Biological Systems Engineering

Departmental Overview

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Degrees Offered

Ph.D. and M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering


Professor and Department Chair: C. O. Stöckle
Professor: G. V. Barbosa-Cánovas; S. Chen; G. Hoogenboom; J. Tang, J. Wu; Q. Zhang
Associate Professor: M. Garcia-Pérez; P. Ndegwa, S. Sablani
Assistant Professor: M. Karkee; H. Lei; R. Troy Peters; B. Yang
Research Assistant Professor: C. Frear; U. Zaher
Affiliate Faculty
: D. Bender; W. Elliot; M. Flury; P. Robichaud; V. Yadama; J. Zhang
Adjunct Faculty: J. L. Ullman; S. Wang

Research Emaphasis

Biological and Agricultural Engineering is a multidisciplinary program that offers students flexibility to accommodate a blend of engineering and science in their programs of study and research projects. Students apply engineering and biological principles to conduct high-quality research and to develop and disseminate knowledge and technologies in the areas of agriculture, food, energy, and natural resource systems. BSysE offers the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Biological and Agricultural Engineering with four areas of emphasis: a) Food Engineering, b) Bioenergy and Bioproduct Engineering, c) Land, Air, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, and d) Agricultural Automation Engineering.

Agricultural Automation Engineering: Develop engineering solutions for processes and equipment to meet the needs in specialty crop production.

Bioenergy and Bioproducts Engineering: Develop engineering processes to produce useful, high-value products from the byproducts of agricultural operations and other sources of plant biomass.

Food Engineering: The application of engineering to the production of safe, nutritious food.

Land, Air, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (LAWREE): Engineering applications related to hydrologic processes at the field level or at the scale of large water sheds. Application of engineering and biological principles to the study the environmental impact of managed biological systems, including agriculture, confined animal operations, aquaculture, and natural resources.

BSysE Stats

  Academic Campuses Pullman, Puyallup, Prosser, Tri-Cities
  Research Locations Statewide
  Faculty working with students 22
  Graduate Students 76
  Post Doctoral Fellows 10
  Technical Support Personnel   2
  Administrative Support  4







May 10, 2012 VSH
BSysE is one of the best....[more]

Department News

Congratulations to Regents Professor Juming Tang!

ASABE 2014 Fellow
Congratulations to Dr. Juming Tang
Congratulations to Mr. Hossein Sadeghi as the recipient of the 2013 Graduate Student Award!
Shyam Sablani is Cocharan Fellowship Program
Training Lead... .[more]
Dr. Shyam Sablani
Manoj Karkee Recieves USDA Tree Fruit Harvesting Grant ....[more]
Manoj Karkee
Qin Zhang named ASABE fellow....[more]
Qin Zhang Fellow

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