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Biosystems engineers ensure that we have the necessities of life: safe and plentiful food to eat, pure water to drink, clean fuel and energy sources, and a safe, healthy environment in which to live. Biosystems Engineers at Auburn apply engineering to problems and opportunities presented by living things and the natural environment.
There are approximately 100 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students in Biosystems Engineering at Auburn. Their well-rounded engineering experiences received here at Auburn enable them to function exceptionally well on the multidisciplinary teams in today's workforce. They receive personal attention from our 11 faculty members. Our faculty has a diverse set of expertise that includes impressive research, outreach, and industry experiences.
Programs in Auburn University's Biosystems Engineering Department are centered around four major focus areas:
In bioenergy and bioproducts engineering, we develop new systems for producing renewable liquid fuels, electrical power, heat, and value-added products from our biomass resources. We design systems for production, harvesting, transportation, processing, and storage of biomass feedstocks followed by conversion and distribution of the final bioenergy and biobased products.
In ecological engineering, we implement ways to control soil erosion and study the environmental effects of sediment on stream quality. We design, build, operate and maintain water control structures for reservoirs, floodways and channels and we also work on water treatment systems, wetlands protection, and other water issues.
In food and biological engineering, we apply our expertise to problems such as food and feed production and environmental protection and remediation. Our engineers work on biological processing of biomass, food, feed, and wastes and treatment of hazardous wastes and composting.
In production and process engineering, we combine design expertise with manufacturing methods to develop economical and responsible processing solutions for industry. Our engineers work to improve the productivity and efficiency of production facilities for poultry, aquaculture, horticulture, forest products, etc. We work hard at adding value to agricultural and forest products by developing new products and expanding uses of existing products. Our engineers are at the forefront of the effort to identify and develop viable energy sources - biomass, methane, and vegetable oil, to name a few - and to make these and other systems cleaner and more efficient.
In off-highway vehicle engineering, we focus on designing advanced equipment, and making it more efficient and less demanding of our natural resources. This includes developing and refining equipment for harvesting and transporting forest products, for more efficient planting and fertilization of forest and agricultural crops, for mapping yield of forest and agricultural products, and for conducting highly precise crop spraying. This is in addition to developing the tractors, tillage equipment, irrigation equipment, and harvest equipment that have done so much to reduce the drudgery of agricultural production.
Since its origins in 1919, Auburn's Biosystems Engineering Department has been providing engineering solutions to improve our quality of life. With continued growth in faculty and students, we will continue to serve Alabama's citizens into the 21 st century.