Food, Energy and Water

Engineering Research: Food, Energy and Water

Some of the most important challenges facing humanity today surround the environmental impact we are having on the earth. The problem is complicated and multi-faceted. Our researchers focus on finding economically and environmentally sustainable solutions to many of the most important global issues of our time: the safety, security and abundance of our food, detection of pathogens, development of bioenergy and other sustainable energy systems, control of insect-borne disease and damage and the preservation of our land, air and water resources.

We are committed to using our role as a leader in the field of biological and agricultural engineering, as a developer of cutting edge science and technology and an educator of the next generation of scientists and engineers to build a better future. The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is part of two colleges within UC Davis; the College of Engineering and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This unique structure encourages a cross pollination of ideas leading to innovative solutions and allows us to offer multidisciplinary programs, integrating engineering and life sciences.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Maureen Kinyua

Dr. Maureen Kinyua, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Kinyua is interested in the interaction between biological, physical and chemical processes in engineered systems treating waste. Kinyua’s group focuses on biokinetics and process optimization to treat waste and recover resources. These efforts aim to understand the technical, environmental, economic and social aspects of wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion of fecal, livestock and food waste and recovery of high value material, water and nutrients. 

Learn more about Maureen Kinyua