Professional Development

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Many of the Department's faculty and staff employ undergraduate students to work in their labs, on their research, or in their fields. Students may also have the opportunity to get credit for working on projects with faculty members.

Career & Placement Services

Within the Department

The Department is regularly contacted by companies and individuals looking to employ our students. Fliers for positions are posted on bulletin boards near the north end of the building on both the first and second floors. Emails are sent out with job and internship information. Announcements are posted on the Departmental Job Board. Contact the Student Academic Program Coordinator, Anne Marie Boone for more information.

From the College and University

College of ACES Student Development & Career Services

The College of ACES provides many career services to its students. They host workshops, graduate college panels, and career fairs, offer career and interest assessments, provide resume review services, and hold mock interviews. Their services are open to anyone in the Department although they are more relevant for TSM students.

Engineering Career Services

ECS hosts workshops, resume reviews, mock interviews, career fairs, and corporate interviews. ECS serves as a liaison between engineering students and employers. Their services are open to anyone in the Department.

The Career Center

The campus-wide TCC offers many of the same services as the college-based centers offer. Their services are available to all Illinois students, graduate students, and alumni.

Student Clubs

The student clubs affiliated with the Department offer opportunities for professional development including participation in regional, national, and international meetings and conferences and the chance to interact with alumni and other professionals.

Going to Graduate School

Many of our undergraduate students go on to graduate school. Whether you choose to continue your education at Illinois or go elsewhere, you should make an informed choice.

We currently offer programs at the MS and PhD level in Agricultural Engineering. See examples of research currently being done in the Department.

Picking a Program

Here are some helpful hints on how to select a graduate program.

  • If you know what your specific research interests are, you may want to speak with one of our faculty about their program or about researchers that they would recommend.
  • Another option if you know where your interests lie is to do an article search and then contact the authors of those articles which most appeal to you.
  • Look at national rankings such as U.S. News & World Report to find out who has a good undergraduate program in ABE (which is not ranked at the graduate level) or at the graduate level if you are interesting in pursuing a different area of engineering.
  • Attend the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering International Conference and talk to people about their work and the programs at their institutions.
  • Do undergraduate research to determine if you enjoy doing research.
  • Visit the programs that you are considering. While there, speak to some graduate students about their satisfaction with the program, their research, their advisor, and the institution.
  • Ask about financing your education. Will you receive a stipend? Tuition waiver? Research funds?

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

The first step to become certified as a Professional Engineer is to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, formerly known as the EIT.