Chair's Message

Abhaya K. Datye, CBE Chair

Welcome to the department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, the home of innovative research and education in the frontier areas of chemical and biological engineering.  Examples of our research include novel catalysts for fuel cells and biomass conversion, drug delivery for cancer treatment, understanding the origins of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, tissue engineering and microfluidics.  Our faculty are studying ways to make solar cells more efficient and to improve diagnostics through flow cytometry.  We provide outstanding education for both undergraduate and graduate students.  We emphasize excellence in teaching and our programs are continually revised to integrate our research into education.  For example, undergraduate students choose from concentrations such as Biomedical Engineering, Materials Processing, Environmental Engineering or Chemical Processing.  Graduate students can obtain their degree in chemical engineering or in the interdisciplinary programs such as Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering (NSMS) or Biomedical Engineering (BME).  Our faculty are actively involved in research centers such as the Center for Biomedical Engineering (CBME), the Center for Microengineered Materials (CMEM) Center for Emerging Energy Technologies (CEET) and the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM).  We pride ourselves in the accomplishments of our alumni who work in all sectors of our economy, in government, academia and in industry.  The CBE department is a leader in entrepreneurial activities with multiple spinoff companies, numerous patents and awards which have resulted from the research of our faculty. Read more about all of these facets of our department on this website.  Please come and visit our office in Farris Engineering to meet with our faculty, or come and attend our weekly seminars on Wednesdays at 4 PM to hear the latest research findings from around the world.