History

Historical records indicate that E.S. Keene was appointed Agricultural Engineer with the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1892, two years after the North Dakota Agricultural College (NDAC) was established. R.C. Miller organized the Agricultural Engineering Department as a degree granting department at NDSU (NDAC at the time) in 1924-25. The first BS degree in Agricultural Engineering was granted in 1931. The first MS degree in Agricultural Engineering was awarded in 1933. A program in Agricultural Mechanization (now Agricultural Systems Management) with a degree offered in the college of Agriculture was established in 1951.