Intermountain Biological Engineering Conference

Intermountain Biological Engineering Conference

Biological Engineering Impact on Public Health

Join us October 30th & 31st for a two-day Conference, Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 and Saturday Morning 8:30-to Noon. The events will have presentations, a poster competition, industry mentorship, and more! The event is virtual taking place through Utah State University and will provide opportunities for students, professors, and industry professionals to be involved.

Keynote Speakers:

Government Agency
Jeff Ostermiller –UDEQ
Jason Brown –Thermo Fisher Scientific
Abraham Verdoes –ELITech Group
Kirsten Sims –WesTech
Brad Hansen –WesTech

Kirsten Sims

Kirsten Sims is a Biological Process Engineer at WesTech Engineering with 10 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment. Kirsten received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Gonzaga University, a Master’s Degree in Biological Engineering from Utah State University, and an MBA from Utah State University. She is also a licensed patent agent, registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. She currently serves as a Biological Process Engineer at WesTech Engineering. Her current focus is on research and development of innovative technologies for implementation in water and wastewater treatment that meet the needs of communities in an increasingly water-stressed world.

Kirsten Sims

Jason Brown

Jason D. Brown received his MS in Biological Engineering from Utah State University. He is currently a design engineer at Thermo Fisher Scientific since 2012. His background is in fermentation media optimization, contract microbial pilot-scale bio-manufacturing, and single-use bioprocess development. He continues to collaborate with customers to move single-use products into their new and existing processes. His ongoing work is to further develop single-use products to meet the needs of upstream and downstream bioprocessing. Jason is an avid skier and hiker from Logan Utah.

Jason Brown

Abraham Verdoes
BioEngineering Manager at ELITechGroup

Abraham's background is in organic chemistry and method development. He has worked in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and high-tech industries for a decade. Currently the BioEngineering manager at ELITechGroup, he works in medical device instrument and reagent development.

Abraham Verdoes

Brad Hansen

Brad Hansen received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the University of Utah. He also received his professional engineering (PE) license in 2006. Brad has been in the solids/separation product manufacturing business for over 20 years. He has held a wide range of positions with a current role of Unit Leader over headworks, digestion, and biological groups.

Brad holds several patents with one currently filed for enhanced phosphorus removal. His career has focused on water, wastewater, and industrial products. Examples include, solids contact clarifiers, water sludge collections systems, magnetized ion exchange, membrane bioreactors, digestion, and activated sludge technologies.

Brad is an active participant in the Utah State Biological Engineering advisory board.

Brad Hansen

Jeff Ostermiller
Senior Scientist, Utah Division of Water Quality

Over his 15 year tenure as a senior scientist and program manager for Utah’s Division of Water Quality, Jeff has overseen a wide range of water quality initiatives primarily related to monitoring, assessment, and water quality standards. Over the past several years his principle role has been the development and implementation of initiatives to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in Utah’s streams and lakes. Since March, he has been working as a project manager on the SARS-CoV-2 wastewater monitoring effort.

Jeff Ostermiller


Utah State University Biological Engineering Department.

Thank You to Our Judges

Dr. Chih-Hu Ho Fresenius Medical Care
Dr. Dustin Mc Ewen GE Healthcare
Dr. Christopher Fox Infectious Disease Research Institute
Dr. Andrew Nelson Quansys Biosciences
Mr. ChesLee Call Quansys Biosciences
Mr. Brad Hansen WesTech