• Ag Engineering 3D printing 2017
  • Ag Engineering CAD Lab
  • AET 251 2019 spring course

Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural 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:

  • Machinery Systems (MS): specialize in mechanical equipment like machines, engines, tractors, trucks and more
  • Food and Process Systems (PRS): specialize in food processing for those interested in food engineering as a career track
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Systems (NRES): specialize in air, water and soil, and the systems that protect those resources

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.

Industry Ties

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.

Faculty Expertise

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:

  • Agricultural and Water Resource Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Food and Bioprocess Engineering

Additional faculty will be added as the agricultural engineering program develops.

Considering Agricultural Engineering?

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.


ABET accreditation

Degree Requirements

Agricultural Engineering major

4-Year Completion Plan

Machinery Systems (MS) option
Food and Process Systems (PRS) option
Natural Resources and Environmental Systems (NRES) option

Lindsey Murry, the first agricultural engineering major, graduated May 2019. Read more about what she's doing now and her plans for her future career.