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Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

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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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The Phantom, SDSU’s entry team in the International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition in Peoria, Illinois, sits ready to compete.

So close: SDSU comes up just short for quarter-scale tractor threepeat

By the narrowest of margins — two points out of more than 2,000 — the SDSU Quarter Scale Tractor Team came up just short of winning its third consecutive national title. Competing at the 27th annual International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition at the Expo Gardens Fairgrounds in Peoria, Illinois, the South Dakota State University team placed third out of 21 teams.

Fluid power team earns awards at national contest

Members of the Fluid Power Club at South Dakota State University returned from the National Fluid Power Association’s Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge in Ames, Iowa, April 24-26, with a pair of awards.

Engineering Expo winners announced

Please proviSenior engineering students put their year’s efforts on display at the Engineering Expo April 23 at the Raven Precision Agriculture Center. The winning entry was a drone battery swapping station entered by Justin Potts, Daniel Messerli, Mason Krause, Ethan Ellender and Cory Kleve. They built a modified drone and landing station that swaps drone batteries autonomously, allowing for a quick and self-sufficient swap. The portable station can be powered by wall power or a battery. Second place went to the team of Marcus Decker, Riley Spade and Adam and Alan Cowl, who redesigned the drivetrain for the off-road Baja vehicle for the Society of Automotive Engineers contest. Tying for third were a sprayer trainer stand (see photo and description below) and a wearable intravenous sleeve designed by Dalton Anderson, Nathan Lawrence, Connor Gress, Jonah Coffel. de a story summary.