Ryan Julien

Ryan  Julien
  • Ph.D. Student
  • College of Engineering
  • Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering


I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Biosystems Engineering Department at MSU, working with Dr. Jade Mitchell's research group. My research work is focused on the unintended consequences of green building practices - specifically on the effects reduced water consumption has on water age and water quality. I received my BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2009. I then joined the Biosystems Engineering Department at MSU and worked with Dr. Steve Safferman to attain my MS. I joined a consulting firm as an environmental engineer for nearly five years, where I primarily worked on gas and oil remediation projects. I also worked with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality preparing air permits for another year. I decided to come back to MSU to pursue my Ph.D. in order to have a stronger, more positive impact on the environment. I hope to use my education and experience to help improve human health and quality of life, especially for people whose well-being is often overlooked.