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About ChBE


  • To perform creative, cutting-edge research in areas of strategic and enduring importance to the department's educational mission and the profession.
  • To prepare students with fundamental knowledge, experience in state-of-the-art technologies, and professional skills (e.g. active learning, leadership, and teamwork) to enable them to solve complex chemical and biological engineering problems throughout their careers.
  • To foster in our graduates an enlightened societal awareness, a craving for life-long learning, a passion for exploring and practicing their profession, and an appreciation of its societal impacts.


We offer a rigorous education in the fundamentals of chemical and biological engineering in an environment that capitalizes on the technological resources of a world-class research university and the intellectual breadth of a top-ranked liberal arts college. Faculty and students tackle research problems in strategic areas that address national and global needs and contribute to the education of graduate and undergraduate students alike. Students develop active learning and leadership skills to effectively contribute to present and future technological challenges. Graduate and undergraduate students participate in innovative research projects that cut across disciplines and challenge their creativity.