A major objective of the graduate research and teaching program in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering is to instill “professionalism” in each student.  A professional is a person who can accept responsibility, can direct the efforts of other people, and is self-motivated.  A major difference between professional and non-professional employees is that a professional does not punch a time clock and will perform his/her job tasks with little regard for the amount of time required to complete the job.  A graduate student must depend upon his/her personal productivity and dedication to acquire the sense of pride and duty needed to succeed as a professional.  Graduate students are directly accountable to their major professor and work supervisor (if different from major professor) for their work habits.  Graduate students are treated as fellow professionals whose ideas, concepts, and approaches are an integral part of the projects in which they participate.