With interdisciplinary expertise and a demonstrated track record in innovation and collaboration, the department is a leader in bio-based economy, ecological health and environmental sustainability. Our research is focused on eight key strategic areas aligned with the department’s mission and vision.

Air Quality and Agricultural Systems

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How do we improve environmental impacts from animal agricultural production?

Building Systems

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How do we make buildings more energy efficient, healthy, safe, and sustainable?

Land and Water Resources

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How do we manage land use to improve water, air and soil quality?

Biomass Conversion and Utilization

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How can we replace fossil fuels with renewable resources for materials, chemicals and energy?

Environmental Management and Sustainable Systems

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How can we improve the environmental sustainability of a business or a product?

Renewable Energy

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How do we create renewable energy from biological resources?

Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Bioprocessing

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How do we understand and engineer the properties of biological systems?


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How do we better process our food and make it safer?