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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  • 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 ...
  • Modeling of Primary Freeze Drying Phase of Lyophilization of Ebola Virus Disease Vaccine 

    Adams, Abby; Flood, Donovan; Ganesan, Sandhya; Koga, Maho (2020-05)
    Lyophilization, or freeze-drying, is a commonly used technique to extend the shelf life and increase the stability of various pharmaceuticals by removing excess water from the product. The process can be energy and ...
  • Effect of Layout and Shape to the Drug Delivery of Intratumoral Implant 

    Xue, Zhengxing; Cai, Yalu; Fuchs, Matthieu (2020-05)
    Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. In 2015, about 90.5 million people had cancer. About 14.1 million new cases occur a year.[1] ...
  • Heat Transfer in Penguin Huddles 

    Karben, Samson; Kim, Glenn; Purwamaska, Ivanakbar; Tormey, Caitlin (2020-05)
    Emperor penguins have several adaptations that allow them to survive the extreme Antarctic winter. Some of these adaptations are behavioral, such as huddling to reduce exposure and preserve body heat. While previous research ...
  • Water Quality Parameters at Small Tributaries to Owasco Lake for 2016-2018 

    Lisboa, Maria Sol; Foley, Jillian; Walter, M. Todd (2020)
  • Finite Element Model of Human Thermoregulation in Cold Conditions 

    Berman, Aaron; Khalatyan, Yekaterina; Umeki, Chris; Zhou, Max (2019-05)
    The human body can only function properly within a narrow range of temperatures. Therefore, the regulation of body temperature is a critical part of survival. Thermal homeostasis is maintained through complex feedback ...
  • Modelling two-stage antibiotic release from orthopedic fixation pins to prevent post-op osteomyelitis 

    Bhatta, Asmita; Kim, Matthew Jundong; Lim, Melanie; Sheng, Rory (2019-05)
    The first six hours following orthopedic implantation is a decisive period for preventing bacterial adhesion to ensure an implant’s long-term success. If bacterial adhesion is not adequately impeded, a biofilm will form, ...
  • Don’t Breathe on Me 

    Brigham, Rae; Machireddy, Meghana; Sequeira, Yohan (2019-05)
    The contamination of surfaces in public spaces is of great importance to minimizing disease spread. When a large number of people share public spaces in close proximity, aerial disease transmission becomes common, especially ...

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