The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has a long tradition of excellence in education and research. Our goal is to prepare our students with the necessary skills so that they can contribute to a highly technical global society. The department’s recent name change to the “Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering” reflects the increasing role that the biological sciences are having in the evolution of the profession. Commercial products targeting human health care are becoming available as a result of the unique contributions of chemical engineers in the expanding biotechnology industry, particularly in the areas of bioprocessing, biocatalysis, metabolic engineering, gene therapy, cell and tissue engineering, drug design, discovery and delivery, functional genomics and proteomics. A sample list of study areas within our department chemical and biomolecular engineering can be found under the link for Areas of Study.
The philosophy of the faculty is to provide a strong theoretical foundation supported by practical applications of that knowledge. Recent graduates are employed in variety of industries: polymer (35%), process instrumentation and control (25%), environmental (10%), and biotech or other areas (30%). A significant number of our graduates also hold a managerial position or higher in the chemical industry. This clearly demonstrates that our students’ successes are reflected in their career growth.
The department has 17 faculty members and is searching for four more positions. Our faculty members have been frequently recognized for their excellence in research and teaching scholarship. A list of the ongoing research topics can be found on our Research page.