The Department of Bio-industrial Mechatronics Engineering assumed its present name in the Fall of 2002. It was formerly the Department of Agricultural Machinery Engineering, established in 1981, and evolving from one of the two divisions of its predecessor, the Department of Agricultural Education. The Department of Bio-industrial Mechatronics Engineering offers programs leading to the degrees of B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate programs for M.S. and Ph.D. began in 1991 and 1994, respectively.
The departmental building has a total floor space of over 9,900 square meters. In addition to classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, the building also houses the Agricultural Machinery Workshop and the Agricultural Automation Center.
Areas of study include bio-industrial automation engineering, bio-industrial machinery engineering, biological systems engineering, biomaterials processing engineering, bioenvironmental control engineering, aquacultural engineering, biological waste management,and the development of biosensor.
A career in bio-industrial mechatronics engineering requires knowledge of a full blend of engineering principles with biological sciences. Thus, the curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong and integrated foundation essential for the development and application of better methods in the production, handling, processing and storage of biological materials.
Course work includes basic and advanced engineering principles, agricultural machinery engineering, and applied electronics, as well as biological and related agricultural sciences. The minimum number of credits required toward a Bachelor of Science degree is 142.