Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building

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Looking west from the Caruthers Biotech Building toward the main campus

A Chemical and Biological Engineering Center is part of the new Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, opened in spring 2012 on CU-Boulder's East Campus. Our Chemical and Biological Engineering Department has seen explosive enrollment growth and therefore the need to move to updated facilities.

Department Grows in Size and Stature

Over the past five years, ChBE has seen tremendous growth and excellence in teaching and research:

  • More than 65 percent growth in undergraduate enrollment
  • Nearly 30 percent growth in tenured and tenure-track faculty
  • More than 75 percent growth in research expenditures
  • Fourth-highest impact among U.S. universities in research citations
  • National awards held by 15 faculty, including 7 AIChE institute awards

But there is no more room to grow in the current Engineering Center, now more than 45 years old and suffering from inadequacies such as five students sharing a hood intended for no more than two. Greatly expanded, modern facilities are needed now for cutting-edge chemical and biological technologies and to foster new collaborations between science and engineering.

Building on CU's Record of Excellence

CU-Boulder's long record of excellence in the areas of biotechnology, chemical and biological engineering, and biochemistry has set the stage for this state-of-the-art research and teaching facility, which is expected to lead to even faster discoveries and greater impact in these life-changing fields.

The facility houses 60 faculty and more than 1,000 students and research and support staff working on advancements ranging from renewable fuels to improved vaccines, tissue engineering, and other projects with significant potential to improve human health and well-being. For example:

Repairing knee cartilage — Distinguished Professor Kristi Anseth is a pioneer in the area of tissue engineering, developing promising techniques for healing injured cartilage, mending broken bones, and even repairing defective heart valves. She has been honored by AIChE as one of the top 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era and has been elected as one of the youngest members of the National Academy of Engineering.

Converting agricultural wastes to liquid fuels using the sun's energy — Professor Alan Weimer's 16 years of industry leadership inform his work on solar-thermal reaction processes—and his role as executive director of the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels, whose partner universities, companies, and federal labs develop sustainable energy resources and technology.

Creating vaccines for malaria and other therapeutic drugs with global impact — Professor Ted Randolph partners with the School of Pharmacy to improve the storage and effectiveness of protein-based drugs that treat diseases such as cancer. He co-founded Barofold, Inc., honored as the Bioscience Company of the Year by the CU Technology Transfer Office.

The Time is Now

Your support will ensure that these and other major advancements continue by providing the facilities for our faculty and students to carry out their research. All other departments and programs in engineering will benefit from increased space with the relocation of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. Join us in this very important mission.


Anne Shoup
Assistant Dean for Advancement
College of Engineering and Applied Science
422 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0422

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