Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering is working to discover new products to meet society’s needs while protecting the environment. 

Tradition of excellence

Celebrating its 100th year in 2009, the department traces its roots to agricultural engineering and forest products. The department was one of the first departments in the country to embrace a broader bioproducts and biosystems education and research mission.

World-class academic programs

Taught by internationally recognized faculty, the department integrates engineering, science, technology and management into all degree programs. Students acquire skills to design and develop products, processes, and systems to meet growing demand for materials and energy while addressing environmental challenges. The curriculum features hands-on and experiential learning, including opportunities to conduct research with award-winning faculty.

The Bachelor of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBBE) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Cutting-edge research

The bio-based revolution has changed how the world produces and consumes food, feed, fiber, materials, chemicals, fuel, and energy.  Strategic research areas are:

  • Air Quality and Manure Management
  • Biomass Utilization and Conversion
  • Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Bioprocessing
  • Building Systems
  • Environmental Management and Sustainable Systems
  • Food
  • Land and Water Resources, Water Quality
  • Renewable Energy

Business and industry connections

The department has partnerships with industry, including manufacturers, processors, and appliers of end-use bioproducts, raw material suppliers, and engineering groups. The BBE Advisory Council, with a diverse membership from organizations, government agencies, and industry, provides counsel and support to the Department and employment to our students and graduates.