ECU students work to produce new treatments with bioprocess engineering.
Bioprocess engineering is known by many names: biochemical engineering, biotechnology engineering and even biotechnical engineering.
Whatever the name, it's referring to the process of using biologic materials to develop new process, products and by-products.
Ironically, with all of the cutting edge technology deployed in the field today, bioprocess engineering has been around for thousands of years.
It was obvious to anyone that John Sheppard wanted to be an engineer when he built himself an original Mini Cooper at age 15 from junkyard pieces. But he loved biology too—the ways biological systems work together. Add those proclivities to a long and successful career and you end up with a professor of brewing at North Carolina State University.
Bioprocess Engineering: a conglomerate of mathematics, biology and industrial design, and includes the design and study of fermentors.