BBE researchers explore use of Biochar and Iron-Enhanced Sands in septic systems

July 14, 2022

Adjunct Associate Professor, Dr. Sara Heger, and Professor, Dr. Bo Hu, study the effectiveness of Biochar, a highly porous bio-material, and iron-enhanced sand (IES) to enhance the treatment in septic systems of organic matter, bacteria and viruses, nitrogen and phosphorus.

Dairy Farms & Sustainability: A Conversation with BBE's Dr. Erin Cortus

July 12, 2022

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Dr. Erin Cortus, joins Barb Liebenstein, owner of Wolf Creek Dairy in Dundas, MN, to discuss sustainability and dairy farms, especially as the industry looks to reach Net Zero by 2050.

Faculty Promotions

June 16, 2022

BBE is proud to announce the promotions of four faculty members.

We mourn the loss of Professor Simo Sarkanen

June 2, 2022

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Professor Simo Sarkanen. Read about Professor Sarkanen's contributions and impact within the department.

Alumni Spotlight - Patricia Popescu

May 24, 2022

Patricia Popescu graduated with a Bachelor of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering. She currently works for NatureWorks as a Process Engineer II. NatureWorks manufactures Ingeo (PLA), which is a compostable bioplastic made from lactic acid.

BBSEM Ph.D. candidate awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

May 16, 2022

Chenxi Lin, a Ph.D. candidate in BBSEM, has been awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) gives the University's most accomplished Ph.D. candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project.

Congratulations to our graduating students

May 16, 2022

We had 27 Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering graduates and 27 Sustainable Systems Management graduates complete their bachelor's degrees this year.

BBE student pursues career in natural resources engineering

May 11, 2022

BBE senior and future water resources engineer Katherine Tomaska reflects on her experiences at the University as she prepares to graduate.

New BBE study could help reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions

April 29, 2022

BBE researchers significantly improved the performance of numerical predictions for agricultural nitrous oxide emissions. The first-of-its-kind knowledge-guided machine learning model is 1,000 times faster than current systems and could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

Industry Leaders Panel on Sustainability

April 22, 2022

Faculty from our SSM program hosted a webinar event featuring sustainability initiatives of companies like GEVO, The Energy Conservatory, 3M and Marvin Windows and Doors. Watch the recorded webinar to learn more.