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Exploring biotechnology and nanotechnology

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Developing new chemicals and consumer goods

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Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in chemical engineering.

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Graduate Studies

Applying biological, chemical, and physical principles to society’s grand challenges.

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CHE Research

Research includes advanced materials
catalysis,  batteries,  biological & medical
systemstheory & simulationcomputational
fluid dynamicsfunctional interfaces and 
optical materials.  Check faculty's research videos.

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Recent News

Professor Andrew White Receives NIH Grant

September 15, 2020

Prof. White received a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH). The project is titled "Lea ...

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Statement of Social Injustice

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Wellawatte’s simulations may aid search for COVID-19 vaccines, treatments

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2020 ChemE Car

May 11, 2020

Even with this year’s team not knowing if they would be able to attend the AIChE ChemE Car com ...


The Department of Chemical Engineering is sponsoring a panel discussion at 4 p.m. this Friday on equity and inclusion in that field, featuring four of its alumni–Genevieve McSpaden ’13 ’14MS, John Ofori ’96PhD, Mary Fromm ’86 ’07MBA, and Chantel Gaudet ’14 ’15MS– along with John Barker ’09PhD, AS&E senior associate dean of faculty. Register here for what promises to be an interesting discussion. You can submit questions for the panelists here.

Eisenberg Fellows Research Presentations 

Stick around for research presentations by five of the department’s undergraduate Eisenberg Fellow immediately after the panel discussion.
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 Call for Nominations
2021 Young Alumni Achievement Award

Alumni are invited and encouraged to suggest candidates for next year’s award which will be presented during 2021 Meliora Weekend.

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Two Post Doctoral Positions Openings

Post-Doctoral Associate in iCVD Research - The Tenhaeff Group with Professor Wyatt Tenhaeff

Post-Doctoral Research in Molecular Simulations - The White Lab with Professor Andrew White



Our chemical engineering graduate program is ranked 22nd in the nation based on student ratings.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering will typically earn slightly over $2 million during their working life, the highest of 80 college majors sampled.

Professor Ching Tang was named one of Thomson Reuters’ 26 Citation Laureates in 2014 for his role in inventing the organic light-emitting diode (OLED).

Feature Video

Chem-E-Car team shares its latest vehicle, built from scratch, powered by chemical reactions.

Chemical engineering major Muhammad Miqdad.

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Finding the ‘missing piece’ in social entrepreneurship

Muhammad Miqdad is graduating with a degree in chemical engineering, but his four years at Rochester are leading him to a future focused on connecting the dots between technology, business, and social good.

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of the 226 undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Chemical Engineering in fall 2014 were female.

8out of over 100

In a 2011 survey, the National Research Council ranked the University of Rochester’s chemical engineering program eighth in the country.

Why CHE?

Our faculty and students conduct research at the forefront of modern chemical engineering. We specialize in applying materials science to tackle grand challenges facing society in the areas of clean energy, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

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