About Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering discovers and teaches solutions for the sustainable use of renewable resources and enhancement of the environment.

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs

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.

By the numbers: Students and faculty

  • Total undergraduate students for 2015-16
    • Enrollment: 175
    • Graduates: 37
  • Total graduate students for 2016-17
    • Enrollment: 50
    • Degrees conferred: 4
    • Students advised by our faculty: 102
  • Faculty
    • More than 30 core faculty
    • About 20 adjunct faculty
    • All with various backgrounds and expertise in agriculture, forest products, engineering, business, plants, water management, and more
    • See faculty directory

Research

We discover innovative solutions to address challenges in the sustainable production and consumption of food, feed, fiber, materials, and chemicals while enhancing the environment.

Our research is focused on eight key areas:


Extension and outreach

We are committed to making a public impact through community engagement and Extension efforts. We develop and deliver high quality, regionally and nationally-recognized research-based programs to meet current and emerging needs of industry and communities.


Partnerships

We have a long-standing tradition of close partnerships with alumni, industry professionals, organizations, government agencies, donors, and community members. The Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Advisory Council provides counsel and support to the department and employment opportunities to our students and graduates.


100 Years of history

Historical black and white photo of men and women standing around a tractor in the field.

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

Read more about our first 100 years in "The First Century Forward"

Department Head Gary Sands

Portrait of Gary Sands outside in front of a lake on a cloudy day.


Our mission

To integrate engineering, science, technology, and management for sustainable use of renewable resources and enhancement of the environment.

Our vision

To be global leaders in the discovery, development, and application of renewable resources and sustainable technologies to meet society's needs while enhancing the environment in Minnesota and beyond.

Our strategic plan

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