Biosystems engineers identify and solve problems at the interface of biology and engineering. At MSU, biosystems engineering students can complete optional concentrations in:
- Bioenergy engineering
- Biomedical engineering
- Ecosystems engineering
- Food engineering
What do biosystems engineers do?
With a skill set encompassing biological sciences and engineering, biosystems engineers work on some of the most important challenges of our times. For example, biosystems engineers develop systems that convert biological waste products into energy and other valuable products. In the food industry, biosystems engineers design and manage manufacturing processes to ensure that your food is free from foodborne pathogens. Biosystems engineers also design constructed wetlands to protect aquatic ecosystems. In the biomedical field, biosystems engineers are working to improve methods for rapid detection of pathogens and disease diagnostics.
Where do biosystems engineers work?
Biosystems engineers are employed by a wide range of employers that need engineers with expertise in biological systems. The food industry is the largest manufacturing industry in the U.S., and a top employer of biosystems engineers. Environmental consulting firms and government agencies hire biosystems engineers, particularly to work in areas of ecosystems protection and water quality. The bioenergy industry is a rapidly growing sector, and biosystems engineers are employed both by small firms that design and build custom bioenergy systems and by major energy corporations. In the biomedical field, biosystems engineers are typically employed by pharmaceutical companies and companies that produce other health and medical related products. Additionally, some biosystems engineering graduates pursue post-graduate studies and careers in law and medicine.
Examples of recent employers hiring MSU biosystems engineers include:
- Abbott Laboratories
- Applied Soil Water Technologies
- ConAgra Foods
- General Mills
- Kraft Foods
- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
- Phase 3 Renewables
- Seneca BioEnergy
- Teramu Cardiovascular
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