Learn about bioenergy and biofuel principles as you develop equipment and methods for efficient and environmentally sound production. Engineers in this option study microbiology, biochemical engineering, heat and mass transfer, storage of biological products, materials handling, and unit processes.
Our graduates are problem solvers in the bioenergy industry.
Courses in math, chemistry and biology prepare you to study advanced bioenergy engineering. Much of your education takes place in labs, where you will:
- Make discoveries about renewable energy in the biodiesel and biofuel labs.
- Experiment with cold flow issues, storage stability and nitrogen oxide emissions.
- Evaluate engine warranty information.
- Design new processes for novel bioenergy feedstocks.
In your senior year, you’ll draw on everything you have learned to solve a problem for an industry sponsor. Working in a team, you might transform used French fry cooking oil into biodiesel for the J. R. Simplot Company, or design a sensor for fuel quality control. Present your findings at the University of Idaho Engineering Expo where future employers judge student projects.
Students are encouraged to complete an internship the summer between their junior and senior year. Many conduct research with professors in biological and agricultural engineering.