Biological and Ecological Engineering Graduate Major (MENG, MS, PhD)
Graduate Areas of Concentration
Bio-based products and fuels, bioprocessing, biological systems analysis, ecosystems analysis and modeling, water quality, water resources
The Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
The Biological and Ecological Engineering program serves at the interface of life sciences and engineering. Bioresource engineering is the application of engineering and life science principles and problem-solving techniques to the optimum use and sustainability of biological resources. The curriculum is engineering-based with a strong emphasis on the life sciences. Courses focus on biological systems modeling, bioprocess engineering, thermophysical and molecular properties of biological materials, regional hydrologic analysis, groundwater systems, irrigation and water resource optimization. The department concentrates its research effort on two major thrusts: bioprocess engineering and water resources engineering. Specific research topics include biosensors, molecular-level biosystems analysis, nanosensors, microbial fuel cells, biological hydrogen production, and bio-based products and fuels. Research topics in water resources engineering include constructed wetland treatment systems, crop growth modeling, optimum irrigation management, crop-water requirements, groundwater and subsurface contaminant transport, hydrologic modeling, agricultural and ecological systems analysis, geographical information systems, artificial intelligence technologies, livestock production odor control, livestock waste treatment, and non-point source water pollution control.
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