Many agricultural and biological engineers are aimed to claim exciting new research areas and pursue new industrial opportunities. Some argue that biomedical engineering should be included as a subset of biological engineering. The reality is that a substantial number of ABE departments retain the word 'agricultural' in their department name, even though their undergraduate programs do not. Many interdepartmental or interdisciplinary graduate programs in biomedical engineering are converting to stand-alone departments that offer undergraduate programs, and they are attracting large numbers of students. BMES, the governing society for biomedical engineering is thriving, with a rapid increase in membership. ASABE, a small engineering society, is aimed at works such as water recycling systems that include agricultural water use, drinking water, industrial uses, public health, sensor networks and remote sensing, food safety, and bioenergy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationResource: Engineering and Technology for Sustainable World
StatePublished - May 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Engineering


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