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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Specialization/Research Areas

Pursue studies in one of the following research specialization areas:

  •  Agrichemical Application Technology
  • Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Agricultural Water Management
  • Agricultural Air Quality
  • Bio Engineering
  • Composting
  • Construction Systems Management
  • Ecohydrology
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Food and Process Engineering
  • Greenhouse Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Remote Sensing 
  • Vegetation Biophysics
  • Watershed Systems
  • Wastewater and Solid Waste Management


Agrichemical Application Technology

Methods and equipment for safe and efficient application of agricultural chemicals.

Agricultural Safety and Health

Agricultural rescue, safety of agricultural equipment and horse-drawn vehicles on rural roads, grain handling safety, agricultural injuries, injury prevention, occupational health, and assistive technology for ag equipment.

Agricultural Water Management

Includes modeling hydrologic systems, drainage, water quality, remote sensing, soil erosion, irrigation, reservoir sedimentation, and the development of techniques to prevent or control water quality impacts.

Agricultural Air Quality

Research focuses on air quality and bioenvironmental engineering control including measurement, modeling, and mitigation of indoor environment, air quality and emissions of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s).

Bio Engineering

Includes development of biorefinery processes for production of fuels, chemicals, polymers, and materials from lignocellulosic biomass, research into renewable energy systems and food and bioprocess engineering.


Composting research includes research on the development of processes for urban and agricultural composting, compost contaminants, and investigations of microbial communities active in composts and during the composting process.

Construction Systems Management

The program provides graduates with knowledge and skills necessary to join the construction industry. Such knowledge and skills include construction methods, structural systems, contract administration, specifications, planning, estimating, scheduling, and evaluating project performance.

Ecological Engineering

Ecological engineering is a new discipline created to design natural ecosystems for societal and environmental benefits.

Food and Process Engineering

Food engineering is a multidisciplinary program which combines science, microbiology, and engineering education to prepare students for exciting careers in food and related industries.

Greenhouse Engineering

Automation for controlled environment plant production, robotics and mechatronics for bioprocesses.

Wastewater and Solid Waste Management

Concentration on wastewater treatment, water supply, waste management, ecosystems for waste treatment.

Watershed Systems

Development, evaluation and implementation of strategies for managing drainage waters.