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About SWBEC

SWBEC is a collaboration between the USU Biological Engineering Department and College of Engineering and the City of Logan Environmental Department. Using the facilities provided by each of these partners, SWBEC conducts research at both the microscopic and large scale levels.

The goal of SWBEC’s technologies is to convert wastes into bioproducts for municipalities and industries in Utah, the Intermountain West, and the nation. To address the needs of Utah municipalities, SWBEC aims to:

  • Develop new bio-based technologies that utilize wastes as a resource for sustainable reuse and recycle of nutrients
  • Meet current national standards for water quality
  • Produce waste-based bioproducts that include biofuels as sources of power and transportation, bioplastics, and other valuable products

SWBEC’s research improves technologies that address the management of wastewater and solid wastes in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.


SWBEC's Impacts

SWBEC’s projects benefit the economy, environment, and human health in a variety of ways.

Municipal Wastewater across the U.S.

Health Benefits

Variety of Bioproducts

National Energy Independence

Wastewater Treatment

Economic Benefits


SWBEC in USU's BE Magazine

SWBEC is featured in the Biological Engineering department's annual magazine. Check out our most recent advancements here!

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