The Simmons laboratory researches techniques for improving energy and water use efficiency in food processing and agriculture. Our work aims to improve energy and water sustainability while providing benefits to growers and food processors. Specifically, we investigate methods to liberate fermentable sugars from food processing waste biomass for liquid biofuel production in addition to direct bioconversion of waste biomass into biogas. Moreover, we study the effects of minimally-treated recycled food processing effluents on soil and crops. Our research initiatives are coupled with a strong drive to educate our upcoming scientists and engineers.