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Congrats to Our Fall TA Award Winners

December 14, 2021

The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award (UGTA) recognizes an undergraduate student whos ...

Congratulation to AIChE Poster Completion Winners!

December 2, 2021

Jeremy Rivkin '22 and Kareem Abdelmaqsoud '22 who were among the poster competition winners at ...

Hogan Wins STEP Ahead Award

November 29, 2021

Chemical engineering alumna Kayleigh Hogan ’12 (T5) has been selected as a recipient of the Wo ...

Colleagues, students laud a model professor

November 19, 2021

When Evan Granite ’94 PhD is asked by students how to select a PhD advisor, he tells them abou ...

Rhodes Scholar-Elect

November 16, 2021

Kudzai Mbinda from Harare, Zimbabwe, is among the 100 students worldwide chosen to begin graduate st ...


November 15, 2021

A wonderful example has occurred this summer and fall in Marc Porosoff introductorycourse, CHE ...

Can Electric Cars Help Strengthen Electrical Grids?

November 8, 2021

American homeowners with solar panels can sell the surplus electricity they generate back to their l ...

Sykes award illuminates next level of sustainable energy class

November 2, 2021

This fall, University of Rochester students in Marc Porosoff’s course CHE 150: Introduction to ...


Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester invites applications to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor rank with a scheduled start date on July 1, 2022.

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"Kendra Watson's 'absolutely fantastic' time at Rochester"

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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).

Marc Porosoff (standing) works with first-year students in his CHE 150: Introduction to Sustainable Energy class who are testing their solar hot water heaters on the Hajim Quad. (Photo by J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester)

Faculty News

Sykes award illuminates next level of sustainable energy class

This fall, University of Rochester students in Marc Porosoff’s course CHE 150: Introduction to Sustainable Energy have been keeping a close eye on the sky as they work in teams to design and build solar hot water heaters.

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Kudzai Mbinda '22.

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Kudzai Mbinda ’22 named Rhodes Scholar-Elect

The chemical engineering major from Harare, Zimbabwe, is Rochester’s second recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship in two years.

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UR Chem-E-Car

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



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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