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BAE’s Year In Review

As we move into the next decade, take a look at just a few of the exciting year that 2019 was for the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Looking forward to another great year in 2020!

Improved National Rankings

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) continues to improve in national rankings.

In the 2020 U.S. News and World Report rankings, BAE was ranked No.6 among biological and agricultural engineering undergraduate programs. This was an improvement from the previous year’s ranking of No. 10. BAE’s graduate program is currently ranked No. 8 and updated rankings will be released in the spring. Read more.


Rally In Raleigh

NC State BAE hosted the 2019 Southeast Regional Rally in Raleigh. Each year a school in the southeast hosts the ASABE Southeastern Regional Student Rally. ASABE Southeastern Regional President Justin Traenkle garnered support the 2019 Rally in Raleigh. The NC State BAE senior worked with junior Brie Saur, the regional treasurer, and the other regional presidents to host a successful Rally. Read more.

ASABE Annual International Meeting

Students and faculty traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the 2019 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting.

ASABE presents a forum to expand awareness of current industry trends, promote and acknowledge innovations in design and technology, and provide opportunities for professional development – all with a focus on the economic, political and societal impacts facing the industry. The meeting also welcomed the newest ASABE president, Sue Nokes. Nokes is an NC State BAE alumni and current advisory board member. Read more.

Boyette Named Outstanding University Teacher

Mike Boyette (in red) has led the Senior Design Program for nearly two decades.

Dr. Mike Boyette was selected as the University’s 2019 Outstanding Teacher and will become a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers. A member of the department since 1983, Boyette began his time in BAE as an extension specialist. He became an assistant professor in 1990, an associate professor in 1996 and was named professor in 2001. Read more.

Graduate Student Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis is an annual competition held at universities worldwide. It challenges graduate students to explain their thesis in three minutes or less using one static slide. For the past several years, BAE has held its own version of the event – but with a twist. Faculty were placed on the hot seat and challenged to explain their research in three minutes or less. This year, graduate students took on the challenge and competed in the 2019 BAE Three Minute Thesis. Read more.

State Section Meeting

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering again hosted the North Carolina American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers (ASABE) State Section Meeting at Weaver Labs. The meeting brought together students, staff, faculty, industry and government representatives from across the state. Read more.