Purdue ABE program ranked #1 for eighth consecutive year

Environmental Quality Lab ABE 106, Sara McMillan, assistant professor

Purdue’s Agricultural Biological Engineering Program (ABE) is ranked first in its category by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth consecutive year. ABE’s graduate program was ranked first earlier this year for the 10th time in the past 11 years.

Karen Plaut, Purdue’s Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, addressed the department’s accomplishment. “To hold these types of ranking for extended periods of time is impressive and indicates the tremendous impact ABE faculty and staff are having within their disciplines,” she said.

Mung Chiang, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, describes the rankings as a sign of the esteem in which the department is held in the “minds of peers around the country.”

Bernie Engel, ABE professor and department head, has led the department for the past 14 years. He credits the university and colleges for this achievement.

“We benefit greatly from the strength of the university, agriculture and engineering,” he said. “Purdue’s commitment to the breadth and depth of the ABE profession is noteworthy and sets us apart nationally and internationally. While many programs have been forced to focus more narrowly, we maintained strengths in longstanding areas within our profession while also growing and evolving in the biological engineering area.”

Engel also highlights the contributions of the department’s alumni.

 “Any department that consistently receives this kind of recognition must acknowledge the influence our alumni are having throughout the world,” he said.

Purdue’s ABE building is undergoing major renovations and additions. “We are extremely grateful to Purdue, the state of Indiana and all our alumni and friends who have made these new facilities possible because they believe in our mission. We look forward to continuing to meet and exceed these expectations,” Engel said.

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