Michael Timmons

Biological Engineering


Mike Timmons is a Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. His program is centered on entrepreneurial-driven enterprise. He provides a foundation of information related to the production of aquacultured products, both fresh and saltwater, with an emphasis on sustainable and environmentally friendly engineering technologies.

Research Focus

Professor Timmons provides engineering input and perspective on responsible aquaculture development with an emphasis on business management and formation.

Outreach and Extension Focus

He works with private industry to improve technology of water recirculating systems for producing fin and shellfish. Each year for the last 15 years, he conducts a 1-week long short course on the principles of recirculating aquaculture.

Professor Timmons strives to create an interactive atmosphere for students to be inspired and engaged with the basic principles being covered in each of his courses.

His course list includes: BEE 4010 Renewable Energy Systems, BEE 4350 Principles of Aquaculture, BEE 4890 Entrepreneurial Management for Engineers, BEE 5330 Engineering Professionalism, and BEE 5400 Engineering Ethics and Professional Practice.

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Awards and Honors

  • Meritorious Service Award (2010) Aquacultural Engineering Society
  • J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise (2 year term) (2003) Cornell University

Selected Publications

Journal Publications


  • Timmons, M. B., Weiss, R. L., Callister, J. R., Loucks, D. P., & Timmons, J. E. (2013). The Entrepreneurial Engineer-How to Create Value from Ideas. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY.
  • Timmons, M. B., & Ebeling, J. M. (2013). Recirculating Aquaculture. p. 805 Ithaca Publishing Company, Ithaca, NY.

Presentations and Activities

  • RASPONICS: A new approach to combining RAS fish culture with hydroponics. Aquaculture 2013. February 2013. World Aquaculture Society. Nashville, TN.