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About Ronald Sims

Ronald Sims is Professor and Head of the Biological Engineering Department. Dr. Sims teaches graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in biochemical engineering, biophotonics, and downstream processes. His research has been described in over 100 refereed publications including journal articles, books, and U.S. Government reports. He is a member of the Executive Committees for the Synthetic Biomanufacturing Center and the Biofuels Center. Within these Centers he currently is leading a biofuels team in the development of algal-based processes and technologies for large-scale open pond, lagoon, and raceway engineered systems, and in the collaborative development of microbial engineered systems for bioplastics production based on synthetic biological engineering. Dr. Sims has worked previously for Mobay Chemical Corporation, for Research Triangle Institute (North Carolina), and for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Sims is a recipient of the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology.


Present Department Head, Utah State University Biological Engineering
Present Professor, Utah State University Huntsman Environmental Reseach Center

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2007 - Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Utah Water Quality Board Recognition
  • 2005 - American Water Resources Association, Utah Chapter
  • 2003 - Major advisor for National Winner (Kevin Hall) for Posters on the Hill (Washington, DC)
  • 2002 - Phi Kappa Phi, Faculty Induction, Utah State University
  • 1998 - Plenary Speaker, U.S. EPA Regions 7&8 Hazardous Substance Research Center 13th Annual Meeting
  • 1995 - Karen Morehouse Best Research Paper Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center
  • 1993 - Utah Governor's Medal for Science and Technology, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 1993 - Invited Speaker, Ritchey Science Lecture Series, Weber State University, Ogden, UT
  • 1990 - Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) Award from the A&WMA Critical Review Committee: Presentation of the 1990 Critical Review, "Soil Remediation Techniques at Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites," published in the Society Journal and presented at the 1990 National Meeting of the AWMA
  • 1989 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognition for contributions as a visiting engineer (1989) Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory, Ada, OK
  • 1987 - Outstanding Researcher Award, College of Engineering, Utah State University
  • 1990-1995 - Awards from Union Carbide Corporation, Research and Development Department, for recognition and continued support of excellence in research in the area of polyaromatic hydrocarbon degradation and transport in soil
  • 1986 - American Water Works Association Certificate of Recognition for serving as Major Advisor to 1985 National Academic Achievement Award Recipient for Outstanding Research in the Water Treatment Field
  • 1981 - Alpha Epsilon (Agricultural Engineering Honorary Society)
  • 1981 - Gamma Sigma Delta (Agriculture Honorary Society)
  • 1973 - Certificate of Recognition from UNC-Chapel Hill for Leadership (as Director) of International Programs in Environmental Aspects of Industrial Development
  • 1972 - Sigma Xi (Research Honorary Society)
  • 1972 - Delta Omega (Public Health Honorary Society)
  • 1972 - Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 1972 - Environmental Protection Agency Traineeship Award, 5T2-WP-173-03, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC1971-1972

Contact Information

Mail Address:
Biological Engineering Department
Utah State University
4105 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4105
(435) 797-3156
(435) 797-1248
Lab Contact Info:
SER 113 and 117
(435) 797-4008


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