Biosystems Engineering Historical Facts

  • The Biosystems Engineering Department officially began in 1919 and was named Agricultural Engineering.
  • Auburn began offering Master's degrees in Agricultural Engineering in the 1920's.
    Ag Engineering Class - 1930s

    Ag Engineering Class 1930's

    A. Dr. Jesse H. Neal

    B. Tom E. Corley

    C. Fred A. Kummer

  • The first B.S. in Agricultural Engineering was granted in 1938.
  • The Agricultural Engineering degree program received ABET accreditation in 1954. The Agricultural Engineering and now Biosystems Engineering degrees have maintained continuous ABET accreditation for 50 years
  • An interdepartmental Ph.D. program was initiated in 1959. A formal Ph.D. program in Agricultural Engineering was created 1978.
  • A B.S. degree program in Forest Engineering was created in 1978 in cooperation with what is now the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. This remains the only curriculum in Forest Engineering in the southern U.S.
  • The Forest Engineering degree program received ABET accreditation in 1992.
  • In 1998, the department and degree program names were changed to Biosystems Engineering to more appropriately reflect their mission and scope.
  • In 2000, the Forest Engineering and Biosystems Engineering degree programs were merged into one program with two pathways to the Bachelor of Biosystems Engineering degree.
  • In 2010, a new Ecological Engineering option was added to the Bachelor of Biosystems Engineering degree.
  • In 2010, new M.S. and Ph.D. programs were initiated in Biosystems Engineering.
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2011