American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), was founded in 1907 and is based in St. Joseph, Michigan
St. Joseph, Michigan
St. Joseph is a city in the US state of Michigan. It was incorporated as a village in 1834 and as a city in 1891. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 8,789. It lies on the shore of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, about east-northeast of Chicago. It is the county...

. It is an international engineering society
Engineering society
An engineering society is a professional organization for engineers of various disciplines. Some are umbrella type organizations which accept many different disciplines, while others are discipline-specific. Many award professional designations, such as European Engineer, Professional Engineer,...

 with about 9000 members in over 100 countries. ASABE serves many functions: it provides a forum for communication of research findings through conferences, scientific journals, and a magazine; it develops standards for agricultural engineering
Agricultural engineering
Agricultural engineering is the engineering discipline that applies engineering science and technology to agricultural production and processing...

 and biological engineering
Biological engineering
Biological engineering, biotechnological engineering or bioengineering is the application of concepts and methods of biology to solve problems in life sciences, using engineering's own analytical and synthetic methodologies and also its traditional...

 practice; it provides opportunities for members to network. ASABE is a regional member of International Commission of Agricultural Engineering
International Commission of Agricultural Engineering
International Commission of Agricultural Engineering - CIGR founded in 1930 in Liège, Belgium, is the highest non-governmental world organisation in the field...


Until 2005 the society was known as the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE). After years of debate, members of the organization voted to modify the name to better reflect the evolution of the profession represented by the organization. For many years, the discipline had broadened to include engineering for biological systems, and the name change simply reflected this reality. Most of the university departments of agricultural engineering had already changed their names.
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