Graduate Programs in Biological and Agricultural Engineering Rank 3rd in the Nation

North Carolina State’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering Graduate Programs Jumped Four Spots to Rank Third This Year US News and World Report rankings of the best colleges in the country.

US News has been evaluating higher education programs for more than 30 years and remains a leading source of institutional evaluation. According to US News, the rankings are based on expert opinion of program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. Last year, the department’s undergraduate programs moved up four spots to rank sixth in the nation.

“Our recent graduate ranking is simply a reflection of the high quality of our faculty, staff, professionals and students in our department. Over the past five years, our graduate program has grown exponentially due to our investment in innovative and high-demand research, extension and academic programs and in terms of total number, expertise and diversity of our graduate students,” says the BAE department. principal and teacher Garey Fox.

Faculty, staff, and students gathered in the Weaver Pavilion on March 29 to celebrate one of the department’s greatest accomplishments to date. Currently, BAE is enrolling 79 graduate students, including three National Science Foundation Research Fellows, representing 21 states and 12 countries.

“I feel that my works are appreciated through this [ranking]», explains Suraiya Akter, holder of an international doctorate. candidate from Bangladesh. “When my parents see this kind of news from the other side of the world, they feel really proud, which makes me happy.”

Expanding the visibility of BAE programs is important for recruiting top students and advancing interdisciplinary research to address grand challenges.

The department is visibly active with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), a trade association dedicated to the advancement of engineering, food and biological systems. There are currently 80 members in the NC State Student Chapter, and last year the department won 12 student competition awards at the association’s annual international meeting, including graduate student Carly Graves who won received the Yoerger Pre-Professional of the Year award.

For Carly, the recent ranking validates her decision to pursue graduate school at NC State after graduating from the department with a BS in biological engineering. “[The ranking] reaffirms that I will enter the workforce as prepared as anyone for a career in agricultural engineering,” she says. “As I present my research and network through the rest of my graduate degree at conferences, workshops, and other events, I know people are aware of BAE’s talent and strengths, and I’m proud to share the work in progress here.”

For more details on the Biological and Agricultural Engineering graduate programs, visit our website or contact Student Services Coordinator Heather Austin at [email protected].

Amalia H. Mercado