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Research with Impact

What makes ChBE one of the top research departments in the country?

Compare us to other depts nationwide

 • Highly-cited
     9 faculty with h-index > 40*
     6 faculty with h-index > 50*
 • 15th among all graduate programs**
 • 9th among public graduate
   programs**
 • 2nd in new grants per faculty***
 • 5th in total value of new grants
   per faculty***
 • 8th in Faculty Scholarly
   Productivity Index***
 • 10th in publications per faculty***
 • 10th in citations per faculty***
 • 10th in citations per paper***
 • 2013 research expenditures
   per faculty = $572K
 • Read about recent notable papers

Research Centers

 • Biorefining and biofuels (C2B2)
 • Renewable and sustainable
   energy (RASEI)
 • Pharmaceutical biotechnology
 • Membrane separations (MAST)
 • Photopolymerization
 • BioFrontiers Institute

Translation of research to industry

 • 13 successful start-up companies
   based on ChBE research
 • Read about recent notable patents

Award-winning faculty

 • 18/22 TTT faculty have won ≥1
   national research awards

Student excellence

 • Average incoming grad student
   for 2014-15:
     GPA=3.86/4.0
     Quant GRE=163/170
 • 14 NSF Graduate Fellows
 • 6 NIH Fellows
 • 24 alumni who are university
   professors

World-class facilities

 • ChBE's facilities built in 2012:
   Jennie Smoly Caruthers
   Biotechnology Building

* Based on Google Scholar data
** U.S. News & World Report (2017)
*** Chronicle of Higher Education (2011)

Teaching with Impact

Hrenya teaching

How does ChBE provide a first-rate education?
 
Highly ranked

 • Undergrad program ranked 20th
    by US News (2016)
 • Only undergrad ChemE program in
    Mountain Time Zone to make the list

Innovative teaching

 • Screencasts (over 10 million views)
 • ConcepTests and peer instruction
 • Interactive simulations
 • Thinking aloud pair problem solving
 • Flipped classrooms
 • Interactions with industry
 • In-class worksheets + recitations

Strong emphasis on undergrad research

 • 70% of ChBE undergrads
   participate
 • Indep Study, Senior Thesis,
   Discovery Learn, UROP

ChBE Mentor Programs

 • Peer Mentor Program
 • Alumni-Student Mentor Program

Special programs

 • Study Abroad
 • Honors Program
 • BS/MS program
 • Earn-Learn

Award-winning educators

 • 15/28 faculty have won ≥1
   teaching awards

Variety of options

 • 2 degrees
     • Chem Eng
     • Chem & Bio Eng
 • 4 options
     • Bioengineering
     • Energy
     • Materials
     • Environmental
 • Pre-med curriculum
 • Biomedical minor

Active student groups

 • AIChE, OXE, SWE, BMES, ISPE
    Energy Club

Outreach opportunities

 • Engineers Without Borders
 • Earth Explorers
 • AP Prep Tutoring Program
 • Many other high school
    outreach efforts


Kristi Anseth inducted into 2015 National Academy of Inventors

Professor Kristi Anseth has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow, a distinction recognizing academic inventors whose innovations make a tangible impact on society.

Len Gemmill

Long-time CU and department supporter Leonard (Len) H. Gemmill (ChemEngr '41) passed away peacefully earlier this month, five days before his 97th birthday.

Lauren Miremont

Congratulations to Lauren Miremont, the April 2016 CEAS Employee of the Month!

Since joining the department as its Financial Manager in 2014, Lauren has become instrumental in providing award, budgeting and expenditures support.

Ben Grote

The department is proud to recognize senior Ben Grote of Littleton, winner of the 2016 Donald Mackison Student Writing Award. The award includes a $1,000 prize and recognition at an upcoming ceremony.

Chem-E-Car

Congratulations to the CU Chem-E-Car Team, who won 2nd in this year's regional Chem-E-Car Poster Competition and 4th in the Chem-E-Car Competition.

2016 NSF Honorable Mentions - Coan, Coscia, Falatach, McGrath

Congratulations to graduate students Patrick Coan, Benjamin Coscia, Rebecca Falatach, and Mike McGrath for being awarded 2016 NSF Honorable Mentions.

Frozen Dead Guy contest winners

A group of ChBE grad students are victors of a most unusual competition: the 2016 Coffin Races at Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland.

Nicholas Sandoval

Congratulations to ChBE alumnus Nicholas Sandoval, who has accepted a position as assistant professor in Tulane’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Nich earned his B.S.

JSCBB with Flatirons in background

In the 2017 US News & World Report graduate program rankings published this week, ChBE moved up to 15th place. This is an improvement over last year's ranking of 16th.

  • Tues, Apr 5 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A115
    Dr. Carson J. Bruns
    , University of California, Berkeley
    Harnessing Self-Assembly in the Design of Plastic Solar Cells and Nanomachines
     
  • Tues, Apr 12 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A115
    Professor Tobias Hanrath,
    Cornell University
    Pushing the limits of colloidal quantum dots – charge localization in atomically coherent quantum dot solids and scalable quantum dot synthesis via process intensification

  • Thurs-Fri, Apr 21-22 - Chevron Mock Interviews - Sign up at the BOLD Center
     
  • Fri, April 29 - ChBE Awards Ceremony - 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. in JSCBB A115
     
  • Fri, May 6 - ChBE Graduation Reception - 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Millennium Harvest House
    RSVP by Friday, April 22 by completing this form.
     
  • Tues, Oct 25 - 2016 Patten Distinguished Lecture
    Professor Paula Hammond, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
     

More alumni events >


Kristi Anseth inducted into 2015 National Academy of Inventors

Professor Kristi Anseth has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow, a distinction recognizing academic inventors whose innovations make a tangible impact on society.

Christine Hrenya

ChBE Professor Christine Hrenya and co-PI Thomas Hauser of research computing received an 18-month award of $686K from the Department of Energy for “AOI [4B] MFIX DEM Enhancement for Industry-Relevant Flows.”

Hendrik Heinz

For experimental and modeling studies of new commercial organic additive for the grinding of inorganic solids, ChBE Professor Hendrik Heinz and his colleagues recently rece

Professor Christine Hrenya has been appointed an Associate Editor of the AIChE Journal.

Al Weimer

As recognition of his transformational contributions to the production of renewable/ sustainable hydrogen by splitting water using concentrated sunlight, Professor Al Weimer

Will Medlin

The 2015 Dean’s Outstanding Research Award, based on excellence in research as assessed by annual evaluations, was bestowed upon Associate Professor Will Medlin

Jennifer Cha

Norviel Associate Professor Jennifer Cha has been honored as a 2015 Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award winner.

Alan Weimer

Professor Alan Weimer has received the 2015 AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum (NSEF) Award for his innovative nanoengineering work.

John Falconer

Professor John Falconer is the recipient of the 2015 Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education.

Ben Grote

The department is proud to recognize senior Ben Grote of Littleton, winner of the 2016 Donald Mackison Student Writing Award. The award includes a $1,000 prize and recognition at an upcoming ceremony.

2016 NSF Honorable Mentions - Coan, Coscia, Falatach, McGrath

Congratulations to graduate students Patrick Coan, Benjamin Coscia, Rebecca Falatach, and Mike McGrath for being awarded 2016 NSF Honorable Mentions.

Keesha Erickson

PhD candidate Keesha Erickson won a competitive 2016 Dean’s Graduate Student Research Grant Award for her proposal, “Discovery of novel drug

Jace Blackburn

The winner of the Genentech Outstanding Student Award is CBEN junior Jace Blackburn.

Vanessa Witte

Vanessa Witte was awarded 3rd place in the 2015 Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City last week.

Tariq Jamil

PhD student Tariq Jamil received a travel grant from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) to present multiple talks at the fall 2015 Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Andrew Weidner

Senior chemical engineering student Andrew Weidner was the recipient of a prestigious Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award

Brady Worrell

Postdoctoral Research Associate Brady Worrell has received a prestigious Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award.

Congratulations to all the honorees at the 2015 ChBE Awards Banquet!

Undergraduate Student Awards

Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence (CHEN)

Glenn Hafenstine

The Ryland Graduate Fellowship was recently awarded to graduate student Glenn Hafenstine to continue his research on catalytic upgrading of cellular products into high value hydrocarbons.