News

Remote Sensing in Agriculture Helps Manage Risk

February 5, 2021

Find out how tech has, hasn’t, and can aid in ag risk management in a new paper in Nature Reviews co-led by BBE faculty member Zhenong Jin.


More than a mask

December 9, 2020

Abdennour Abbas and his team at a textile startup company are creating face masks engineered to kill viruses like COVID-19.


A novel approach to improving the sustainability of biofuels and biochemicals manufacturing

November 27, 2020

Drs. Peter Huang and Shri Ramaswamy’s presented their research results at the American Institute of Chemical Engineering’s (AIChE) 2020 virtual annual meeting .BBE undergraduate students participated in this work as part of their Senior Capstone Project. View the presentation


Reducing global food system emissions key to meeting climate goals

November 9, 2020

Reducing fossil fuel use is essential to stopping climate change, but that goal will remain out of reach unless global agriculture and eating habits are also transformed, according to new research from the University of Minnesota and University of Oxford. Read the full article


Tracing embedded water in US meat and ethanol supply chains

October 28, 2020

Professor Tim Smith and Researcher Taegon Kim contributed to this study. View a video and read about


Conversion of Low Value Byproducts to Biodegradable Bioplastics

October 15, 2020

Professor Simo Sarkanen is researching the conversion of low value byproducts to biodegradable bioplastics


Covid Projects Continue in Abbas Research Lab

October 15, 2020

The Abbas Research Laboratory has three ongoing projects related to SARS-COV2 detection and COVID-19 diagnostics. 


Dr. Zhenong Jin and Team Awarded $1.2million for Research in Soil Nutrient Management

October 12, 2020

Dr. Zhenong Jin leads a $1.2million award to digitize and facilitate sustainable nutrient management in the Midwest


Doug Tiffany receives award for research efforts in fuel ethanol and related topics

September 20, 2020

The award winners, announced by Ethanol Producer Magazine last month, are Doug Tiffany (Award of Excellence recipient) and Doug Durante (High-Octane Award recipient).


Omar Espinoza Publishes Book Titled “International Marketing Practices for Small to Medium Sized Forest Products Firms.”

September 20, 2020

Omar’s book was a collaboration with Robert Smith (Associate Dean and Professor, Virginia Tech) and Anna Pitti, former graduate student in the department now at Westwood.