Graduate Students

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 ten of the last eleven years. Innovative research in the department focuses on the application of engineering principles to biological systems, resulting in the creation of new products and practices that improve the quality of human life.

Research Areas

Featured Graduate Student

Modified Hydroponic Shipping Containers (MHSC) and other vertical farms offer a mobile method of growing and distributing crops to a variety of locations, including food deserts, or communities with limited access to nutritious foods.

Rachel Sparks' research on reducing energy consumption in these systems has the potential to increase environmental sustainability of the design while also decreasing operational costs, subsequently making foods produced in these systems more affordable for consumers.