mission-oriented research and outreach in strategic areas, including sustainable bioprocessing and industrial biotechnology, robotics and automation for agricultural systems, soil and water resources engineering, bioenvironmental engineering, and agricultural and industrial safety and health.

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) is part of two colleges at the University of Illinois: the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), and The Grainger College of Engineering (GCOE). This means our students are able to utilize resources and connect with faculty in both colleges.

 

Our Vision:

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

 

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs:

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Technical Systems Management (TSM) and ABE. The undergraduate and graduate programs in TSM are administered through the College of ACES. The undergraduate and graduate programs in ABE at the University of Illinois have been consistently ranked as among the best in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report. The undergraduate program in ABE is administered through both the College of ACES and the GCOE. The M.S. and Ph.D. programs in ABE are administered through the GCOE. 

 

Academic Programs offered in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Area/Field of Study Degree Program College
Technical Systems Management (TSM)

B.S.

M.S.

Professional Science Master's (PSM)

Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES)
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE)

B.S.

M.S.

Ph.D.

ACES & the Grainger College of Engineering (GCOE)

GCOE

GCOE

Bioprocessing and Bioenergy PSM ACES

 

Our Mission:

"To ensure 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:

As part of the land grant mission, the ABE department conducts mission-oriented research and outreach in strategic 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 a considerable contribution to the University of Illinois Extension and Outreach. Our Extension faculty and specialists work to improve the environment and the lives of individuals by providing research based, practical education 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. 

 

Interested? Contact Us!

If you are considering doing undergraduate or graduate work at ABE@Illinois, feel free to email us (abe@illinois.edu) or call 217-333-3570. We are happy to help answer your questions and discuss how our program can help you attain your career goals.