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 is home to 20 full-time faculty and 110 doctoral students, with research covering a diversity of areas. We have an estimated 600 undergrad students and are graduating around 90 per year.

In Fall 2017, Drs. Praveen Bollini and Mehmet Orman joined the department as Assistant Professors, along with Dr. Alamgir Karim who joined as the holder of the Dow Professor.  Praveen joins us from the University of Minnesota where he worked as Postdoc with Professor Aditya Bhan. Praveens’s expertise is in inorganic materials synthesis and application, including metalorganic frameworks for separation and catalysis. Praveen joins our robust catalysis and reaction engineering effort. Mehmet joined us from Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His research focus is the understanding of phenotypic heterogeneity in both bacterial and cancer cell populations, and exploring how this heterogeneity impacts human health.  His research is aligned well with “health” as one of the strategic thrusts of UH along with “cancer research” one of the strategic growth areas of our department. Alamgir’s expertise is in polymer thin films and soft materials with a variety of applications and was formerly the Goodyear Professor in Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron. He joins the growing group of faculty in polymers and soft materials.

Our hiring success in the past 10 years has strengthened the traditional department core competency in reaction engineering & catalysis, as well as making significant gains in biomolecular engineering and materials engineering. During that period UH ChBE faculty have received eight early career awards, including six CAREER Awards from the NSF. Assistant Professor Jeremy Palmer is the most recent recipient of a CAREER.

It’s a great time to be a Chemical Engineer. We have recently had a successful accreditation visit for our undergraduate degree program and are getting a six-year renewal with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc (ABET.)

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