Bringing Engineering to Life
Food and Bioprocess Engineering
The Food and Bioprocess Engineering emphasis in the biological systems engineering major is a program of study that offers a wide range of opportunities. You will learn how engineering applies to the science of energy and food, as well as how it is interlaced with agricultural processes. Explore new possibilities for repurposing grain byproducts for use in textiles, plant-derived plastics, waxes, oils, and coatings. Discover the value of biofuels, biomass, and how to utilize bioprocessing to benefit society. Engage in this exciting technology and get involved in growing new ideas and processes in bioenergy and food.
Relevant issues: controlling growth of organisms, food engineering, food safety, bioprocessing, biodegradable products, pharmaceutical production.
Application of heat, mass, and moment transport in analysis and design of unit operations for biological and agricultural materials. Evaporation, drying, distillation, extraction, leaching, thermal processing, membrane separation, centrifugation, and filteration.
Engineering processes for biomass conversion and bioenergy production. Topics include biomass chemistry, conversion reactions, current and emerging bioenergy technologies, feedstock logistics, life cycle assessment. Analysis of primary research literature required for graduate credit.
After completing a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering with an emphasis in Bioenergy and Food Engineering, many graduates find work with companies that specialize in the processing and refinement of raw materials. These companies range from leaders in the food production industry to major producers of biofuels to pharmaceutical production facilities.