The Department of Biosystems Engineering will reach its 100-year milestone in 2019.  We are planning to celebrate the history and contribution of our department to elevating the standard of rural living and economic development of the region. A few examples of the historic contributions of our department include rural electrification, cotton harvesting equipment, farm terracing and soil tillage, precision agriculture, water for agriculture, poultry housing and environment, forest engineering, ecological and environmental engineering, and biofuels and bioprocessing development.

In the early decades of the 20th century, the department was pivotal in the development of rural electrification in the country. In the early 1920s, the department developed a rural electrification cooperative agreement with Alabama Power which lasted for more than 50 years. In recognition of the department’s contribution to rural electrification, our professional organization, ASABE, has designated our department as a historic landmark. The dedication of a plaque to commemorate this contribution will occur during the departmental Centennial Celebration on April 12, 2019!  

In conjunction with our Centennial Celebration, we have commissioned a memorial book, to document the rich and varied history of our department. We need your support to defray publication costs of the book which documents the outstanding 100 year history of the former Agricultural Engineering and its transition to the current Biosystems Engineering Department.  Estimated publication cost is $20,000 for 1000 copies. When completed, the book will be distributed to alumni, colleagues, and other friends of the department.  I hope you will participate in cementing the legacy of biosystems (and agricultural) engineering in Alabama and the rest of the world. Please click the link below to make a gift. Thank you for your generous support of this project and our department, and we hope you will join us on April 12, 2019.  War Eagle!

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