2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Oct 15, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

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Van Kelley, Department Head
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Agricultural Engineering 107


Distinguished Professor

K. Muthukumarappan


Gary Anderson, Todd Trooien

Associate Professors

Zhengrong Gu, Van Kelley

Assistant Professors

Joseph Darrington, Aaron Franzen, Rachel McDaniel, John McMaine, Lin Wei


Douglas Prairie, Nicholas Uilk

Adjunct Professors

Jeppe Kjaersgaard


Shu-Tung Chu, Darrell DeBoer, Mylo Hellickson, Stephen Pohl, Martin Schipull, Hal Werner


The mission of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is to provide professional education at the undergraduate and graduate levels for engineers and technologists who will serve agricultural, biological, and environmental industries, conduct research and provide technological leadership in engineering design and management for the agricultural community and its affiliated industries.

The educational objectives for the Agricultural Systems Technology program are fulfilled as graduates develop successful careers in which they continue to grow in their professional skills, assume increasing professional responsibility, and show leadership in their careers, professional organizations, and communities.

Department Objectives

Graduates will do the following:

  • Advance within the agricultural and biosystems engineering profession as practicing engineers and consultants to positions of management, supervision, or leadership in a diversity of organizations or companies within the areas of agricultural and off–road machines; processing of food, fiber, and energy products; management of natural resources; air quality; structural systems; information and control systems; or other related areas.
  • Progress within the agricultural and biosystems technology profession to management (business and economics), leadership, supervision systems functionality, and data optimization and use in the array of entities within agriculture, ag machinery, livestock facilities, grain handling and storage facilities, and crop and livestock production systems.
  • Obtain graduate degrees at recognized research universities in agricultural and biosystems engineering or related fields.
  • Obtain professional registration or other professional certification where appropriate.




Graduate Programs*

  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (M.S.)
  • Agricultural, Biosystems and Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)
  • Biological Sciences (Ph.D.) - Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Specialization

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities & Services

The department conducts research aimed at improving performance and reducing cost at all levels of production with minimal environment impact. Research is conducted in University labs and in the field, either at four Research and Extension Centers or on producer farms. Additionally, the South Dakota Water Resources Institute (SDWRI) is co-located with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in the Agricultural Engineering building, office 211 on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, SD.

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities

The department provides opportunities for student engagement and support through student clubs (such as the Quarter Scale Tractor Team and ABE/AST Club), scholarships, design projects, and internship coordination.

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