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Biological Systems Engineering

We discover and apply scientific engineering principles and methods to the processes of our natural world and provide advanced graduate education to engineering professionals.
#5 In the United States
#8 In the World
#5 In North America

Join Us to Celebrate Historical Contributions by Faculty from WSU Biological Systems Engineering

On Saturday, March 9th, 2024, we will again celebrate our legacy of more than 100 years of agricultural and biological engineering at Washington State University.

The main activity during this celebration will include the release of Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University: Volume Two: The Faculty 1910-2023.  More than 100 years Committed to Building a Better and More Sustainable Agriculture. By author Dr. Larry G. James

Join us for discussions with former chairs and faculty, honoring BSE Faculty with 20-30 years of service, student interactions during poster presentations, and remembering Dr. Alan Pettibone, Dr. Keith Saxton, and Dr. Day Bassett.

We will celebrate this legacy with former and current staff members, faculties, chairs, students, and alumni.

The focus of Volume Two is the faculty – the heart and soul of the Department.  Faculty imagine, craft, implement, lead, and deliver the Department’s teaching, research, and outreach programs.  They instruct, mentor, and inspire students, and directly interact and impact the Department’s many clientele.  They have, over the Department’s 113-year history, successfully and firmly established WSU’s world-class preeminence in Biological Systems Engineering.

BSE offers PhD and MS degrees in Biological and Agricultural Engineering with four areas of emphasis:

From solar drying and pasteurization research in the 1970’s to today’s emphasis on biological waste analysis and treatment, chemical transport through soils, food engineering, bioenergy, bioproducts, and more, our department has a long history of technical environmental stewardship, research, and education.

The researchers and graduate students of this department come from all corners of the United States and the world. Because of this diversity, our students leave here with the global awareness, the advanced education, and the technical expertise to become the key players in the economic, technical, and environmental challenges that face us all.

These are exciting and challenging times for engineering professionals. These can be exciting and challenging times for you!

Call 509-335-1578 to arrange a tour and meet our faculty!

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December, 2021  |   WSU Research Juming Tang, Regents Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University, has been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) 2021 Class of Fellows. “Congratulations to Matthew McCluskey and Juming Tang for their induction as NAI Members. Through research and discovery, their innovations provide cutting-edge solutions to challenges […]

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Research Week Celebrates Outstanding Faculty and Staff – Juming Tang

October 18, 2021  |   WSU Insider Faculty Research Awards WSU’s fifth annual Research Week culminated with a celebration of faculty and staff who exemplify research excellence on Friday, Oct. 15. Juming Tang, food engineer from the Department of Biosystems Engineering, received the Technology with Impactful Contribution to Society Award for his development of high temperature […]

Research Week Celebrates Outstanding Faculty and Staff – Manoj Karkee

October 18, 2021  |  WSU Insider Research Week Competition Winners Multi-disciplinary Grant Competition Award – First place award will receive $50,000 plus a doctoral-level research assistantship provided by the Graduate School. Second place award will receive $20,000. First place – Manoj Karkee, associate professor of Biological Systems Engineering … continue reading the article… Read the complete article: […]

Residents Hope to Prevent Wildfire With BioChar

September 23, 2021  |   NWPB How Residents In The Methow Valley Are Hoping To Prevent Wildfire By Creating BioChar. Residents in the Methow Valley are applying pyrolysis to reduce an overabundance of small-diameter trees and woody debris, which has built up over decades in the surrounding forests. Pyrolysis takes this excess biomass and heats it […]

Juming Tang elected to the National Academy of Engineering

February 17, 2021  |   WSU Insider Juming Tang, Regents Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for invention and commercialization of electromagnetic spectrum wave-based food processes. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Juming Tang as a new member. This announcement was made […]

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