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A rendered image of DNA strands

Wed, 10/25/2023 |

Making bacteria work smarter

Chemical engineers are harnessing genetic engineering tools to rewire biological systems.

ChemE undergraduate Sofia Dahlgren in the lab

Mon, 10/16/2023 | UW College of Engineering

Showcasing student research


Wed, 10/11/2023

Illuminating new depths of biomedical treatments

By using colored light, UW researchers can now manipulate biomaterials deeper inside native tissue than ever before. 

2023 Membrion Industry Capstone

Mon, 09/25/2023

Acid, ions and industry experience

The UW College of Engineering’s Industry Capstone Program brings engineering seniors and industry partners together.

zach sherman

Thu, 09/07/2023

Meet our new faculty

Zachary Sherman has joined ChemE as assistant professor.

john berg

Mon, 07/03/2023 | UW Magazine

2023 Distinguished Teaching Legacy Award

John C. Berg, a beloved professor of chemical engineering, receives this year's honor.

Associate professor Elizabeth Nance

Tue, 06/13/2023 | AIChE

Nance is Named Editor-in-Chief of Bioengineering & Translational Medicine Journal

ChemE associate Professor Elizabeth Nance has been selected as the new editor-in-chief of Bioengineering & Translational Medicine Journal

clean energy testbeds research

Thu, 05/25/2023 | UW News

UW's Clean Energy Testbeds integral to Washington's clean energy future

UW Clean Energy Institute Director and Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering Daniel Schwartz is part of the team leading Washington's clean energy revolution.

Associate professor James Carothers

Tue, 05/16/2023 | UW College of Engineering

James Carothers to serve as interim chair of Chemical Engineering

Associate Professor James Carothers has been appointed interim chair of the department of Chemical Engineering

three students studying together outside on the UW campus

Thu, 02/09/2023 | AIChE's CEP Magazine

Effective DEI practices for chemical engineering departments

UW ChemE's holistic approach was highlighted at a national conference for academic leaders developing best practices for equity and inclusion

ASEE diversity award bronze badge

Mon, 01/30/2023 | UW College of Engineering

UW COE a national leader in inclusive excellence

The College of Engineering has been recognized as a leader in inclusive excellence by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

industry event panelists

Wed, 12/07/2022

WChE 6th Annual Industry Event

Department alumni shared with current students valuable insights into preparing for and navigating the many career paths available to ChemE’s

solar panels floating on water

Mon, 12/05/2022

Champions of Sustainability

Working at the nanoscale up to the systems level, UW chemical engineers are focused on speeding the adoption of renewable power, slashing energy demands of industrial processes, and so much more

julie rorrer and alex prybutok

Thu, 12/01/2022

Meet our new faculty

Julie Rorrer and Alex Prybutok join UW ChemE in the 2022-23 academic year

the dahlgrens with john berg and jim pfaendtner

Thu, 12/01/2022

Passion for engineering excellence is all in the family

Dahlgren father and son alumni establish new endowment in chemical engineering

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Wed, 11/09/2022 | Innovator Insights

Finding a path in ChemE

Professor Alex Prybutok discusses the versatility of a ChemE degree and shares how she found her passion for equity and accessibility in engineering education


Mon, 10/17/2022

Introducing CSSAS 2.0

Center focused on bio-inspired materials synthesis enters new phase of research

Brent Nannenga

Thu, 10/06/2022

2022 Early Career Impact Award

Brent Nannenga (Ph.D. '11) is an emerging leader in protein engineering and structural biology, and an expert in cryo-electron microscopy techniques

illustration: modifying microbe genomes to upcycle co2

Tue, 09/13/2022

Retooling microbes to upcycle CO2

An interdisciplinary, UW-led team of synthetic biologists will embark on a 5-year, $15 million project to engineer microbial genomes that transform CO2 into high-value chemicals.

Renyu Zheng

Wed, 09/07/2022 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Renyu Zheng wins Peptoid Summit presentation award

Graduate student Zheng presented work on the design of a simple peptoid capable of self-assembly into highly ordered helical fibers

Kirk A. Nass headshot

Thu, 08/11/2022

2022 Moulton Distinguished Alumnus

Kirk A. Nass (Ph.D. ’89) is honored for his work in polymer science and advocacy for equal rights at Chevron 

washington state academy of sciences logo

Fri, 07/15/2022 | UW News

Jim Pfaendtner elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Pfaendtner is recognized “for pioneering contributions that advanced the frontiers of molecular simulation, impacting the prediction of enzyme activity in ionic liquids, peptide interactions with surfaces and molecular design.”

dean allbritton, isaiah lemmon, jim pfaendtner

Tue, 07/05/2022 | UW Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Isaiah Lemmon is a 2022 UW Engineering Dean's Medalist

Lemmon, a ChemE–computer science double major, has a passion for programming and clean energy

thomas madden

Fri, 06/10/2022 | UW Clean Energy Institute

Madden joins Clean Energy Testbeds as Entrepreneur-in-Residence

ChemE affiliate professor Thomas Madden (Ph.D. '01) will mentor entrepreneurs and advise early-stage, climate tech startups at UW's open-access facility for developing clean energy technology

molecular engineering students in the lab

Tue, 05/17/2022 | UW Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute

Unlocking biotechnology with RNA

Two recent molecular engineering alums, advised by ChemE professor James Carothers, have launched a startup to engineer 'smart' RNA to solve complex problems