ABE doctoral student Hassan Assaf is currently designing an electrohydraulic battery-powered system to replace the internal combustion engine in a hydraulic system. (Purdue University Agricultural Communications photo/Tom Campbell) Download image
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Graduate Program is again ranked No. 1 in its category in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools, released Tuesday (March 29). The ABE graduate and undergraduate programs have consistently received top ranking over the last decade.
“The College of Agriculture proudly celebrates ABE faculty, staff and students for the number 1 ranking the graduate agricultural and biological engineering program has earned again this year. Led by Nate Mosier and now housed in a new building designed to facilitate collaboration, the department consistently demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to graduate education and innovative research,” said Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture.
Mosier, who is department head and professor of agricultural and biological engineering, described what he views as the graduate program’s standout features.
“The Purdue ABE graduate program prides itself on combining fundamental research and practical applications in machine systems, ecological engineering, bioprocessing and biological engineering. Students consistently say that they appreciate the opportunities to collaborate with others from many different disciplines and backgrounds across the university.”
Mung Chiang, the John A. Edwardson Dean, College of Engineering, also cited the valuable collaboration between the colleges. “This number 1 ranking is a reflection of our outstanding faculty, students and staff. We are excited about the future of digital agriculture with connected and precision ag technologies and about the colleges of Agriculture and Engineering amplifying this strong partnership.”
Mosier said that diverse opportunities create important options for graduate students.
“Many of our graduates are working in industry, government and academia after leaving Purdue,” he said. “We have graduates at pharmaceutical, machinery and digital agriculture companies, engineering consulting firms, government agencies like USDA, and more. Some are starting their own companies or joining startups to bring new technologies to market to make food,
pharmaceutical and machinery more sustainable and efficient.”
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