Biological Systems Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MS in Agricultural & Biological Systems Engineering (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
  • PhD in Biological Engineering (90 cr) with optional specialization:
    • Agricultural & Biological Systems Engineering
    • Environmental Studies
    • Water Resources Planning and Management
  • MS in Mechanized Systems Management (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
    • Water Resources Planning and Management
  • Minor in College STEM Education with any graduate degree program, subject to approval (apply to degree program, add minor after enrolling)
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Biological Engineering
  • Bioenergy
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Ecosystems Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanized Systems Management
  • Site-Specific Crop Management
  • Test Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Biological Systems Engineering

Graduate Chair
Dr. Jeyam Subbiah

Program Information
Ronica Stromberg

Campus Address
209 L.W. Chase Hall
Lincoln NE 68583-0730

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Application checklist and deadlines

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Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Biological Systems Engineering

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of interest

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, Nebraska's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Biological Systems Engineering
  • Rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed monthly.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.


The Department of Biological Systems Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in agricultural and biological systems engineering and mechanized systems management. The department also offers a Ph.D. in biological engineering with specialization options in water resources planning and management, water resources engineering, and environmental studies. The department also cooperates in Master of Science programs in environmental engineering and the unified Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.

Graduate study may be directed toward agricultural power and machinery systems, animal waste management, animal well-being, biomedical engineering, bioprocessing, computer applications, control systems, decision support systems, environmental engineering, food process engineering, geographic information systems, global positioning systems, ground and surface water management, irrigation system design, materials handling and processing systems, monitoring and controlling biological systems, plant environment, risk assessment, soil and water conservation, solid and hazardous waste management, water quality, and other areas of engineering science and design.

Students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment. These facilities include 15 laboratories in L. W. Chase Hall, Splinter Laboratories Building, and IAPC Pilot Plant. Field research sites in Nebraska include the Rogers Memorial Farm and Agricultural Research and Development Center in Lincoln; Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord, Nebraska; and Research and Extension Centers at North Platte and Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Together these facilities capture the wide range of climate, soil, and cropping systems that exist in the state.

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Faculty and research

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Viacheslav Adamchuk

Design and Analysis of Automated Systems for Mapping Soil Properties on-the-goAdjunct Faculty

Greg Bashford

Cerebral Hemodynamics and Emboli Detection during Pediatric Cardiac Surgery; Ultrasound Micromorphology Analysis of Achilles Tendon

Sohan Birla

Electromagnetic Energy Based Process Development using Computer Simulation Models; Novel Dehydration Process Development for Drying Fruits and Vegetables; Process Modeling and Optimization

Tami Brown-Brandl

Livestock EnvironmentAdjunct Faculty

Bruce Dvorak

Small System Drinking Water Issues; Applied Pollution Prevention

Dean Eisenhauer

Hydrologic and Irrigation Engineering; Infiltration; Overland and Vadose Zone Flow

Thomas Franti

Surface Water Quality Engineering; Surface Water Management

John Gilley

Soil and Water Conservation Engineering; Land Application of Manure; Surface Hydrology and Water QualityAdjunct Faculty

Derek Heeren

Variable Rate Irrigation; Deficit Irrigation Strategies; Solute Fate and Transport in Soil and Shallow Squifers

Roger Hoy

Machine Performance

Suat Irmak

Land and Water Resources Engineering

David Jones

Risk Assessment and Modeling

Deepak Keshwani

Bioenergy Systems; Bioprocess Modeling and Optimization; Biochemical Conversion of Cellulosic Biomass

Jennifer Keshwani

Biomedical Engineering; Biomaterials

Forrest Kievit

Developing nanoparticle-based delivery vehicles for transport into the brain for more effective brain cancer and brain injury treatments; Nanoparticle-mediated delivery of nucleic acids into brain tumors

Michael Kocher

Sensors and Controls

Richard Koelsch

Whole Farm Nutrient Management; Odor Control from Livestock Systems

William Kranz

Irrigation Engineering

Adam Liska

Biofuels; Life Cycle Assessment; Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Soil Carbon Modeling

Derrel Martin

Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering

Tiffany Messer

George Meyer

Machine Vision; Electrical Optical Sensors; Thermal and Spectral Analysis for Plant Detection, Identification, Enumeration, Physiological Properties and Stress Applied to Both Field and Greenhouse Site Specific Crop Management

Amy Millmier Schmidt

Livestock Manure Management; Fate and Transport of Environmental Contaminants

Aaron Mittelstet

Watershed Modeling; Surface/Ground Water Interaction; Water Quality; Streambank Erosion

Francisco Munoz-Arriola

Hydroinformatics; Integrated Hydrology; Water Resources; Hydrometeorological and Climate Forecast

Humeshkar Nemala

Bio-Medical Physics; Nanomagnets; Cancer Therapy and Targeted Drug Delivery

Angela Pannier

Tissue Engineering of Growth Plate Cartilage; Gene Delivery to hMSCs; Gene Delivery in General; DNA Vaccination Particles

Mark Riley

Bioprocess Engineering and Biosensors; Detection of Pathogens in Drinking Water; Lung Cell Spectroscopy

David Shelton

Soil and Water Conservation Engineering

Yeyin Shi

Data management in precision agriculture; Applications of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in agriculture; Crop abiotic and biotic stress sensing; High-throughput phenotyping

Richard Stowell

Animal Housing Systems; Odor and Gas Emissions; Heat Stress Abatement

Jeyamkondan Subbiah

Hyperspectral Imaging and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Systems; Food Engineering

Rebecca Wachs

The Role of Protein and Proteoglycan Fragmentation in Disease Progression; Creation of Novel Regenerative Neural Interfaces to Enable Long Term Interaction with Both Motor and Sensory Neurons

Lijun Wang

Food and Bioprocess Engineering

Curtis Weller

Food and Bioproducts Engineering; Value-Added Processing; Biopolymeric Films

Mark Wilkins

Bioprocess Engineering

Jeffrey Woldstad

Ergonomics; Occupational Biomechanics; Energy Systems

Wayne Woldt

Groundwater Engineering and Management; Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment; Odor Management

Bryan Woodbury

Livestock Waste Management

Yiqi Yang

Biomaterials; Biotextiles and Nanofibers; Polymer and Fiber Sciences; Textile Chemistry and Wet Processing

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