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.

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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!

The WaterBoys team, representing BEE, is one of 10 teams that made it to the Cleantech Semifinals. They were given $2500 to develop their prototypes, which they will use to compete for the final grand prize in September.

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

06Oct2016

The Art of Managing Up

October 6th

Featuring: Mike Hermens (Capgemini US LLC)

Leadership Academy Pillar: PROFESSIONAL

New employees have a lot to learn: their job, processes, coworkers, supervisors’ expectations. Most employees

14Oct2016
17Oct2016

LEAN Leadership

Oct 17th

Featuring: Greg Peters and Norman Firchau 

Leadership Academy Pillar: PROFESSIONAL or COLLABORATIVE

What is LEAN all about? Come to this session presented by Greg Peters

01Nov2016

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

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