The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) is diverse with two distinct and highly integrated program areas: Biological Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Although these two program areas share significant commonality in teaching, especially with regard to the core curriculum, there are significant differences in emphasis and course options. These differences result in a flexible program that satisfies the diverse interests of our students. Accordingly, the intellectual breadth of the BEE department is even more strongly reflected by the diversity of the department's research and outreach activities. Biological Engineering integrates engineering practice and quantitative biology, with a focus on food systems, life sciences, human health and the environment. Environmental Engineering is aimed at combining engineering and environmental sciences in a coordinated manner so as to include a balance of basic, developmental and applied investigative efforts. Once concerned primarily with the rural environment, the program now addresses a wide range of environmental issues in both the private and public sectors.

For more information go to BEE Home Page.

Sub-communities within this community

Collections in this community

Recent Submissions

  • Experimental data for: Topography Impacts Hydrology in the Sub-Humid Ethiopian Highlands 

    Mhiret, Demesew; Dersseh, Minychl; Guzman, Christian; Dagnew, Dessalegn; Abebe, Wubneh; Zaitchik, Benjamin; Steenhuis, Tammo (2022)
    (Abstract from full manuscript in Water vol 14, January 2022) Understanding the relationship between topography, hydrological processes, and runoff source areas is essential in engineering design, such as predicting floods ...
  • Gluconobacter oxydans Knockout Collection Sequencing Data 

    Schmitz, Alexa M.; Pian, Brooke; Medin, Sean; Reid, Matthew C.; Wu, Mingming; Gazel, Esteban; Barstow, Buz (2021-08-17)
    Data in support of research: Rare earth elements (REEs) are critical components of our technological society and essential for renewable energy technologies. Traditional thermochemical processes to extract REEs from mineral ...
  • Still a Threat: Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Metabolism in Cells & Formation of Cancer-Causing DNA Adducts 

    Chang, Wei-Ann; Taveras, Alwany Angeles; Saadatmand, Bahareh; Gaul, Larissa (2021-05)
    Despite PCBs having been banned from manufacturing processes for decades, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs can still enter the environment through various means, such as improper waste disposal methods, and wreak havoc. ...
  • Frostbyte: Multi-Phase Lower Digital Freezing 

    Cooke, Benjamin; Jaicks, John; Kitzinger, Cameron; Sheppard, TJ (2021-05)
    Though frostbite is an affliction that has been commonly known for hundreds of years, its direct effect and dynamics have rarely been studied. With modern technology and an understanding of the human body, tissue freezing ...
  • An Injectable Oxygen and VEGF Releasing Hydrogel for Cardiac Tissue Regeneration 

    Li, Linda; Lubinus, Ariadna; Murundi, Shamanth; Prakash, Gayatri (2021-05)
    The purpose of this study was to determine the design requirements of an injectable fibrin hydrogel as a viable tool in delivering sufficient oxygen (O2) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) to hypoxic tissue to ...
  • Murdering the Murder Hornet: Heat and CO2 Exchange in a Bee-ball 

    Shack, Jasmine; Yu, Evelyn (Zichen); Yu, Ruoqian Lin; Fang, Ye (2021-05)
    Bee-balling is a defensive technique employed by Japanese honeybees, Apis cerana japonica, against the predatory Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia. Upon recognition of the hornet intruder within the hive, hundreds of ...
  • A Model of Transdermal Drug Delivery through Electroporation 

    Adair, James; Chou, Emily; Metzloff, Matt; Tse, Truman (2021-05)
    Electroporation is a technique that applies high voltage pulses over short time periods, resulting in strong electric fields, to create micropores in cell membranes. When applied to the skin, electroporation causes Joule ...
  • Bathymetric survey of Lake Tana, Ethiopia 

    Kebedew, Mebrahtom; Kibret, Aron; Tilahun, Seifu; Belete, Mulugeta; Zemale, Fasikaw; Steenhuis, Tammo (2020-07-02)
    (Abstract from related journal paper prepared in cooperation with Cornell University, BEE Soil and Water Lab) Lakes hold most of the world’s freshwater resources. Safeguarding these resources from water quality degradation ...
  • Designing and Optimizing a Protocol for Whole-Ovary Vitrification 

    Scott, Mitchell Tyler; Chen, Dave; Cheng, Evan (2020-05)
    Ovarian tissue cryopreservation (OTC), a process to preserve human ovarian tissue by cooling to subzero temperature without ice formation, has been increasingly studied within the last 15 years. This is due to the growing ...
  • Effect of Fibrotic Layer Formation on Oxygen Delivery to Pancreatic Cells in a (REDACTED) Cell Encapsulation Device 

    Fibrosis is an immune response that handicaps the effectiveness of biomedical devices for individuals with type 1 diabetes. As an implant becomes encapsulated with connective tissue, forming a fibrotic layer, cells within ...

View more


RSS Feeds