Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

UA Alum Banks on Indoor Agriculture

Brian Caplan worked in corporate banking on the East Coast for two years before deciding to make a life change. When he learned about UA’s master’s programs and the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, he said “it all clicked for me.”

Caplan earned his Master’s degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 2018 and now works as an assistant grower at Gotham Greens’ 75,000 square-foot greenhouse near Chicago.

CALS Presents New Partnership with Universidad Autónoma Chapingo for Dual Degrees

This fall, CALS launched two new doctoral-level dual degree programs in partnership with the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, (Chapingo Autonomous University or UACh) in Texcoco, Mexico, near Mexico City. The programs will be offered through the department of Biosystems Engineering (at the College of Engineering) and the School of Natural Resources & the Environment in CALS. Students will earn doctoral degrees from both UACh and the UA.

Biosystems Engineering Major Receives First Future Leaders Scholarship

In CALS, students learn to create solutions to keep the world and all its inhabitants healthy and resilient. The Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation recently recognized one of our Biosystems Engineering students, Jesus Mulgado, for his passion to make a difference through Water Resource Engineering by awarding Jesus the foundation’s first Future Leaders Scholarship. Meet Jesus and learn more about his academic and professional goals below.

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Biosystems Engineering

The Department of Biosystems Engineering develops innovative systems to sustainably feed a population expected to grow to nine billion people by 2050. Students, faculty, and community partners explore techniques to optimize growth conditions in a controlled environment, find alternative fuel and feed sources, and irrigate crops while minimizing waste.

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View the CALS Lunar Greenhouse Environment Live at the South Pole on September 6

The UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences conducts programs with long traditions in assuring that the region—and indeed the world—has food and fiber of both quantity and quality. Perhaps lesser known are the College's research and development efforts in designing and evaluating bioregenerative systems that can support life in extreme environments on earth, the moon and Mars.

UA Shares Agricultural Technology With World

The University of Arizona again served as Official Knowledge Partner to the 2015 Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this spring. With 102 countries represented at the Forum - launched just a year ago - the GFIA has become one of the world's most influential global platforms for scientists, entrepreneurs and policymakers to present and explore innovations toward sustainable agriculture and food security.


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