University of Wisconsin–Madison

Research

Biological Systems Engineering research looks to improve environmentally sustainable methods of producing the food, materials, and energy from our natural environment.  Some of our specialty areas include:

  • Engineering solutions for precision agriculture, processing technology and logistics for crop production; energy utilization and efficiency; dairy facilities operations and milking technologies; machine and remote sensing and the related agricultural data management systems to help producers be more productive while having lower environmental impact.
  • Research enhancing the quality of rural and natural environments including water quantity and quality and waste mitigation and utilization; surface water contamination and runoff both in rural and urban environments; management and utilization of manure and other bio-wastes in ways to effectively recycle valuable nutrients and capture carbon as a soil amendment or in methane production.
  • Engineering solutions for sustainable food production systems, food safety and security. Work in this area encompasses work including milking systems, food safety measured through bio-sensors and nanotechnology, development of low-cost storage and processing techniques for small scale agriculture and specialty crops.

Refer to the department’s Annual Summaries to read more details on our research programs.