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Bioenergy & Bioproducts Engineering


Bioenergy & Bioproducts Engineering

Bioenergy & Bioproducts (BBE) scientists work toward advancing science and technologies to convert biomass, including wastes, into useful products, fuels, and fuel additives.  Highlights of our research program include:

  • Production lipid from lignocellulosics for upgrading into renewable jet fuels, diesel, and gasoline
  • Integrated algal fuel production including culture processes and extractions of co-products and lipids
  • Anaerobic digestion technologies for producing biogas, co-products, and nutrient recovery
  • Multiscale modeling of biorefining processes and systems
  • Devise feasible process to deconstruct  cellulosic biomass
  • Identify pathways to convert lignin to jet fuel
  • Biomass thermochemical conversions for producing advanced biofuels, chemicals, and bioproducts

Bioenergy & Bioproducts Engineering In the News

  • Fitria Fnu is working with PNNL researchers to develop sensors that detect refrigerant leaks in air-conditioners.

    July 25, 2021  |  Tri-City Herald

    Richland, WA

    Fitria Fnu, a participant in the PNNL-Washington State University Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program, is working with PNNL researchers to develop sensors that detect refrigerant leaks in air-conditioners. Identifying and addressing these leaks can increase energy efficiency as well as prevent risks to human health and the environment.

    The work performed by Fitria Fnu, as well as technologies developed by PNNL, are helping to make air conditioning systems more efficient, reducing energy use and lowering costs. This … » More …

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How to Find Us

How to Find Us

L.J. Smith Hall is across the street and bit south of Lighty Student Services (French Ad).

 

L.J. Smith Hall 213
1935 E. Grimes Way
PO Box 646120
Pullman, WA 99164-6120

(509) 335-1578

About Us

About Us

From the Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University. Our department has seventeen award-winning and internationally recognized faculty members. They conduct applied engineering research and outreach activities in four focus areas: a) Land, Air, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, b) Food Engineering, c) Bio-energy and Bio-product Engineering, and d) Agricultural Automation Engineering. Our core research programs seek engineering solutions for better environment, renewable energy, productive and sustainable agriculture, and safe and nutritious foods.  The Department offers advanced degrees in Biological & Agricultural Engineering and prepares students for successful careers in academia, industry, and government.  About 70 Ph.D. students and 15 M.S. students receive a world-class education and conduct exploratory research along with over 50 post-doctoral researchers, research engineers, visiting students and professors.

I invite you to visit individual faculty websites and engage in discussion to identify opportunities for education or research collaboration. I welcome prospective students and alumni to visit the department and meet with our faculty, staff, and graduate students.

I look forward to working with you on strengthening our program and building a productive and rewarding future.

Learn more about Dr. Manuel-Garcia Perez, Professor and Chair

 


Research Emphasis

Biological and Agricultural Engineering is a multidisciplinary program that offers students the flexibility to accommodate a blend of engineering and science in their programs of study and research projects. Students apply engineering and biological principles to conduct high-quality research and to develop and disseminate knowledge and technologies in the areas of agriculture, food, energy, and natural resource systems. BSE offers the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Biological and Agricultural Engineering with four areas of emphasis:

Manuel Garcia-Perez, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair


Degrees Offered

Ph.D. and M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering