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.
Meghan Pieper graduated with a degree in Bioproducts Engineering in 2019. She currently works for Puris as a process engineer helping to start up a new pea protein plant, which will be used for plant based protein solutions.
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Professor Shri Ramaswamy and his team of researchers aim to make paper manufacturing more efficient – and that’s just the beginning. By substituting fossil-based energy with renewable energy, they aim to decrease the carbon footprint of manufacturing processes.
Professor Steve Severtson leads research in the area of industrial adhesives partially or entirely made of materials derived from renewable organic material. These bio-based adhesives are on their way to become a part of the growing billion dollar industry.
Dr. Roger Ruan was selected to observe the COP26 UN Climate Summit held in Glasgow, Scotland this November. He shares his thoughts on the conference and how there was a missed opportunity to showcase essential technologies that could address climate change.
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.
Seven students from each major track talk about the impact of BBE scholarships on their education, and how the program has shaped their experiences.
Sustainable Systems Management undergraduate student Kelly Martichuski applies learnings to her work at Forest Carbon Works.
Learn about internship opportunities BBE undergraduates pursued over the summer.
BBE professor Shri Ramaswamy and his team of researchers will receive $3.5mil from the Department of Energy to research cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels.