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Agricultural Engineering

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The agricultural engineering concentration includes the integration of physical and biological sciences as a foundation for engineering application in the design of systems for renewable energy, off-road equipment, water quality, and the utilization and protection of soil and water resources.

  • Students in renewable energy systems learn engineering principles to design energy systems that rely on renewable sources including sunlight, wind, geothermal, and biomass.
  • Off-road equipment engineering provides students with knowledge and skills in the design, manufacturing, testing, and operation of agricultural and construction equipment.
  • Students in soil and water resources engineering learn principles and practices related to the development, conservation, and sustainable use of natural ecosystems, including land and water resources.
  • Additional coursework in statistical methods, circuits, and mechanics is required.
  • Students in the agricultural engineering concentration have obtained jobs in consulting firms, government agencies (Agricultural Research Service, Environmental Protection Agency), industry (Caterpillar, Deere, DuPont, Monsanto), and research (WorldBank).
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Questions about this concentration can be directed to:

Dr. Luis Rodriguez
372a AESB
1304 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Career Opportunity Spotlight

Energy Senior Engineer

Kimberly Noe

Agricultural Engineering (ABE) graduate Kimberly Noe enjoys her position as an energy senior engineer, especially because of the interaction with people.

“I enjoy the people aspect of my job the most,” Kimberly says. “I meet people from across the United States and the globe and learn about their lives and the business.”

Kimberly has always enjoyed interacting and learning about others. As a student at U of I, she was a member of multiple student organizations, including the Illini Pullers, Alpha Omega Epsilon, Alpha Epsilon, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and Engineering Council.

Looking back on her college days, though, Kimberly wishes that she would have spent a little less time in extracurriculars and more focused on taking ABE classes.

“The engineering courses were great at teaching theory and teamwork, but I believe I missed out on some of the hands-on experiences,” Kimberly says. “TSM classes would have been a great break from the technical and would have been application of the theory we were learning in our ABE [ag and bioengineering] courses.”


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