Bioenergy and Food Engineering:
The Bioenergy and Food Engineering emphasis in the biological systems engineering major is a program of study that offers a wide range of opportunities. Learn about the new possibilities for bioproducts and bioenergy: from biodiesel and ethanol to new uses for grain by-products such as nutraceuticals and textiles, plus plant-derived plastics, waxes, oils, and coatings.
Relevant issues: controlling growth of organisms, food engineering, food safety, bioprocessing, biodegradable products, pharmaceutical production.
Introduction to performance parameters and characteristics of pumps, fans, presses, and solids handling, size reduction, separation and agitation equipment.
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.