Lab Meeting Times Spring 2019
The SWBEC research group meetings will be on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at Utah State University in the Engineering building in room 406 for the Spring 2019 semester.
Student wins the “Earth Champions Contest” Video Contest
Biological Engineering student video of capstone design project won the “Earth Champions Contest” sponsored by the Resources for Future Generations (RFG)
Battle of the Blooms
Harmful algal blooms or HABs for short are a growing problem in the United States and many parts of the world. We’re working on solutions to contain HABs and stop them from spreading. We're doing this by identifying likely outbreaks before they spread an...
SWBEC Student co-authors a publication
SWBEC Student Tyler Marlar is co-author on the refereed publication "Effects of materials surface preparation for use in spacecraft potable water storage tanks," as part of his summer 2016 internship experience with NASA at the Johnson Space Center.
Project on Bioenergy linked to Wastewater Treatment Selected for Funding by USTAR
The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative has awarded the team consisting of Utah State University, WesTech-Inc., and the Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility a project titled “Bioenergy and Waste Reduction from Municipal Reclaimed Water” u...
PhD Student Anna Doloman wins GRCO grant
Biological Engineering Doctoral candidate Anna Doloman has earned a Graduate Research and Creative Opportunity (GRCO) Grant for the 2017-2018 year.
BE Capstone Design students sample Scofield Reservoir: Harmful Algal Blooms
Identifying, harvesting, and treating harmful algae blooms (HABs) is the ultimate goal of the BE Capstone Design team for 2017.
Nathan Guymon, Junior and SWBEC member awarded URCO project for 2017-2018
Nathan Guymon, a junior in the Biological Engineering department's Undergradaute program and member of SWBEC has been awarded an URCO grant by the USU Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
SWBEC Research and Development Ventures Receives Media coverage in "Utah Business Magazine"
The article highlights the research and development regarding treatment of fracking wastewater that the Sustainable Waste to Bioproducts Engineering Center at USU has spearheaded and continues to develop. Quotation of Ron Sims, SWBEC Co-Director...
Students are the Engine of SWBEC
More than 10 projects for 2017 include 20 students total with 6 graduate students and 14 undergraduate students. Graduate students include 2 PhD and 4 MS students.
Abstract of the Week: Cyanobacterial Treatment of Produced Water Under Heterotrophic Conditions
Produced water, which is wastewater from fracing or natural gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing, presents a challenge for management because of the large volumes and associated contaminants.
Abstract of the Week: Microalgae Treat Municipal Wastewater with High Ammonia Concentration
High ammonia concentrations that can be present in the filtrate of biosolids from anaerobic digesters may present a challenge for treatment by microalgae due to toxicity and high ammonia loading.
Abstract of the Week: Treatment of Petroleum Refinery Wastewater in Up-flow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor
This research project addresses the challenge of petroleum refinery wastewater (PRW) treatment under anaerobic conditions.
Abstract of the Week: Psychrophilic Microalgae for Wastewater Treatment and Nutrient Recycling in Cold Weather
Wastewater treatment is an important topic right now in Utah as regulations concerning stricter removal of nutrients including nitrogen and phosphorus are being enforced.
Abstract of the Week: Nutrient Recycling into Microalgae Biomass for Processing into Feed and Fertilizer for Dairy Wastewater by Zak Fica
Dairy wastewater can serve as a nutrient source for the production of algal biomass that can be used as a feedstock for downstream processing into bioproducts that we are producing and investigating, including feed-in aquaculture and agriculture (dairy ca...
SWBEC Undergraduate Student Award of Excellence
Mr. Alan Hodges received the 2016 Undergraduate Student Award of Excellence on July 28 from the Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC).
Abstract of the Week: Microalgae Lipid and Protein Isolation Process (LPIP) using Wastewater Cultivated Microalgae
Human dependencies on fossil fuels from fracing and drilling of limited resources and on protein from agriculture has become major concern that has motivated research with the objective to decrease these dependencies.
Abstract of the Week: ABO Summit
Utah’s hydraulic fracturing industry produces large quantities of wastewater, also known as produced water.
Growing Algae in Produced Water
Biological Engineering Team Leads New Study on Growing Algae in Produced Water