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History book chronicles 130-year evolution of agricultural engineering at WSU

November  29, 2022  |  WSU Insider

Old photo of LJ Smith HallAs Washington agriculture changed over the last century, so too did teaching and research in agricultural engineering at Washington State University.

That evolution is chronicled in detail in a recently published, 218-page history, “Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University: More than 100 Years Committed to Building a Better and More Sustainable Agriculture.”

Written by current and retired faculty and present staff from the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, the book reaches from the university’s 1892 origins to the present, highlighting the forces that shaped the department as well as its growing team and changing faces.

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BSE Departmental Retreat – Satuday, August 6th, 2022

August 6th, 2022. Pullman, WA

Biological Systems Engineering Departmental Retreat – Celebrating the legacy of more than 100 years of Agricultural Engineering at Washington State University.

Elson Floyd Cultural Center, 405 SE Spokane St., Pullman, WA

Zoom link:, Meeting ID: 930 2126 6458, Passcode: 620137







Welcome Marcelo Martinez as a permanent BSE Office staff member

Photo of Marcelo MartinezMay 11, 2022. Pullman, WA

With the CAHNRS Business Center staff reduction, their purchasing related responsibilities will be delegated to our department soon. The department’s office has conducted a successful search for a BSE Fiscal Specialist 1 position.  Our new BSE Fiscal Specialist 1 is Mr. Marcelo Martinez.

Marcelo has been going through the Workday related training for the last several days and we hope he will be ready to gradually take over all purchasing processes from the business center.

Marcelo’s office phone number is 509-335-0194, and his email address is
Marcelo, welcome to the Biological Systems Engineering family.  We are delighted to have you in our department.





Welcome Nina Willis as a permanent BSE Office staff member

Photo of Nina WillisApril 22, 2022. Pullman, WA

With the CAHNRS business center losing the last personnel related staff member, the BSE Office initiated a search for an Administrative Assistant 2 (Payroll) permanent position in early February. After reviewing applications and conducting interviews, the search committee unanimously agreed to offer this position to Miss Nina Willis.  Most faculty and staff located in Pullman have known Nina since April 2019 when she joined the BSE office as an hourly Clerical Assistant student employee.

We are confident that all of us will appreciate Nina’s professionalism, work ethics, and kindness.  At this point, the other BSE Office Staff have started introducing Nina to very complex payroll/personnel policies, procedures, and Workday/myWSU/MyPassport steps and actions.

Nina’s office phone number is 509-335-4714, and her email address is

Nina, welcome again to the Biological Systems Engineering family.  We are delighted to have you in our department.





Grant funds test of market potential for jet fuel research

December 1, 2016 | WSU News, by  Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research.

The team has successfully demonstrated a new, water-based process for deconstructing and recovering lignin from biomass and converting it into jet fuel-range hydrocarbons. These could be certified as jet fuel in the future.

Bin Yang, WSU Tri-Cities professor of biological systems engineering and principal investigator for the grant, holds a patent on the process.

[full article in WSU News]