Strategic Plan

Mission:  Biological & Agricultural Engineering integrates applied biology into the fundamental principles of engineering design for the purpose of developing processes and systems that influence, control, or utilize biological materials, organisms, and their environments for the benefit of society. Our mission is to provide a biological and agricultural engineering program of excellence, advancing knowledge through teaching, basic and applied research, and outreach.

Vision:  To be a nationally ranked premier department with a program known for excellence in biological and agricultural engineering education, fundamental and applied research, and leadership in extension service and outreach.


  1. High quality, diverse and supportive instruction and education, leading to successful careers for graduates in a dynamic world.
  2. Cutting edge research to benefit the citizens of Louisiana, the nation, and the globe.
  3. Outreach (extension service) to the profession resulting in utilization of our education and research results to improve quality of life.


Goal #1:  Increase the overall diverse student population by 20% with an increase in number of faculty by 40%.  Enhance the retention of both students and faculty in the process.


Maintain ABET accreditation

Offer diversified training

Increase communication capability

Expand service learning 

Maintain introductory courses

Engage community colleges 

Maintain Master of Science degree program

Seek additional external funding to free vacant positions for hire

Work with College of Engineering Office of Diversity Initiatives

Performance Indicators:

Student enrollment/graduation rate
Student retention
ABET accreditation status, concerns and weaknesses found/corrected
FE and MCAT exam results
Senior design project performance
Faculty numbers 


Goal #2:  Establish an independent Doctor of Philosophy program in BAE


Continue to grow Master of Science degree program 
Seek and obtain additional research funding 
Define, prepare, and submit program for approval
Utilize the Doctoral Philosophy in Engineering Science degree program to establish our student population

Performance Indicators:

Quality of Master of Science program measured by graduate numbers and publications
Doctor of Philosophy programs approval, number of students, and size of research funding


Goal #3:  Increase research funding by 50% and seek more diverse support for department.


Focus on biomedical engineering, bioenergy, water resources, and nanotechnology
Seek major research center funding in cooperation with: the LSU AgCenter, Pennington Biomedical Research  Center, and other departments at LSU 
Develop intellectual property with the LSU AgCenter
Engage development officer for BAE and the LSU AgCenter


            Performance Indicators:

Research money/FTE
Archival refereed publications/FTE
Number graduate degrees awarded
Major research center funding
Faculty awards
Number of patents and disclosures
Number of startup companies
 New extension activities developed 
Number of visits to donors and funds raised


Goal #4:  Increase Level of Extension and Outreach Service


Work closely with the LSU AgCenter on current projects and create new projects that engage extension personnel

Engage College of Engineering faculty in extension and outreach

Performance Indicators:

Number of personnel involved 

Number of projects

Number of professionals trained

Number of demonstration projects

Economical or environmental impact

Number accessing BAE related extension information


Undergraduate Program Objectives