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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

ABE's New Teaching Building

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) is a key collaborator in the UF/IFAS mission. As we transform into one of the top departments in the nation, we aim to reflect the University of Florida's preeminence goals and Top 10 ranking by increasing undergraduate enrollment and meeting the growing needs of society.

Innovative teaching space is a critical component of our success. As we prepare our students with the best education and ensure they have access to premier programs and equipment, we need to provide the space needed for their growth as successful professionals.

Existing facilities, such as the Agricultural Operations Management (AOM) teaching building, lack the basic elements of a nationally ranked academic institution. Most nationally ranked ABE departments have designated maker space for students to explore design and other hands-on activities. These spaces provide an environment where students can work as teams, explore multiple applications of engineering­ electrical, mechanical, hydrologic, etc.-and develop the technical and soft skills that will benefit them as they enter the engineering discipline. Our AOM and BE programs lack this space, and it is a significant limitation to our undergraduate program.

ABE seeks private funding in the amount of $2M, from a single source or multiple entities, to build a new AOM teaching space and create a new Biological Engineering teaching classroom on campus. The proposed teaching building would consist of two hands-on, experiential learning environments. One classroom would replace the AOM hands-on construction classroom, while the second classroom would provide a much-needed space for BE design. The proposed new building would not only address the basic functionality described, but it would also provide the best teaching equipment to ensure students are prepared to compete and excel in the workforce.

For more information about how you can support this project, please contact:

Kati Migliaccio, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and Chair
UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
352-294-6703 | klwhite@ufl.edu

Cody Helmer
Executive Director
UF/IFAS Advancement
352-392-5457 | chelmer@ufl.edu