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With an anticipated completion in 2020, the new Agricultural & Biological Engineering building will bring faculty home from 11 campus buildings to 165,000 square feet of new and remodeled space.

by College of Engineering

Bernard Engel

For eight consecutive years, Purdue’s Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ABE) undergraduate program has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report. Its graduate program was ranked first for the 10th time in the past 11 years.

Bernard Engel led the department for the past 14 years. He credits the University and colleges for this achievement. Engel was named as the new associate dean of research and graduate education for Purdue’s College of Agriculture on Jan. 14, 2019.

In announcing his selection, Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, said: “Dr. Engel’s leadership in his department, our college and the College of Engineering distinctly qualify him for this position. He is a world-renowned researcher and innovative and highly successful department head. Our faculty and college will benefit from his experience and his vision for expanding Purdue Agriculture’s global impact.”

There are three areas of study within ABE: Agricultural Systems Management; Biological Engineering; and Agriculture Engineering with emphases in Environmental & Natural Resources Engineering and Machine Systems Engineering.

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Karen Plaut

“The College of Agriculture has a long history of collaboration with the College of Engineering. Our shared department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is just one example of how we work together to promote student success, research and engagement. Our faculty work together to bring creative and innovative solutions to grand challenges that make a difference around the world.”

Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean, College of Agriculture