Biological and Environmental Engineering

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $20,800; professional degree: $47,050; M.P.S.(A.L.S.): $30,785

Application deadlines

Fall, Dec. 1 (without aid: open); spring, Oct. 1

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • M.S. and Ph.D. -- three recommendations; resume; GRE general test
  • M.Eng. -- two recommendations; resume; GRE general test (GREs not required for Cornell students)
  • M.P.S.(Agriculture & Life Sciences) -- two recommendations; resume; GRE general test (GREs not required for Cornell students)

Degrees

  • M.Eng.
  • M.P.S.
  • M.S.
  • M.S./Ph.D.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences (M.P.S.)
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering (M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D., M.Eng.)

Major concentrations

  • bioenergy and integrated energy systems
  • bioenvironmental engineering
  • biological engineering
  • bioprocess engineering
  • ecohydrology
  • environmental engineering
  • environmental management (M.P.S.(A.L.S.) only)
  • food engineering
  • industrial biotechnology
  • nanobiotechnology
  • sustainable systems
  • synthetic biology

Both Ph.D. and M.S. degree candidates are required to select at least one minor subject from outside the field. The M.S. and Ph.D. research degrees require submission of an acceptable thesis or dissertation.

The professional degree of Master of Engineering (Agriculture and Biological) is intended primarily for students who plan to enter engineering practice. This program is intended to develop students' backgrounds in engineering design as well as to improve their fundamental engineering knowledge. Cornell's catalog has additional information. Graduate Study in Engineering and Applied Science has additional information.

The professional degree of Master of Professional Studies (Agriculture) is intended for those who want to further their training for practitioner-type work in agricultural technology and who do not intend to become involved in engineering design and research. In addition, the M.P.S. (Agriculture & Life Sciences) program has a Peace Corp option in which the student undertakes two semesters of academic work at Cornell and a Peace Corp assignment. For information and instructions on how to apply, check the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences)/Peace Corps Web site, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607-255-3037; email mpsag_peacecorps@cornell.edu.

Application:
Applicants to the Ph.D. or M.S. programs must have a baccalaureate degree (bachelor's degree) in an area of engineering, physical science, or biological science with a strong preparation in mathematics and physics. Deficiencies in undergraduate training must be made up early in the advanced degree program. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

Applicants to the Master of Engineering program must have a baccalaureate degree (bachelor's degree) in engineering or its equivalent. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores (not required for Cornell students).

Applicants to the Master of Professional Studies program must have a baccalaureate degree (bachelor's degree) in agricultural technology or a related physical or biological sciences-oriented curriculum. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores (not required for Cornell students).

Beth Ahner -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; bioenvironmental engineering; Research interests: biological indicators of environmental stresses; toxicity and nutrition of trace metals
Lindsay Anderson -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; bioenergy and integrated energy systems; Research interests: renewable energy; energy markets; systems modeling; simulation
Daniel Aneshansley -- Concentrations: biological engineering; environmental engineering; bioenergy and integrated energy systems; Research interests: electronic instrumentation; sensors; machine-vision applications in agricultural and biological engineering
Largus Angenent -- Concentrations: biological engineering; environmental engineering; bioenergy and integrated energy systems; bioprocess engineering; industrial biotechnology; sustainable systems; Research interests: bioenergy; anaerobic digestion; microbial fuel cells; non-defined mixed culture processing
Ludmilla Aristilde -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; bioenvironmental engineering; nanobiotechnology; Research interests: Molecular environmental chemodynamics of organic contaminants, environmental chemistry, environmental toxicology, chemical interactions with inorganic and organic natural particles, molecular biochemical controls in toxicological targets of contaminants, environmental biochemistry, engineering of natural particles for contaminant remediation
Antje Baeumner -- Concentrations: biological engineering; environmental engineering; nanobiotechnology; Research interests: analytical biotechnology; biosensors, bioanalytical microsystems
James Bartsch -- Concentrations: biological engineering; food engineering; Research interests: post-harvest storage systems for horticultural crops; products damage; properties of food and biological materials; international agricultural engineering; physical properties
Dwight Bowman -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; Research interests: Environmental Engineering
Wilfred Brutsaert -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; ecohydrology; Research interests: hydraulics; hydrology; groundwater flow
Harold Craighead -- Concentrations: biological engineering; bioenergy and integrated energy systems; nanobiotechnology; Research interests:
Ashim Datta -- Concentrations: biological engineering; food engineering; Research interests: heat and mass transfer in food and biological systems; microwave applications
Kifle Gebremedhin -- Concentrations: biological engineering; bioenergy and integrated energy systems; sustainable systems; Research interests: structural analysis and design; animal housing systems; thermal environment; heat and mass transfer
Douglas Haith -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; Research interests: environmental systems analysis; solid waste management; water resources
Peter Hess -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; sustainable systems; Research interests: atmospheric chemistry and the effect of climate change on atmospheric chemistry; climate change; land use and atmospheric chemistry; interactions between atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry
Jean Hunter -- Concentrations: biological engineering; bioprocess engineering; food engineering; Research interests: bioprocess engineering; fermentation and enzyme technology; bioseparations; food engineering
Lynne Irwin -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; Research interests: highway engineering; highway materials evaluation; soil stabilization; structural evaluation of pavements
Dan Luo -- Concentrations: biological engineering; nanobiotechnology; Research interests: molecular bioengineering for macro-molecule-based drug delivery; nucleic acid engineering; intracellular delivery; nanobiotechnology
Minglin Ma -- Concentrations: biological engineering; nanobiotechnology; Research interests: biomaterials, cell packaging, micro tissues, cell therapy, immune responses to medical implants
John March -- Concentrations: biological engineering; bioprocess engineering; synthetic biology; Research interests: metabolic engineering
Richard Rand -- Concentrations: biological engineering; Research interests: biomechanics; theoretical and applied mechanics; dynamic systems
Brian Richards -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; Research interests: soil and water contaminants
Andy Ruina -- Concentrations: biological engineering; environmental engineering; Research interests: friction laws and instabilities; geomechanics
Xiling Shen -- Concentrations: biological engineering; nanobiotechnology; synthetic biology; Research interests: systems biology; synthetic biology; computational biology; nanotechnology
Christine Shoemaker -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; bioenvironmental engineering; ecohydrology; sustainable systems; Research interests: pest management; water resource systems; mathematical ecology
Tammo Steenhuis -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; ecohydrology; sustainable systems; Research interests: soil and water engineering; water management; watershed hydrology; groundwater quality engineering
Abraham Stroock -- Concentrations: biological engineering; environmental engineering; ecohydrology; nanobiotechnology; Research interests: Microfluidics Environmental and biological transport phenomena Tissue engineering Plant water relations and soil physics
Michael Timmons -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; Research interests: aquacultural engineering; engineering entrepreneurship and management
Larry Walker -- Concentrations: biological engineering; bioenergy and integrated energy systems; industrial biotechnology; sustainable systems; Research interests: agricultural and environmental bioprocess engineering; enzyme engineering; microbial degradation; sustainable bio-based industries
Michael Walter -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; Research interests: hydrology; environmental transport; environmental fluid mechanics; watershed process
Todd Walter -- Concentrations: bioenvironmental engineering; ecohydrology; sustainable systems; Research interests: environmental fluid mechanics; contaminant transport; cold-regions hydrology; watershed modeling; environmental biophysics; watershed biogeochemistry; environmental engineering; eco-hydrology
Jeffrey Werner (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; bioprocess engineering; Research interests: Bioprocess Engineering Environmental Engineering
Mingming Wu -- Concentrations: biological engineering; nanobiotechnology; Research interests: micro- nano- scale technologies; cellular engineering; cancer biology; environmental biotechnology

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Louis Albright -- Concentrations: biological engineering; environmental engineering; sustainable systems; Research interests: greenhouses and agricultural buildings; energy management; simulation and control of aerial environment
Robert Cooke -- Concentrations: biological engineering; Research interests: biological engineering; plant-water relationships; engineering properties of biological materials; mathematical engineering analysis; microcomputers and educational software
William Jewell -- Concentrations: biological engineering; Research interests: renewable energy and waste treatment; toxics bioremediation; rural environmental engineering; agricultural waste management
Jean-Yves Parlange -- Concentrations: environmental engineering; Research interests: mathematical modeling of physical and biological systems; applications of thermodynamics; water movement in soils
Gerry Rehkugler -- Concentrations: biological engineering; Research interests: biological and environmental engineering
Norman Scott -- Concentrations: biological engineering; bioenergy and integrated energy systems; industrial biotechnology; sustainable systems; Research interests: biomathematical modeling of animal systems; animal calorimetry; environmental physiology; bioengineering; electronic instrumentation

Learning Goals

As a graduate student in the field of Biological and Environmental Engineering we will help you to develop into an outstanding engineering researcher and ethical scholar in our field. We will work together so that you can further your strengths that brought you here and expand your abilities beyond. This means that you will be able to make original and substantial contributions to our discipline. It also means that you will seek opportunities to reach out to the community at large and engage in activities increasing the impact of your research to our society.

Your time as graduate student will be spent in part with classes and in large part with your research project. The knowledge you obtain from your classes will form a strong basis onto which you can build your research. You will become skilled in the techniques important to your research. In addition, you will have many opportunities to also develop your communication skills for oral and written presentations at formal and informal events. Thus, as a successful graduate student you will synthesize and create new knowledge in biological or environmental engineering.

You will be working independently on your research project and will be embedded in a team of researchers with similar aspirational goals. You will be supported by a committee of engaged faculty members and will have the opportunity to form a strong bond with your graduate advisor throughout the time in our program. Your graduate time in BEE will be your starting point of forming your professional network that can supportively accompany you for your future career and professional life.

Your progress in our graduate program will be assessed throughout your time in BEE by your faculty committee each semester. During the M.S., A and B exam formal assessment will provide you with written feedback at critical points in your graduate education with us and assist you in the continuing improvement of your proficiencies as a biological or environmental research engineer.

Learn more about learning proficiencies for the Ph.D. and M.S. degree. 

Learn more about learning outcomes for the M.Eng. degree.

Learning Outcomes and Associated Assessments.