Contact: Ronald Sims
Office: Biological Engineering Engr 402G
The Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center is a collaboration between the Biological Engineering Department, College of Engineering at Utah State University, and the Environmental Department, City of Logan, Utah. The Center will develop new bio-based sustainable engineering technologies that convert wastes into bioproducts for municipalities and industries in Utah, the intermountain west, and the nation.
The SBC is distributed across two colleges, Engineering and Science, four laboratories, and uses the inherent chemical machinery present in single-cell organisms, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic, to transform raw materials into usable low cost bio-products. The goal of the center are to adapt single-cell organisms through synthetic biology approaches and tools to become small solar or chemically powered factories, which may use CO2 as their primary carbon source, and that will secrete useful and natural biomaterials and energy. The center will also develop the downstream bioprocessing techniques necessary to collect, separate, purify, concentrate, and prepare the new biomaterials for commercial products.
Contact: Byard Wood
Office: ENRG 419
The Center is distributed across two colleges, Engineering and Science, and has three locations that include on-campus, Innovation Park, and the Logan Water Reclamation Facility. The Center addresses the utilization of algae, in single culture and mixed culture approaches that includes both enclosed and open pond systems, for the production of biofuels including biodiesel and biomethane. Both temporal (mixing) and spatial (fiber optic) distribution of light are evaluated with regard to productivity of biomass and lipid content.
Research activities include design, modeling, construction, monitoring, and testing of algal-based bioreactors that include suspended growth and biofilm architectures for biofuels. The Algae Test and Evaluation Facility is part of the Center.
Director: Judith L. Sims
Office: UWRL 243 or ENGR 402R
The Utah On-Site Wastewater Treatment Training Program was established in January 1998. The mission of the training program is to assist in the protection of public health by providing technology transfer, training, and information dissemination in on-site wastewater treatment to stakeholders in Utah and the surrounding region and by raising the level of public awareness and education in on-site wastewater treatment issues. The program also provides the classroom and field training that is required as part of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality mandatory certification program for on-site (septic system) site evaluators, designers, inspectors, and operators.
Director: Mac McKee
Office: UWRL 103 or ENGR 232
The Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) is a stand-alone facility located at Utah State University on the Logan River, Logan, Utah. The UWRL operates within an academic environment and collaborates with government and private sectors to address technical ans societal aspects of water-related issues, including quality, quantity, distribution, and conjunctive use. This is accomplished through providing more than 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory, computer, and office space.
Director: Kenneth L. White
The CIB is a focal point for life science activities at Utah State University. A multifaceted core facility at USU, the CIB is dedicated to agricultural and environmental biotechnology research. The Center's scientists and staff work together to further our core components: Research, a Core Service Lab Facility, Biotechnology Training and Student Education.