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Biological Systems Engineering Engineering for Life

We discover and apply scientific engineering principles and methods to the processes of our natural world and provide advanced graduate education to engineering professionals.


 

BSE offers Ph.D. and M.S. 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!

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  • Juming Tang inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) 2021 Class of Fellows

    December, 2021  |   WSU Research

    Dr. Juming TangJuming 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 that will benefit society and influence science, technology, and innovation worldwide,” said Sita Pappu, assistant vice president for the Office of Commercialization.

    Tang has invented and commercialized electromagnetic spectrum wave-based food processes. Tang has focused his research … » More …

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  • Dr. Shulin Chen Receives Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

     

    Dr. Shulin ChenWSU Showcase  |  March 25, 2022

    Shulin Chen’s technological innovations have made industrial processes more sustainable. Chen develops bioconversion processes and systems for the production of biofuel, bioenergy, and bioproducts. Using anaerobic digestion systems, his research team invented a process to convert manure and other dairy-industry waste to bioenergy. The systems reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They also recover nutrients from wastewater, alleviating concerns about surface and groundwater pollution. Six anaerobic digestion systems are now functioning throughout Washington.

    WSU established the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award in 2018. Dr. Chen is the 2022 recipient of the award. <a ... » More …

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