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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

Sydney Floryanzia

Tue, 04/19/2022 | AIChE CEP

Breaking down the blood-brain barrier

Ph.D. student Sydney Floryanzia is developing drug delivery methods to cross the blood-brain barrier. Inspired by music, great mentors, and the complexities of the brain, she's loving the work she does every day.

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Wed, 04/13/2022 | UW News

UW graduate and professional disciplines again place high in US News’ best graduate school rankings

ChemE's graduate program ranks 20th in chemical engineering, according to U.S. News & World Report

star-shaped gold nanoparticles

Tue, 03/29/2022

Researchers create a sea of nano-sized gold stars

Precise construction is possible with predictive materials science

winning inSTENT Connection team with big check

Fri, 03/11/2022 | UW Foster School of Business

ChemE seniors part of winning health innovation team

Evan Ross and Jimmy Ye were part of team inSTENT Connection, which won the $15,000 grand prize in the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

professor elizabeth nance

Thu, 03/10/2022 | UW Bioengineering

Elizabeth Nance joins BioE core faculty

Nance's research lies at the intersection of engineering, neurosciences, data sciences and translational medicine, and is focused on addressing brain disease.

sam jenekhe

Fri, 02/11/2022 | UW News

Samson Jenekhe elected to National Academy of Engineering

Jenekhe's pioneering research includes work on organic and flexible electronics, OLEDs, and semiconducting polymers

collage of STEM students in the lab and classroom

Fri, 02/04/2022 | UW Community College Research Initiatives

Partnerships across WA state to smooth the way for STEM transfers

ChemE undergraduate adviser Nicole Minkoff is the UW-Seattle lead in an initiative to improve outcomes for students transferring into 4-year STEM degree programs

brain organoid

Tue, 01/18/2022 | Science

New UW center to advance scientific software

Led by David Beck, the Scientific Software Engineering Center will speed the deployment & adoption of prototype codes

engineer looking at a membrane

Mon, 12/13/2021 | UW CoMotion

Startup success story: Membrion

Greg Newbloom (Ph.D. '14) sits down with ChemE professor and CoMotion director François Baneyx to share his insights from founding a UW-spinout company