Who We Are
In the early twentieth century, even in
industrialized countries, production of the world's food supply
required the labor of half the population. Today, thanks in large
part to advancements made by biological and agricultural engineers,
developed countries can accomplish this using only a slim 2% of
their populations. And engineering efforts have not been limited to
food production: fiber, timber, and energy products, as well as the
technologies, equipment, and precious natural resources required to
produce them, have all benefited from the talents and vision of
biological and agricultural engineers.
Now, new challenges present themselves. As world population
swells, more food, energy, and goods are required. But our limited
natural resources demand that we produce more with less, that
higher productivity does not degrade our environment, and that we
search for new ways to use agricultural products, byproducts, and
wastes. Biological and agricultural engineers are responding with
viable, environmentally sustainable solutions, the success of which
is expanding career opportunities in renewable energy, food safety,
bioprocesses and more.
Just What is Biological and Agricultural Engineering?
Biological and agricultural engineers ensure that we have the
necessities of life: safe and plentiful food to eat, pure water to
drink, clean fuel and energy sources, and a safe, healthy
environment in which to live. More specifically, biological and
agricultural engineering (BAE) is the application of engineering
principles to any process associated with producing agriculturally
based goods and management of our natural resources.
Biological and agricultural engineers. . .
- Devise practical, efficient solutions for producing, storing,
transporting, processing, and packaging agricultural products
- Solve problems related to systems, processes, and machines that
interact with humans, plants, animals, microorganisms, and
- Develop solutions for responsible, alternative uses of
agricultural products, byproducts and wastes and of our natural
resources - soil, water, air, and energy.
And they do all this with a constant eye toward improved
protection of people, animals, and the environment.
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Who Employs Biological and Agricultural Engineers?
Archer Daniels Midland
Briggs & Stratton
Florida Light & Power
Ford Motor Co
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance
M & M Mars
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Svc
US Department of Energy
US Environmental Protection Agency
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