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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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John McMaine

John McMaine named William Mibra Griffith and Byrne S. Griffith Endowed Chair in Agriculture and Water Resources Management

John McMaine has been named the university’s first recipient of the William Mibra Griffith and Byrne S. Griffith Endowed Chair in Agriculture and Water Resources Management. An investiture ceremony was held on campus Sept.

South Dakota State University 1/4 Scale Tractor Team Wins National Competition

The South Dakota State University 1/4 Scale Tractor Team was recently named champions of the 2022 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

South Dakota State University Students Attend National Farm Machinery Show

Seventeen students studying agricultural and biosystems engineering, precision agriculture, agricultural systems technology, agronomy, mechanical engineering and construction management and one faculty member, recently attended the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Feb.