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Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Engineering. Precision. Technology. Driving the Future of Agriculture.


Welcome to the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, where we strive to impact the future of agriculture through engineering, precision and technology. The ABE Department focuses on identifying and improving the world's food production systems and available natural resources for an enhanced agricultural future.

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We prepare our students to positively affect and lead the future of agriculture. Our undergraduate students can major in three programs - Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), Precision Agriculture (PRAG) and Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) - all of which prepare students for a broad range of careers across the agricultural industry. Our graduate students can pursue degrees in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (M.S.), Science in Engineering (M.Eng.), Agricultural, Biosystems and Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) and Biological Sciences with a specialization in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (Ph.D.).

We also provide the public and industry with the resources necessary to build healthy communities. Cutting-edge research in our department spans topics that range from food safety and biodiesel fuel to biofilms and biosensors. Our Extension engineers and specialists provide information regarding water management and resources, environmental quality, climatology and youth education outreach. The Mesonet at SDState, South Dakota's live weather network, provides accurate weather updates every five minutes to increase agricultural efficiency and the Water Resources Institute provides leadership on evolving water concerns and problems faced by South Dakota citizens.

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10 years, 10 milestones — How the college has developed since Oct. 4, 2013

Ten years ago this fall, the College of Engineering became the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering to honor the man who had at that point given in excess of $10 million to college construction projects.

Raven Precision Agriculture Center design claims award

The design of one of the newest buildings on the South Dakota State University campus — the Raven Precision Agriculture Center — has been recognized by the South Dakota chapter of the American Institute of Architects. ...

Gibbons retires after 36 years of service to SDSU

Bill Gibbons, director of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at South Dakota State University, associate dean of research for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and distinguished professor, retired in July 2023 after 36 years of dedicated service to the university.