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Information for Prospective Graduate Students

A Top-Quality Program

The Purdue University Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is consistently ranked among the top in the nation. In fact, our graduate program has been ranked #1 by US News & World Report for the seventh consecutive year.

Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University

Graduate Program Deadline---December 1, 2015.

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by December 1, 2015 to be considered for admission into the MS or PhD graduate program. Early application is strongly encouraged. To be considered for Graduate Fellowships, applicants must submit all materials by the December 1 deadline.

Timetable below with key steps in the application and admissions process for the ABE graduate program:


Process Event

December 1

All application materials received by the Graduate School


Review of applications by the ABE Graduate Committee

Mid- January

Internal applicants—luncheon with ABE Faculty by invitation

External applicants—Interested Faculty conduct phone interviews with promising applicants


Select applicants visit Purdue campus during the Graduate Research Symposium….at least one Faculty member should express interest in applicant.   By invitation only


Notification of acceptance and offers of financial support

April 15

Applicants accept or reject offers

3rd week of August

Admitted students arrive on campus for program orientation and start of semester

Degree Programs

We have master's and doctoral-level programs available in the following areas of specialization:

  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • Biological Engineering and Technology
  • Biological and Food Process Engineering
  • Ecological Sciences and Engineering
  • Fluid Power (Engineering)

Graduate Research Opportunities

Grad student conducting an experimentWithin the above degree programs our faculty teach and conduct research in the following broad areas:

  • Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Bioenergy
  • Biological Engineering
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Fluid Power
  • Food Process Engineering
  • Food Safety
  • Machine Systems

In addition, we are a member department of Purdue's Ecological Sciences and Engineering interdisciplinary graduate program.

Excellent facilities and internationally-known faculty support approximately 110 graduate students per year.

We are always looking for outstanding students to join our innovative research programs.  Both Masters and PhD degrees are offered in a variety of fields.  To find out more about specific research opportunities, please contact individual faculty members, or browse the web site.

To learn more about the Purdue ABE graduate program, consult our Graduate Student Manual.


We welcome your application for admission to our graduate program.  In order to receive maximum consideration for financial support, your application and all supporting documentation should be received on or before the dates listed below:

Fall Summer preceding Fall Spring of following year
December 1 December 1 October 1

In order to receive maximum consideration for financial support, submit your application by the above dates.

For additional details on application requirements, see:

Submit your application online via the Graduate School’s application website (site available after 7/1/15).  For more information contact Graduate Program Administrator (765) 494-1166.


Prestigious fellowships are available for outstanding graduate students who plan to complete a Ph.D. Nearly all graduate students in our department are supported by fellowships or research assistantships, which fund both Ph.D. and M.S. students. Research projects that fund assistantships change each year, so contact specific faculty (see below) to determine opportunities for which you may be qualified.

We encourage all applicants to complete the Fellowship Applicant Essay, which you can access and submit via the application website.

Please note the dates above (Applying) in order to receive maximum financial consideration.

Research Areas for Potential Graduate Students in Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Faculty name Research areas
Vincent Bralts Irrigation Design and Management. Hydraulic network analysis using FEM. Irrigation scheduling. Expert Systems. Land and water resources planning. International development. Engineering education and administration.
Dennis Buckmaster Agricultural Systems Management Application of mobile technologies for information collection and management; forage and biomass harvest and handling; livestock feeding.
Osvaldo Campanella Food Process Engineering. Food Rheology. Food Extrusion, evaporation. Food processes simulation.
Indrajeet Chaubey Ecohydrology and Ecological Engineering. Measurement and modeling of solute and sediment transport at various spatial/temporal scales, interaction of terrestrial and aquatic processes affecting water quality and linking these processes to develop integrated watershed/water quality management technology.
Keith Cherkauer Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering. Cold climate hydrology, remote sensing and large-scale data analysis
Sadegh Dabiri Fluid Power Systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Cavitation
Meng Deng Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery. Rational design of new polymers and composites. Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery. Development of bioengineered systems for tissue regeneration and controlled delivery of therapeutics.
Bernard Engel Information Systems Soil and Water Resource Engineering. Hydrologic/water quality modeling. GIS, simulation.
Abigail Engelberth Bioseparations for the recovery of valuable co-products from biomass either prior to processing or from waste streams. Modeling of Bioprocess recovery and process integration for economic determination of co-product value.
Daniel Ess Precision Agriculture, sustainable agricultural production systems, and agricultural systems management.
William Field Agricultural Safety & Health, Rural Rehabilitation, and AgroSecurity. Focusing on loss prevention in the workplace.
Dennis Flanagan Soil Erosion Mechanics, Prediction, and Control. Soil detachment, transport, and deposition processes. Process-based soil erosion modeling. Soil amendments for erosion control. Water quality monitoring and modeling.
Jane Frankenberger Watershed Modeling and Management . Drainage and water quality, soil and water engineering.. GIS for watershed analysis. Conservation practices to improve water quality.
Margaret Gitau Water Quality
Konstantina Gkritza Transportation planning Economics and modeling, transportation energy and sustainability, agricultural transportation and logistics; highway safety, transportation electrification.
Albert Heber Air Quality and Building Environmental Control. Field and laboratory research of agricultural dust, gases, and odors; measurement, emission rates and control. Odor evaluation. Biofiltration of air for advanced life support.
Klein Ileleji Grain post-harvest handling & storage, powder technology and logistics with focus on post-harvest operations, storage and feedstock characterization for grains, oilseeds, bioprocessing coproducts and lignocellulosic biomass.
Joseph Irudayaraj Biosensors and Single molecule spectroscopy High-speed screening and super-resolution microscopy of biomarkers for cancer screening, targeted Drug Delivery using nanomaterials, novel Nanoscale devices.
Monika Ivantysynova Fluid Power System Design, Modeling and Multi-domain Simulation. Energy saving actuators, advanced transmission concepts, drive line control, computer based optimization of positive displacement pumps and motors.
Gary Krutz Sensor Development for agricultural automation applicable to robotics and farm machinery. Electromagnetic devices for sensing technology. Color machine vision. Electro hydraulics and feedback control systems.
Michael Ladisch Bioprocess Engineering: Bioseparations (liquid chromatography, membrane separations, microfluidics). Biocatalysis for biofuels (enzymes, cellulose pretreatment, fermentation, process  scale-up).  Pathogen Detection (food safety).
John Lumkes Fluid power. Design of machines and systems. Sustainable technologies for developing countries. Modeling, simulation, and control of dynamic systems. Autonomous and drive-by-wire technologies for vehicles.
Sara McMillan Ecological Engineering and Biogeochemistry Nutrient dynamics in coupled human-natural systems; monitoring and modeling of stormwater management and ecosystem restoration at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
Rabi Mohtar Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering. Multi-scale hydrological processes modeling, transfer across hydrological scales, dryland water management, water-energy-food nexus.
Nathan Mosier Bioprocessing. Conversion of renewable resources to fuels, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Biocatalysis Enzymes for lignocellulosic biomass hydrolysis, biotransformation of natural raw materials to value-added products.
Ganesan Narsimhan Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena. Pore formation by antimicrobial peptides in lipid bilayers, molecular dynamics simulation of protein conformation, oxidative stability in food emulsions, pasting behavior of starch.
Jiqin Ni Waste Management to protect water and air quality. Anaerobic digestion for renewable energy production and pollution control. Air pollution monitoring, evaluation, and modeling. Data acquisition and control software programming. Sensor development.
Martin Okos Food and Bioprocess Engineering. Heat and mass transfer in foods. Computer-aided process design. Continuous fermentors. Experimental and computer-aided research in optimization of food and bioprocesses.
D. Marshall Porterfield Biosensors. Lab-on-a-chip MEMS devices for cell sensing. Biomimetic sensors for environmental monitoring Bio-nanotechnology. Bioregenerative Life Support. Nutrient delivery systems for use in microgravity.
Jenna Rickus Biomaterials. Materials to measure, control, and mimic living cells. Biosensors. Nano/micro biosensors for cell physiology.  Applications in cell transplantation, bioreactors, implantable devices.
Richard Stroshine Physical Properties of Biomaterials. Magnetic resonance detection of quality in agricultural materials and food products; measurement of grain storability and quality; biomedical and bioprocess engineering.
Robert Stwalley Bioenergy and the Design of Machines and Systems for Agriculture.
Bernard Tao Bioprocessing, Bioproducts. Biofuels processing/separation, chemical synthesis/modification of biomaterials, synthesis of DNA-protein bioconjugates, bioproducts development.
David Umulis Systems Biology. Interdisciplinary research: mechanisms of development and regulation of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins. Finite-element modeling of biological systems. Quantitative image analysis, microscopy, and data-driven modeling.
Andrea Vacca Fluid Power Systems. Design, modeling and testing of novel concepts for Hydraulic Valves and Hydrostatic Pumps/Motors. Formulation of new approaches to model fluid properties.