Agricultural and biological engineering at U of I ranked top in the
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[September 20, 2012]
-- The undergraduate program in the Department of
Agricultural and Biological Engineering, or ABE, at the University
of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by
U.S. News and World Report. "Best Colleges 2013" placed Illinois in
a tie with Purdue University for the top spot, followed by Iowa
U.S. News ranks undergraduate programs accredited by the
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, based solely on
the judgments of deans and senior faculty from participating
colleges. U.S. News also asks for nominations of the best programs
in specialty areas, such as agricultural engineering, and those
receiving the most mentions are ranked in the publication.
Ting has been department head of ABE since 2004.
"We are in very good company," said Ting. "We are among the best
departments in the nation in our discipline, so being recognized as
number 1 by U.S. News is an honor."
ABE at Illinois has been ranked in one of the top two spots for
the last seven years, including a four-year stint as No. 1, and Ting
acknowledges that "says something" about the department.
"We try to give our students the best education and the most
diverse opportunities we’re able to offer. We are very
comprehensive," he said. "Our teaching is student-centered, and many
of our engineering courses are project-based. There are excellent
opportunities for international study abroad, and we bring exchange
students into our student body to provide those kinds of
interactions. We do all we can to give our students a complete
educational package, not just courses you take to get credit hours
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The department is part of two colleges on the Urbana-Champaign
campus, the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental
Sciences, or ACES, and the College of Engineering, or CoE.
"The strength of ACES and CoE is a tremendous asset to our
department," said Ting. "It helps significantly to be a part of two
top colleges on our campus.
"We have a clear vision of what we want to do, and we follow
through with that," he concluded. "We deliver. If the ranking
follows, we’re very happy, but our real goal is simply to be a great
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University
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