BAE Graduate Program

Program Impact

What global impact can a graduate degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Kansas State University make on mankind? The world’s population is projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050. Future generations face unique biological and ecological challenges. The BAE department is actively engaged in research to address challenges faced by the next generation. Examples include food availability, preservation of natural resources, water quality and quantity issues, climate change and others.

Collaboratively with other engineers and scientists the BAE faculty are committed to fulfilling the department motto of ‘We Bring Solutions to Life’.

Main research focus areas of BAE

  • Environmental including water, climate and air
  • Bio processing including bio-based fuels and valued added products
  • Controls and sensors including product innovation and information utilization

What are some examples of on-going research in BAE?

  • BAE research engineers are addressing food and fiber production practices to minimize the depletion of the Ogallala water aquifer and explore sustainable alternatives. Faculty is researching biological based alternatives to protect the quality of the surface waters utilized as drinking waters for urban communities. Biological systems are being explored as an alternative for minimizing industrial waste being released into the environment.
  • Bio processing research is focusing on alternative biological based energy and product innovation. Bio processing innovation utilizes the by-products from the biological based energy production to create new products.   One major research area is utilizing the proteins remaining from the grain sorghum ethanol process for production innovation.
  • Research is expanding in controls and sensors for biological systems in nontraditional areas such as the military. Sensors are being evaluated to provide real time information on the impact on water quality of streams located in the vicinity of military training exercises. Other projects are focusing on minimizing soil erosion from critical traffic routes of military equipment.

What post graduate degrees are available in BAE?

The BAE Department at Kansas State University offers courses of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering. Ph.D. and M.S. students may specialize in:

  1. Environmental engineering,
  2. Bioprocessing engineering,
  3. Information and electrical technology,
  4. Machinery systems,
  5. Natural resource engineering, or
  6. Structure and environment.