by Ben Nuelle LISTEN: Agribusiness-Matters-9-16-16
U.S. News and World Report ranks Iowa State University’s Ag and Bio-systems Engineering program No. 1 among all national Universities.
Iowa State University comes in at No. 51 among the top public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges” rankings, out Tuesday.
In biological/agricultural engineering, Iowa State is the No. 1 ranked program among all national universities, and 1st among public universities, a tie with Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Steven Mickelson is ISU’s College of Ag and Bio-systems Engineering Department chair.
“We’re very excited to be ranked number 1 for biological and agriculture engineering departments across the nation. We’ve been in the top ten for many years and it’s been our goal to become number one. It’s a very nice honor but it is something we’ve worked hard to do.”
Mickelson says the department focuses heavily with hands-on learning.
“Exciting labs, like diesel engines lab and fluid-par hydraulics labs. We also have labs that are focused on student innovation where they can use tools like a water jet. We have a 3-D metal printer and plastic printers in the department. We work with robotics and automation and water quality so we have a rainfall simulator [as well].”
Iowa State was ranked No. 2 in biological/agricultural engineering last year.