Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) is the engineering discipline that applies concepts of biology, chemistry and physics, along with engineering science and design principles, to solve problems in biological systems. Our faculty and students work in a broad range of biological systems, from natural systems, such as watersheds with a focus on water resources, to built systems, such as bioreactors and bioprocessing facilities. We work from the nanoscale to the macroscale. We seek to improve animal, human, and environmental health through development and design of healthy food products, vaccines, bioenergy, biomaterials, and water quality management practices. We convert biological resources, such as switchgrass, plant proteins, and animal manure, into value-added products, such as biopharmaceuticals, biofuels, and biomaterials, in a sustainable manner.

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  • Environmental health disparities in the Central Appalachian region of the United States 

    Krometis, Leigh-Anne; Gohlke, Julia; Kolivras, Korine; Satterwhite, Emily; Marmagas, Susan West; Marr, Linsey C. (De Gruyter, 2017-09-26)
    Health disparities that cannot be fully explained by socio-behavioral factors persist in the Central Appalachian region of the United States. A review of available studies of environmental impacts on Appalachian health and ...
  • Reducing Sediment in Stroubles Creek, Blacksburg, VA 

    Hession, WC (2017-04-30)
    Upstream urbanization, stream channelization, and livestock access have resulted in significant sediment loading to Stroubles Creek, resulting in a benthic macroinvertebrate community impairment. Developed in 2006, the ...
  • Biological Systems Engineering Newsletter, Fall 2016 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2016)
    This is the department newsletter for Biological Systems Engineering.
  • Biological Systems Engineering Newsletter, Fall 2014 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2014)
    This is the department newsletter for Biological Systems Engineering.
  • Biological Systems Engineering Newsletter, Spring 2013 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2013)
    This is the department newsletter for Biological Systems Engineering.
  • Biological Systems Engineering Newsletter, Fall 2013 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2013)
    This is the department newsletter for Biological Systems Engineering.
  • Biological Systems Engineering Newsletter, Spring 2015 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2015)
    This is the department newsletter for Biological Systems Engineering.
  • Biological Systems Engineering Newsletter, Spring 2014 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2014)
    This is the department newsletter for Biological Systems Engineering.
  • Biological Systems Engineering Newsletter, Fall 2015 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2015)
    This is the department newsletter for Biological Systems Engineering.
  • Biological Systems Engineering Newsletter, Spring 2016 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2016)
    This is the department newsletter for Biological Systems Engineering.
  • Biological Systems Engineering Newsletter, Spring 2017 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2017)
    This is the department newsletter for Biological Systems Engineering.
  • Engineering Update, Fall 2010 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2010-09)
    Engineering Update is a joint effort of Biological Systems Engineering and other interested parties. Subject matter areas include timely information on water quality, natural resource management, TMDL, air emissions, animal ...
  • Engineering Update, Winter 2011 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2011-12)
    Engineering Update is a joint effort of Biological Systems Engineering and other interested parties. Subject matter areas include timely information on water quality, natural resource management, TMDL, air emissions, animal ...
  • Engineering Update, Fall 2011 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2011-09)
    Engineering Update is a joint effort of Biological Systems Engineering and other interested parties. Subject matter areas include timely information on water quality, natural resource management, TMDL, air emissions, animal ...
  • Engineering Update, Summer 2011 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2011-06)
    Engineering Update is a joint effort of Biological Systems Engineering and other interested parties. Subject matter areas include timely information on water quality, natural resource management, TMDL, air emissions, animal ...
  • Engineering Update, Fall 2012 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2012-09)
    Engineering Update is a joint effort of Biological Systems Engineering and other interested parties. Subject matter areas include timely information on water quality, natural resource management, TMDL, air emissions, animal ...
  • Engineering Update, Summer 2012 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2012-06)
    Engineering Update is a joint effort of Biological Systems Engineering and other cooperators at Virginia Tech. Subject areas covered in these newsletters include water quality, natural resource management, TMDL, air quality, ...
  • Engineering Update, Spring 2011 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2011-03)
    Engineering Update is a joint effort of Biological Systems Engineering and other interested parties. Subject matter areas include timely information on water quality, natural resource management, TMDL, air emissions, animal ...
  • Engineering Update, Spring 2010 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2010-03)
    Engineering Update is a joint effort of Biological Systems Engineering and other interested parties. Subject matter areas include timely information on water quality, natural resource management, TMDL, air emissions, animal ...
  • Engineering Update, Winter 2010 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2010-12)
    Engineering Update is a joint effort of Biological Systems Engineering and other interested parties. Subject matter areas include timely information on water quality, natural resource management, TMDL, air emissions, animal ...

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