What is Agricultural and Biological Engineering?

A DEGREE IN AGRICULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING can be a fulfilling and rewarding path. Creative challenges and diverse opportunities abound. Many students delve into studies and research that lead to new solutions or the development of new products and processes. And education isn't confined to formal classrooms. "What I want to be when I grow up" is often confirmed when studying abroad or learning on-the-job through internships. Many students and career professionals across Canada have taken the ag and bio engineering path, and all affirm that it is the scenic route to an exciting profession. 

There is something for everyone in ag and bio engineering, let's discover what is amazing about this profession...

The following texts are excerpts from ASABE Resources Magazine November/December 2012 issue.

  • Energy

    Our society runs on energy, which is produced in many ways, including the combustion of fossil fuels like coal and gasoline. Too often, harmful substances are released when producing or
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  • Soil and Water

    Soil and water engineers study the interaction of plants, animals, and humans with soil and water. They seek ways to control soil erosion and reduce the effects of sediment and
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  • Power and Machinery

    Modern agricultural machines must be mechanically sound and biologically sensitive, and onboard computers are becoming standard equipment. These machines are designed and tested by engineers educated in a power and
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  • Bioprocess

    Bioprocesses include bioreactors, fermenters, and other systems for the production of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, preservatives, and food supplements. Bioprocess engineering also includes the use of biological organisms to produce energy, including
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  • Food and Process

    Food and process engineers work on the boundary where biology meets engineering. They combine design expertise with large-scale manufacturing to develop the processing methods needed by industry. They are experts
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  • Information and Electrical Technologies

    As in other industries, information and electrical technologies provide agriculture with increased efficiency, reliability, and safety. Information and electrical technologies are used throughout modern agriculture, from radio-frequency identification collars on
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  • Forest

    Forest engineering applies physical, biological, and engineering skills to solving problems in natural resources and environment, forest production systems, and related manufacturing industries. Forest engineers are involved in a full
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  • Structures and Environment

    Structures and environment engineers design and build greenhouses and animal housing, storage structures for food products, and waste handling facilities. In particular, these engineers design the systems that provide environmental
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  • Aquaculture

    Aquaculture refers to raising fish and shellfish to sell as food and for other uses, such as ornamental and bait fish. Aquacultural engineers concentrate on increasing production while decreasing costs
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  • Environmental and Quality

    Environment concerns are in the news: food processing plants are asked to reduce the pollutants returned to estuaries and bays, largescale livestock production systems affect local water and air quality,
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  • Bionanotechnology

    Bionanotechnology is an emerging interdisciplinary field at the interface of biotechnology and nanotechnology. It is a field that centers on the use of living organisms and bioprocesses in engineering, technology,
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  • Standards and Safety

    Modern agriculture depends on mechanization, but these large machines can present hazards, especially when combined with long hours and solitary working conditions. Manufacturers strive to build equipment that is safe
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