The Department of Bioenvironmental Engineering (BEE) was founded in Dec. 2003 and started recruiting in Aug. 2004 as a new CYCU academic unit, the first defining and establishing a new discipline fusing biological techniques into environmental engineering in Taiwan. Our department preparation director is Professor C. W. Zhong, and we have had four successive department directors since 2004, Professor C. W. Zhong, Professor C. H. Deng, Professor S. J. You and Y. F. Wang.
The mission of BEE is to advance the living quality of all people in Taiwan and around the world through research and training in environmental engineering. In academy, BEE and Civil Engineering jointly offer a curriculum to students interested in environmental issues. The innovative integrated bioenvironmental programs created by BEE reflect this emphasis on integrating molecular biotechnology and environmental engineering by system-oriented engineering analysis and synthesis approach. Our ultimate aim is to create “integrated engineers,” or students who excel in applied engineering and are qualified for solving global pressing environmental problems. The great diversity in BEE graduates’ careers proves that our students are good enough to be recruited by the environmental agencies, research center, consulting companies, and industries.
Until the school year of 2013, we have 233 students for all undergraduate-levels in Bachelor’s Program and our faculty consists of 9 full-time teachers, 6 internal supporting teachers, 12 part-time teachers and 3 staff. Among the 9 full-time teachers, we have 2 professors, 2 associate professors and 5 assistant professors with the ratio of student/faculty about 25.8 . The average age of our faculty is 36 years old. The research areas of our teachers include Water Processing, Air Pollution Control, Soil Remediation, Molecular Biotechnology, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Environmental Risk Assessment and all of whom apply and integrate into the courses which meets the educational goals of our department. Additionally, rich experiences of our teachers are qualified for teaching two tracks in our department: Environmental Engineering and Biological Engineering. We plan to recruit teachers specialized in Biological Safety, Ecological Changes, Biomass Energy, and other environmental relevant fields in the future.
The establishment of Graduate School enlarges our faculty to 11 teachers and hence we aim at leveling down the student/faculty ratio lower than 20 after the recruitment finishes. The ratio, in fact, is lower than the stipulated one by Ministry of Education. In this way our faculty is far able to deal with the curriculum the department offers. Therefore, our teachers could provide more counseling advice and assistance to promote students’ performance than those in departments with high student/faculty ratios.