Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Top 20 Doctoral Program — National Research Council

Message from the Chair

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Friends of UH CHBE,

Welcome to the UH Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department website! I hope that you learn more about UH ChBE as you navigate the site.

By all accounts, UH CHBE is doing very well. Our National Research Council (NRC) ranking puts the UH ChBE dept. at about 15th nationally out of 100+ departments. Our goal is to get into the top 10. The department numbers about 20 full-time faculty and 100 doctoral students, covering a diversity of research areas. Most recently, Jeremy Palmer has joined the department as Assistant Professor, coming to us from Princeton where he worked with Professor Pablo Debenedetti. Jeremy’s expertise is in molecular-scale simulations and theory with applications in adsorption, binding, and transport. We expect to grow more in the coming few years! We have a group of outstanding junior faculty members who are doing great things. Indeed, Gila Stein, Jeff Rimer, Jaci Conrad, Megan Robertson, Navin Varadarajan, and Lars Grabow, together with Assoc. Profs. Pat Cirino and Bill Epling (Associate Chair) who joined us in recent years are the future faces of the department. Our hiring success has strengthened the traditional department core competency in reaction engineering & catalysis, as well as making significant gains in biomolecular engineering and materials engineering.

The Petroleum Engineering program is a vibrant part of the CHBE Department, under the capable leadership of Tom Holley. The program now has over 800 students! We have recently hired two new faculty members: Dr. Christine Ehlig-Economides and Dr. Konstantinos Kostarelos. Dr. Ehlig-Economides returns to UH as the Miller Chair of Petroleum Engineering. Christine is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and joins NAE colleagues Profs. John Lee and Dan Luss. Dr. Kostarelos joins us as Associate Professor, coming to us from the University of Cyprus. We will be adding several faculty members to the PETR program in the coming couple of years to meet the incredible demand and to confront the many exciting challenges of the natural gas revolution in the United States. We have recently had a successful accreditation visit for its undergraduate degree program and an application for a PhD in Petroleum Engineering is under review by the State of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

For our alums: If you are a member of linkedin, you can join the UH Chemical Engineering alumni group. This can enable you to connect with friends from the past.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at upcoming departmental, college, and university events!

Sincere regards,
Mike Harold