AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY                                                                 

                                 P    recision farming is a necessity. Today all the ramifications of a high-tech society
                                 beckon us to apply new technologies with speed and accuracy. Agriculture is feeding
                                 an ever growing world population with better quality food. The means to produce,
                                 ship and protect this food supply demands technology and people who can employ
                                 these technologies successfully.
                                   The AET program is geared to make individuals think ahead using technology re-
Above student calibrates the
                                 sponsibly with an eye on the global needs. The program uniquely prepares students
shop equipment. Both male        in the application of science, technology and business principles to effectively man-
and female students enjoy        age agricultural and environmental systems. Students can focus their studies to attain
the shop exercises in tooling    depth in science, the environment, or business areas related to agricultural systems.
in the AET shop class.
                                 The AET program is about hands-on technologies applied to developing, integrating,
                                 implementing, and problem-solving agricultural and environmental situations.

                                Career Opportunities                      technological and management            Co-Curricular Activities
                                Employment opportunities for gradu-       foundation of the application of        Both biological and agricultural
                                ates are highly diverse. Jobs in          basic agricultural engineering          and environmental technology
                                biological engineering and the            technology including new                students have departmental
                                technology program fields frequently      emerging technologies. Stu-             clubs that are affiliated with the
                                involve a combination of indoor and       dents participate in hands-on           state and national organiza-
                                outdoor work. Engineering jobs may        skills training, developing their       tions of the American Society
                                involve product design and develop-       own potential to solve challeng-        of Agricultural Engineers. In
                                ment, plant engineering and manage-       ing agricultural problems. The          addition, students are involved
                                ment, engineering consulting, design      flexibility of the program allows       with both the Agri-Life and
                                of systems dealing with biological        the students to focus their inter-      Engineer’s councils. Both
                                andnatural resources and the              est in Machinery Systems, Envi-         programs have departmental
                                environment, graduate study,              ronmental Systems, and Agri-            honor societies. Alpha Epsilon
                                research and teaching.                    business.                               for the engineering students
                                                                                                                  and Alpha Mu for the
                                Agricultural and environmental            Graduate Study
                                                                                                                  technology students.
                                technology graduates are typically        The Department offers graduate
                                employed in jobs that involve the         study leading to the Master of          Career Services
                                application and management of             Biological and Agricultural             In addition to faculty advisers,
                                engineering designs in the                Engineering, the master of              CALS Career Services is avail-
                                conservation and utilization of natural   science, and the doctor of              able to provide information
                                resources, agricultural production        philosophy degrees. Candidates          about career and employment
                                systems, water and animal waste           normally prepare for such study         opportunities. The office as-
                                management, structures and                by completing an ABET accred-           sists students and alumni with
                                environmental controls, and               ited biological and agricultural        a variety of career needs such
                                agribusiness management.                  engineering curriculum;                 as choosing a major, resume
                                                                          however, nonengineering                 tips, and job search strategies.
                                Research                                  graduates may be accepted in
                                The Department has strong research        these graduate programs after
                                programs in a number of areas.            completing specified additional
                                These include environmental engi-         undergraduate engineering
                                neering, bioprocessing, machine           requirements.
                                systems, and controlled environment
                                agriculture.                                    For more information:
                                                                                Undergraduate Programs            Graduate Programs
                                Course Work/Curriculum                          Dr. Andrew Hale                   Dr. Daniel Willits
                                The AET degree places emphasis on               Undergraduate Coordinator         Graduate Coordinator
                                basic science and technology with               Campus Box 7625                   Campus Box 7625
                                courses such as mathematics, phys-              North Carolina State University   North Carolina State University
                                                                                Raleigh, NC 27695-7625            Raleigh, NC 27695-7625
                                ics, chemistry, biology, machinery,             Voice: 919.515.6760               Voice: 919.515.6755
                                conservation, safety, and business.             Fax: 919.515.7760                 Fax: 919.515.7760
                                The AET degree provides a solid                 Email:

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