The Philippines is mainly agricultural and rural in nature, with 13 million hectares under intensive cultivation out of a total land area of 30 million hectares. Hence, although Agricultural Engineering is one of the oldest fields of engineering in the Philippines, it remains one of the most important areas of study. With the application of suitable upland farming and agricultural engineering technologies, cultivation of an additional 8 million hectares is possible.
The Institute of Agricultural Engineering (IAE) is the oldest and strongest engineering unit in UPLB in terms of instruction, research, and extension. It was established on April 17, 1997 during the 1107th Meeting of the UP Board of Regents to consolidate the Departments of Agricultural Machinery Engineering & Technology, Agricultural Process & Technology, Land & Water Resources, and Agrometeorology. The IAE aims to provide leadership by:
- Continuous upgrading of the Agricultural Engineering (now Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering) program
- Producing graduates with the highest all-around capabilities
- Spearheading state-of-the-art RD&E
- Being the nationwide model for other Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering schools
The IAE has earned several distinctions including recognition as a Center of Excellence in Agricultural Engineering Education, a Top Performing School in Agricultural Engineering, and a National Center for Agricultural Engineering RD&E. The IAE is also a member of the DOST Engineering Research & Development for Technology (ERDT) Consortium. Most recently, the Institute's BS Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering program has successfully completed the AUN-QA quality assessment at program level. The program is now accredited by the ASEAN University Network from 2015 to 2019.
The IAE is composed of four academic divisions. The academic divisions include the Agricultural & Bio-Processing Division (ABPROD), the Agricultural Machinery Division (AMD), the Agrometeorology & Farm Structures Division (AFSD), and the Land & Water Resources Division (LWRD). Click on the links for more information on these IAE divisions.