Biological and Ecological Engineering (PhD)
The graduate program in Biological & Ecological Engineering deals with diverse issues in the design and analysis of a wide range of biological and hydrologic systems. Focus areas are in bioprocessing, biosystems analysis and water resource engineering/watershed analysis.
Research topics in Biological and Ecological engineering encompass biofuels production, metabolic engineering, microbial fuel cells, biohydrogen production, waste and waste water treatment, modeling and control of biological systems, biofuel systems analysis using techno-economic models and life cycle assessment.
Research topics in Water Resources Engineering include use of simulation modeling to support ecohydraulic decision support, application of remote sensing and GIS to water resource management, regional hydrologic modeling, optimum irrigation management, non-point source pollution management, constructed wetlands water treatment, and groundwater quality. The department is home to the NSF-funded CTEMPs.org, developing and supporting new methods in environmental monitoring. Departmental field campaigns are ongoing on six continents, with a strong emphasis on applied research. Water Resource Engineering at OSU is an interdisciplinary program separate from BEE, with advisors in the BEE department. If students want to study WRE, they must apply to the Water Resources Graduate Program's Water Resources Engineering focus NOT Biological and Ecological Engineering.