Developing sustainable solutions & technologies through research & education

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Explore Undergrad Majors

For students with a passion for science, bio-based technology, environment and sustainability, and the advancement of the business related to them.


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Pursue Graduate Study

Our graduate degree program explores renewable bio-resources utilization with focus on environmental sustainability and global advancement of business.

M.S. & Ph.D.

Discover BBE Research

With expertise and a proven record in innovation & collaboration, we develop solutions for a bio-based economy, ecological health, and sustainability.


Upcoming Events

  • Spring Seminar Series

    January 25 through May 3

    Join us on Wednesday starting January 25 through May 3 from 3:30-4:30pm for the Department's Spring Seminar Series.

  • Sustainable Systems Management major info session

    April 18, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

    Join us to find out more information about our environmental business major, sustainable systems management. Get specifics about each specialization, and enjoy some food and drink.

  • Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering major info session

    April 20, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

    Join us to find out more information about our undergraduate engineering major. Get specifics about each specialization, enjoy some food and drink, and listen to a Q&A panel made up of current students, alumni, industry professionals and staff.


  • The lost treasure at sea: plastic waste

    When BBE Professor Roger Ruan looks at a multicolored mountain of food bags or an ocean island of jugs and personal protective equipment, he sees a gold mine. 

  • Pursuing food equity with engineering

    As Madison Stoltzman's interest in food engineering grew, she became increasingly focused on food security and sustainability, and how engineering could provide a way for her to have an impact on many lives.

  • Alumni Spotlight - Jeff Chambers

    Jeff Chambers is a Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering alumnus currently working as a senior product developer at 3M.