Crop Rotations Improve Environmental Outcomes While Profits Maintain

September 20, 2020

BBE researchers Jason Hill, Natalie Hunt, and Sumil Thakrar found that diversifying crop rotations can reduce environmental damage and harm to human health while keeping farms profitable. Read more at

Welcome to new faculty member Jiayu Li

September 14, 2020

Dr. Li joins us this fall as Assistant Professor of Robotics, Sensors, and Manufacturing in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Management.

Originally from China, Dr. Li received her bachelor’s at Tsinghua University, then attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO. to pursue her Ph. D. at WashU—Li’s focus was on particulate matter sensors. From there, she went on to pursue her postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University, expanding her research into air quality sensors.

At the Forefront

July 9, 2020

What do oak wilt, zebra mussels and COVID-19 have in common? When it comes to these unrelated and unwelcome invaders, none of them can hide for long from Abdennour Abbas, PhD, and his team in BBE. 

UMN Wins Race to Zero Student Design Competition

April 24, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s Team OptiMN is the 2015 grand winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition.

Q&A with graduate student Jaime Thissen

A Q&A regarding the research project graduate student Jaime Thissen works on

Engineering sustainable food with plant-based proteins

By the end of 2020, countrywide retail sales of plant-based foods had increased by 27 percent. BBE major Maddi Johnson took notice and began assisting with research in the optimization of pennycress and alfalfa protein extraction.

Project using fungus to remediate "forever chemicals" receives MnDrive Environment seed grant

BBE professor Jiwei Zhang and his team will receive a post-doctoral seed grant for their project on the development of a fungal platform to concurrently develop a bioremediation application for PFAS (forever chemicals).

Researchers develop tools for building better storm water management facilities

Professor John Nieber and his team's project has the potential to mitigate flawed storm water infiltration facilities by creating simple to use tools and better testing protocols.

Researchers look to wastewater treatment plants to recover dwindling phosphorus supplies

Faculty member, Dr. Bo Hu and a team from the University of Minnesota work to develop a more cost effective and efficient way of recovering phosphorus from farm water runoff. Read the full story in the Star Tribune

Alumni Spotlight - Kelsey Klucas

Kelsey Klucas graduated with a Bachelor of Corporate Environmental Management, now known as Corporate Sustainability Systems under Sustainable Systems Management, in 2013. She currently works for 3M in the Environmental, Health, and Safety Department and holds a Board of Directors position on the conservation board for the lake she grew up on.