March 16, 2012
Purdue ag, biological engineering earns top ranking again
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – U.S.News & World Report's ranking of Purdue University's agricultural and biological engineering program as the top graduate specialty in the nation for the fourth consecutive year reflects a commitment to sustained excellence in developing innovators of the future, the program's leader said.
"Our graduate programs have grown significantly over past seven years or so, with current enrollment nearly doubled," said Bernard Engel, head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. "The ranking confirms the value of graduate studies in our program. It also speaks to the quality of faculty, staff, students and alumni."
U.S.News & World Report's complete rankings in America's Best Graduate Schools will be available on newsstands April 3. It has published graduate school rankings annually since 1987.
The magazine in September also rated Purdue's agricultural and biological engineering program as the nation's best undergraduate specialty.
Engel noted that the university underscored its commitment to students in both agricultural and biological engineering and agricultural systems management with the opening in January of the $4.2 million ADM Agricultural Innovation Center, which offers greater laboratory and classroom opportunities for students. Archer Daniels Midland Co. was Purdue's primary partner in the center's construction.