UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Agricultural engineering is also commonly known as biological systems engineering or bioproducts and biosystems engineering.
Agricultural engineering students learn to apply engineering principles to agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, and to human and natural resources. Students combine their knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering with creativity and planning, to design, manufacture, and support machinery and structures used in the agriculture and food processing industries. Agricultural engineers work in teams with mechanical engineers, civil engineers, electrical engineers, manufacturing engineers, and others to create new products and then turn those designs into reality. Agricultural engineers strive to meet the various constraints in their work, such as economic, safety, sustainability, and time. They are effective communicators and understand the role of an engineer in the broader societal context.
Students can choose from one of three options to focus their degree:
The UWRF program prepares students for careers in machine design, food process engineering, building design engineering, natural resources engineering, test engineering, safety engineering and other fields related to production and processing of food, fiber, energy and natural systems.
The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences already has a strong internship program with students being placed at companies like Bobcat, Hartung Brothers, ADM, Cargill Kitchen Solutions, Case-IH, New Holland, Mac-Don, Adecco, as well as state and local government.
The department has long standing connections with a variety of regional industry partners - Cargill Kitchen Solutions, Oxbo International, Case IH (CNH Global NV), CLAAS of America, The Toro Company, The Manitowoc Company, Parker Hannifin - that have experience with our agricultural engineering technology students are are excited to extend their partnership to include our professional engineering program.
Current faculty hold PhD degrees from Iowa State University, Purdue University, and UW-Madison and have over 22 years of combined industry experience, working in the U.S., Japan, and the middle east. UWRF faculty have engineering backgrounds and expertise in:
Additional faculty will be added as the agricultural engineering program develops.
Engineering students need a foundation in advanced math and calculus-based physics. High school students interested in this major should take mathematics classes through pre-calculus, chemistry, physics, English composition, speech, and computer-aided drawing (CAD).
If comparing programs, agricultural engineering programs at other universities have developed in different ways and may be referred to as agricultural and biological engineering, biological systems engineering, or agricultural and biosystems engineering.
Lindsey Murry, the first agricultural engineering major, graduated this May 2019. Read more about what she's doing now and her plans for her future career.