Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - NDSU

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABEN) program prepares men and women for careers that require the application of physical, biological and engineering sciences to solve problems that involve living systems.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABEN) bring together the knowledge of living systems, engineering technologies, and a social conscience to solve the tough problems facing our planet. Men and women in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering are professional engineers with commitments to the well-being of humans, animals, plants and ecosystems. They are highly-skilled in developing innovative approaches to solving problems affecting all types of living systems and in developing products from biological resources.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers will be increasingly important to society as the world becomes more highly populated and our global ecosystem becomes more fragile. Wise decisions about appropriate technology and resource use will require a basic understanding of biological systems. The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer is uniquely qualified to apply the knowledge of both biology and engineering to solve important societal problems.

The Agricultural Systems Management program emphasizes engineering technology and the management of physical and biological systems for agricultural production, handling and processing of agricultural commodities, and maintaining environmental quality. Agricultural Systems Management is the application of biological, physical, mechanical, and business knowledge to support and manage agricultural production systems, product processing systems, and related industries.

ASM graduates manage people, money, and machines. They excel at management, marketing, and customer service by applying their knowledge of agri-production and agri-processing technology, business management, communications and computer skills. Positions filled by ASM graduates are those that bridge the gap between engineers and the users of engineered systems. The program is designed for students whose interests lie in the application, operation, and management of the equipment (power & machinery), natural resources (soil & water), or commodity handling and processing elements of the agricultural industry. Students majoring in ASM often also obtain a minor in business or another discipline.

The assets of physical systems used in the production and processing of agricultural products are estimated to be over $400 billion. The value of the manufactured inputs delivered annually to support production and on-farm processing is $22 billion. Thousands of companies and agencies perform a wide range of services in delivering these physically-oriented inputs to nearly two million farms and ranches and thousands of processing facilities which comprise the agricultural production and processing system. These companies and agencies require employees who can respond to changing customer needs.

The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at North Dakota State University is here to serve our students and our profession by providing quality educational programs that prepare graduates for 21st century living and career opportunities. Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - NDSU strives to generate new knowledge in engineering and allied technologies for production agriculture, the food system, and related environmental resources.

Mission of Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - NDSU is to discover and extend knowledge and technology (via teaching, research and extension programs) that serve to advance the productivity of agriculture, the processing and utilization of biological materials, and the sustainability, use and management of environmental resources.

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering department actively conducts research that extends the knowledge base for enhancing agricultural efficiency, profitability and sustainability as well as maintaining quality and adding value to biological materials.  Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - NDSU extension faculty provide outreach education focused on identified issues and needs including agri-production systems, environmental resources management and agricultural safety.