Area: Bioprocess Engineering

Sub-Area:

    Applying engineering principles to biological processes and materials to develop alternative energy sources, beneficial products, and to provide alternative strategies for dealing with household, agricultural, industrial, and municipal wastes.
  • Biological Materials Processing
    • Biodiesel
    • Ethanol
    • Other alternative energy sources
  • Processing/Bioseparation of Materials to Produce/Purify
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Oils
    • Other bio-based products
  • Treatment System Design/Operation
    • Household wastes
    • Municipal wastewater
    • Solid wastes
    • Agricultural wastes
  • Alternative Materials Production
    • i.e. Straw-based fiberboard

Employers:

  • Food processing companies
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Land grant universities
  • Research and education facilities
  • Research laboratories
  • Government agencies including:
    • U.S. and State Departments of Agriculture
    • U.S. Forest Service
    • U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service
    • U.S. Agricultural Research Service
  • Alternative fuel production companies
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Power/utilities companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Research firms

Strategies & Information:

  • Seek related production and processing experience through co-ops, internships, or part-time jobs.
  • Maintain knowledge of current alternative energy and product industry trends and regulations.
  • Develop strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Seek extensive laboratory and research experience to obtain research positions.
  • Learn team and individual design skills.
  • Obtain Ph.D. for optimal teaching and research careers.
  • Become familiar with the federal job application and employment procedures.
  • Participate in related clubs and organizations like the student chapter of The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers to build contacts and cultivate related interests.

Area: Soil and Water Conservation Engineering

Sub-Area:

    Applying engineering principles to the complex environmental problems facing development and conservation of soil and water resources including soil erosion, water pollution by sediment and other contaminants from various land uses, stormwater runoff that causes flooding and damages the environment, and the impact of various land uses on aquatic ecosystems.
  • Erosion and Sediment Control
    • Construction sites
    • Reclaimed mines
    • Disturbed forests and pasture
    • Agricultural lands
  • Stormwater Management for Urban Settings to Reduce
    • Downstream flooding
    • Negative ecological impacts
  • Measuring and Monitoring Hydrologic Phenomena
    • Hydrologic elements
    • Water quality concerns
  • Protecting Water Resources from Waste-Management Operations
    • Municipal wastewater and solid waste
    • Household wastewater
    • Agricultural animal and solid wastes
    • Pesticide-contaminated rinsewater
  • Automated Characterization of Aquatic Habitat
    • Underwater video mapping
  • Development of Instrumentation and Control Systems
    • Hydrologic and water quality phenomena

Employers:

  • Land grant universities
  • Research and education facilities
  • Research laboratories
  • Government agencies including:
    • U.S. and State Departments of Agriculture
    • U.S. Forest Service
    • U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • State Environmental and Conservation Agencies
  • State Departments of Transportation
  • Environmental design and consulting firms
  • Architectural and building firms
  • Forest product and mining companies

Strategies & Information:

  • Maintain knowledge of current environmental issues including policy, conservation, and industry trends.
  • Seek related experience through co-ops, internships, or part-time jobs in specialized area of interest.
  • Develop strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Seek extensive laboratory and research experience to obtain research positions.
  • Learn team and individual design skills.
  • Obtain Ph.D. for teaching and research careers.
  • Participate in related clubs and organizations like the student chapter of The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and/or The Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences Club to build contacts and cultivate academic interests.

Area: Machinery Systems and Controls

Sub-Area:

    Improving equipment efficiency in terms of energy, labor, and economics, while minimizing negative environmental impacts.
  • Site-Specific Control of Machinery
    (to reduce inputs/encourage optimal plant growth)
    • Agricultural tillage
    • Seeding
    • Irrigation
    • Chemical application equipment
  • Determining/Predicting the Impact of Military
  • Vehicles
    • Environmental quality of training areas
  • Control of Spraying Systems to Target Pest/Nutrient Needs
  • Development of Sensors/Control of Equipment Using Sensors
    • Crop and process yield monitors
    • Crop health monitors
    • Spray applicators
  • Collection/Use of Spatial Information
    • Global Positioning System (GPS)
    • Geographic Information System (GIS)

Employers:

  • Agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers
  • Electronic instrumentation and control companies
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Biological production, management, and design companies including:
    • Agricultural
    • Forest products
    • Nursery
    • Turf
    • Greenhouse
    • Mining
  • Agricultural and environmental design and consulting firms
  • Bulk product handling, processing, and transport manufacturers

Strategies & Information:

  • Develop strong knowledge of engineering principles with practical application to design and integrate equipment, sensors, and facilities that handle, process, and control biological materials.
  • Seek related experience through co-ops, internships, and part-time jobs.
  • Develop strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Learn team and individual design skills.
  • Obtain Ph.D. for optimal teaching and research careers.
  • Participate in related clubs and organizations like the student branch of The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers to build contacts and cultivate academic interests.

General Information and Strategies