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Vision, Educational Objectives, and Statistics


Vision and Goals
Faculty and Research
Degree Offerings and Accreditation
Undergraduate Program Statistics
Graduate Program Statistics
Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes



Our vision is to influence the chemical engineering profession through the development of graduates, research outcomes, and an educational approach that thoroughly integrates quantitative molecular design and nanoscale principles with the continuum and system-level foundations of the discipline.


  1. Establish a new chemical engineering curriculum that integrates quantitative molecular design and nanoscale principles so our graduates have unique tools to succeed in growing areas of technology and the economy.
  2. Recognize and promote research that successfully integrates molecular design and nanoscale principles with core chemical engineering competencies to foster departmental leadership in areas where the college/university/region has inherent advantages.
  3. Create a critical mass of influential and successful alumni (graduate and undergraduate).
  4. Become an internationally recognized leader for the integration of molecular design and nanoscale principles into the chemical engineering profession.

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Faculty and Faculty Productivity

  • 11 professors
  • 3 associate professors
  • 3 assistant professors
  • several joint, adjunct and affiliate professors with the School for Forest Resources and the departments of Bioengineering, Chemistry, Materials Science & Engineering, and Civil & Environmental Engineering, with CFR, BIOEN, CHEM, MICROM*
  • Several post-doctoral research associates
  • Faculty awards and honors
    • NAE Members (3)
    • AAAS Fellow (2)
    • 2010 Linford Award from the Electrochemical Society
    • 2010 AVS President
    • 2009 Acta Biomaterialia, Gold Medal
    • 2009 Gates Foundation Award
    • 2009 AiCHE "Top Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era"
    • ASEE: 2008 CACHE Award, Dow Lectureship Award
    • NSF: CAREER Award (2008)
    • Pritzger Distinguished Lectureship Award, BMES
    • Dreyfus Foundation Senior Mentor Award
    • William Hall Award, Society for Biomaterials
    • Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor

Research Areas

Education and Research Excellence

  • Ranked #22 in the 2010 US News Rankings of Graduate Schools
  • Currently developing new undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum emphasizing molecular and nanoscale phenomena
  • Intellectual property in the following areas
    • Electrochemical printing
    • Non-fouling biomaterials
    • Non-linear electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (NLEIS)
    • Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs)

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Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BS, ChemE) is the primary professional degree, preparing students  for work in electronics, chemicals and chemical processes, oil production, government, forest products, and other industries; the degree also prepares students for graduate study in Chemical Engineering PhD programs and professional programs in medical, law, or business schools.  The Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Program at UW is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MS, ChemE), non-thesis option, is an intermediate advanced degree intended primarily for students continuing on to a PhD degree.
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MS, ChemE), thesis option, is an intermediate advanced degree intended primarily for students not continuing on to a PhD degree.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering (PhD, ChemE) is the primary advanced degree, preparing individuals for independent and productive professional careers in industry, government, and academia.

Degrees Awarded (2012-13)

  • BS: 55
  • MS: 16
  • PhD: 11


The Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Program at UW offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, with or without a Degree Option in Nano and Molecular Engineering.  The Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Program at UW is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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Undergraduate Students (for academic year 2012-13)

  • 143 undergraduate students
  • 32% women
  • 4.9% underrepresented students



Graduate Students (for academic year 2012-13)

  • 89 graduate students
  • 26% women
  • 6.7% underrepresented students
  • Several students with external individual fellowships.
  • Many internal and external awards, including:
    • American Vacuum Society (AVS): Best Student Presentation (2), Graduate Research Award, Graduate Student Award
    • Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA): Student Technology Showcase, 1st place
    • Society for Biomaterials: Best Poster Award, Travel and Professional Development Award
    • UW Center for Nanotechnology: Science for Success

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Awards and Expenditures (FY09)

  • Grant and contract awards: $6,275,078
  • Total research expenditures (direct and indirect): $6,776,966
  • Federally supported: $6,235,482
  • Federal support by agency
    • National Science Foundation (NSF): 49.1%
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH): 23.9%
    • Department of Defense (DoD): 16.2%
    • Department of Energy (DoE): 10.3%
    • Other: 0.5%
  • State of Washington educational support: $2,021,534
  • See the Annual Report of Awards and Expenditures from the UW Office of Research for more information

Gifts and Endowments (FY10)

  • Gift support: $1,010,765
  • Endowment support: $347,568
  • Total endowment value (as of July 1, 2010): $11,890,494
  • Endowment distribution:
    • Undergraduate scholarships: 20.6%
    • Graduate fellowships: 21.4%
    • Chairs and professorships: 51.4%
    • Other: 6.6%
  • Major endowments (top 5)
    • Rehnberg Chair (John Berg and Hugh Hillhouse)
    • Matthaei Professorship (François Baneyx)
    • Benson Scholarship Endowment
    • Johnson Endowment
    • Thompson Fellowship Endowment
  • Available student support
    • Undergraduate tuition scholarships: 30 qtr/yr
    • Graduate tuition and stipend fellowships: 12 qtr/yr

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Program Educational Objectives

The UW undergraduate chemical engineering program seeks to provide a well-balanced education that prepares students for diverse careers, professional success, creative contributions, and responsible global citizenship. These goals are embodied in the educational objectives below.

Within 3-5 years of graduation, our alumni will:

  • Apply knowledge, tools, and skills learned during our program in their chosen professional career path.
  • Advance in a career as a chemical engineer in industry or government, and/or succeed in advanced graduate or professional training.
  • Contribute professionally to growing areas of technology and the economy.


Student Outcomes

We expect our students, by the time they graduate, to attain the following Student Outcomes:

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to:

(1) Molecular Properties and Collective Behavior

(2) Physical and Chemical Equilibria 

(3) Transport Phenomena

(4) Process Dynamics and Control

(5) Interfacial Phenomena 

b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

c. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems related to:

(1) Materials and Energy Balances

(2) Reaction Engineering

(3) Fluid Flow

(4) Heat Exchange

(5) Continuous and Staged Separations

(6) Molecular or nanoscale phenomena

(7) Process Hazards

f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

g. an ability to communicate effectively.

h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

j. a knowledge of contemporary issues.

k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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