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.

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  • Modeling NK Cell Toxin Diffusion 

    Bryan, Michaela; McLane, Liam; Park, Andy; Tjokorda, Indira (2022-05-27)
    Natural killer (NK) cells are a key part of the body’s innate immune system, killing cells that have been damaged or stressed by infection and controlling the spread of disease while a slower, more powerful adaptive immune ...
  • How do Laser Pointers Damage your Retina? 

    Lee, Joseph; Kuhikar, Sneha; van der Vliet, Riemer (2022-05-27)
    Lasers are devices used for many applications, for instance, in CD burning and reading, to baffle an audience in a light show or to point out details on a projector. The handheld laser or laser pointer is not given much ...
  • Optimizing Nitrogen Fertilizer Quantities in Cereal Crop Root Systems to Minimize Leaching 

    Kuelbs, Chloe; Liu, Jiren; Sadoff, Hunter; Shen, Jeffrey (2022-05-27)
    Loss of nitrogen due to leaching is one of the most pressing issues in agriculture as it leads to excessive crop production costs and pollution. N leaching contributes to atmospheric and aquatic pollution [1]. The production ...
  • Hydrogel Smart Bandage as a Diagnostic Tool for Infection in Burn Wounds 

    Kelly, Abby; Zhai, Mattieu; Li, Alan; Zhu, Jiaming (2022-05-27)
    Every year, almost half a million people are admitted to the emergency room because of burn wounds. Of the thousands of deaths that result from these wounds, more than half are due to complications from infection. An easy ...
  • Victoria’s Secret Problem: Heat Loss in Mastectomy Patients 

    Chen, Hsin Huei; Irons, Kelly; Lee, Taehee; Mathur, Shubham (2022-05-27)
    Mastectomies are performed to treat or prevent the risk of breast cancer. Annually, over 100,000 women in the US undergo some form of mastectomy [1]. Approximately 40% of women who undergo mastectomies elect to undergo ...
  • 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 ...

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