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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 10, 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 ...

XPRISE Competition

November 1, 2021

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur who recently launched the first all-civilian mission into sp ...

Panel on Equity and Inclusion in Chemical Engineering

October 29, 2021

Please join us on October 29th at 4pm.   Zoom Link to register: https://rochester.zoo ...

Zero Cost Hero

October 28, 2021

Thursday's Hero: Andrew White  Andrew White, associate professor of chemical engineering, ...


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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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).

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Faculty News

Colleagues, students laud a model professor

As Jacob Jorne retires after 39 years at Rochester as a professor of chemical engineering, former students and colleagues share their accolades and fond memories—citing the important things he has accomplished as a researcher and mentor, but also the personal qualities that make him a joy to be around.

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Can electric cars help strengthen electrical grids?

Chemical engineering doctoral candidate Heta Gandhi and her advisor, assistant professor Andrew White, have developed a new computer model showing ways to sell surplus energy from electric vehicles to local grids.

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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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