Biological and Ecological Engineering is the application of engineering and life-science principles and problem-solving techniques to the optimum use and sustainability of biological resources. The curriculum is engineering-based with strong emphasis on the life sciences. With undergraduate and graduate options, we bring the insights from biology and the methods of engineering together to provide the products and tools of the future.


Press Releases

Dr. John Bolte, BEE Professor and Department Chair, has been selected for the 2016 Roy G Arnold Agricultural Research Foundation Leadership Award. Please join us in congratulating him on this accomplishment!

The Fall 2016 Ecological Engineering undergraduate program has hit a very exciting milestone: 55% are women! Read more about the need for women in engineering here.

William (Bill) Hohenschuh was awarded first place and Hossein Tabatabaie was awarded second place for their posters at the Annual S1041 meeting in August. Congratulations!

BEE in the News

Students from senior design course BEE 469/470 Biological and Ecological Engineering Design, have been testing their design prototypes for grid indepedent aquaculture pond aerators intended for developing countries.
"Franklin is famously rumored to have studied weather phenomenon by tying objects to kites, and Chad W. Higgins briefly considered this strategy to collect the data he wanted—data that could improve weather forecasts."
"Two professors, Oregon State hydrologist John Selker and Nick van de Giesen at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, started TAHMO in 2010 with a grand vision: Transform Africa from being the world’s most poorly monitored continent for weather to being the best. They plan to install 20,000 weather stations across sub-Saharan Africa in a network that will give a badly needed boost to farmers, fishermen, businesses and water management agencies."
When Dietterich received an inquiry from Zemicheal, the OSU professor had already begun collaborating with colleague and fellow OSU engineer John Selker, co-founder of the TransAfrican Hydrometeorological Observatory. Selker’s goal is to install 20,000 weather stations across sub-Saharan Africa. Dietterich was looking for a graduate student to bring expertise — both technical and cultural — to that endeavor.

BEE Seminars & Events


Operational Excellence

Oct 17th

Featuring: Greg Peters and Norman Firchau 

Leadership Academy Pillar: PROFESSIONAL or COLLABORATIVE

No matter what your products are, striving for Operational Excellence along the entire


Social Change Model of Leadership

November 1st

Featuring: Emily Bowling

Leadership Academy Pillar: ETHICAL or INCLUSIVE

Come learn about the Social Change Model of Leadership and its’ “7 C’sâ€.  This theory of leadership is


Start Smart

Leadership Academy Pillar: Member Choice: PURPOSEFUL or PROFESSIONAL

This workshop is for women students in Engineering and Business. It will teach you how to determine what employers are paying for the

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