The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering proudly celebrated its 100th year in 2009. Our rich history (PDF) can trace its roots to agricultural engineering and forest products.

Our growth and transition is built on the strong foundation put into place by our strategic plan (PDF) developed in 2008.

Academic programs

Jointly affiliated with the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), undergraduate and graduate students receive an education second to none. The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering integrates engineering, science, technology and management into all degree programs taught by internationally recognized faculty.

We were one of the first departments in the country to embrace a broader bioproducts and biosystems education and research mission. Our engineering program is accredited under the Biological Engineering criteria of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and our marketing and management program is accredited by the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST).


The bio-based revolution has changed how we produce and consume food, feed, fiber, materials, chemicals, fuel, and energy. To stay on the cutting-edge, our updated strategic research areas are:

Department Head

Professor Shri Ramaswamy

Shri Ramaswamy, Professor and Head


Undergraduate Statistics for 2015-2016

  • Enrollment: 175
  • Graduates: 37

Graduate Statistics for 2016-2017

  • Enrollment: 50
  • Degrees Conferred: 4
  • Students Advised by BBE Faculty: 102


37 faculty with backgrounds ranging from agriculture to forest products; from science to engineering; from business to plants; and much more.