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

Every year the Senior Class of Ecological Engineering designs a project that simulates the experience of being a hired as a contractor by a specific client or group of clients. This capstone project, titled Senior Design, combines the skill the students have learned during their time at Oregon State University into one project that they will present at the Engineering Expo on May 19th. This year our students hope to raise enough funds to make a working model of their designs and possibly implement them in the field environment.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Administrative Program Assist position for the Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering (BEE).

The Manford L. Rathbun Level III Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jessica Cugley, an undergraduate student in Ecological Engineering.  Congratulations Jessy!

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!

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


Davis Hernandez-Alvarez - MS Dissertation, Water Resources Engineering

Please join us for the thesis defense of Davis Hernandez-Alvarez, a MS candidate in Water Resources Engineering. He will be presenting his thesis, "The Effects of Beaver Dam Analogs on…

WRGP Winter Seminar Series

Please join us for the upcoming Water Resources Seminar. Feng Zhenxing, with Oregon State University, will present “Water and Energy Conservation†on March 15, 2017, from 12pm -


Cheng Li - PhD Dissertation, Biological & Ecological Engineering

You are invited to attend the thesis defense of Cheng Li for his PhD in Biological & Ecological Engineering on March 16, 2017, in Nash 214, from 12:00-3…

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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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