The overarching goal of agricultural and biological engineering work is to enhance complex living systems involving agriculture, food, environment and energy. The ABE department works toward this goal by applying principles from many scientific and engineering disciplines.
Geographically located in an area of intense agricultural production, with access to good transportation facilities and surrounded by a large concentration of agricultural and industrial equipment manufacturers and food processors, the department is in an enviable position to serve all areas of the agricultural community.
Many agricultural engineering graduates who have been educated and trained in the modern teaching facilities and research laboratories of the University of Illinois Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building are employed throughout the nation. Interaction and cooperation with these graduates and other alumni scattered throughout the world help maintain a viable, useful research program.