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Message from the Chair

Welcome to Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE) at Illinois Tech.

Chemical and Biological Engineering are at the forefront of finding solutions to society’s most pressing problems. The biggest challenges of the next few decades will be water, energy and the environment and a graying population worldwide. Chemical and Biological Engineers are best positioned to address water shortages through new technologies such as water desalination, water absorption/desorption, electrodeionization; energy shortages with nonfood based biofuels; and nanotechnology based solutions to many diseases with targeted drug delivery to minimize drug side effects etc.

The Chemical Engineering Department at Illinois Tech is one of the oldest, most distinguished departments in the country. The origin of lIT's Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) can be traced back to 1901 when a chemical engineering curriculum was first at the then Armour Institute of Technology. In its over 110 year history, IIT students, alumni and faculty have contributed significantly to the profession.

ChBE at Illinois Tech currently has two members of the National Academy of Engineering and one of the National Academy of Sciences on its faculty, amongst the highest in ChBE departments in the US. Most senior faculty members are fellows of professional societies. The research interests of the department encompass all the important and up and coming areas of Chemical and Biological Engineering. It has exceptional strengths in fields such as energy research (including the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER)); complex systems and advanced materials research; theoretical and experimental fluid mechanics/dynamics and interfacial rheology; diabetes and other metabolic diseases; computational modeling from subatomistic to continuum. The department has a very ambitious plan for the next five years. These include hiring additional faculty members to further broaden the research areas; increasing the number of scholarships for undergraduate students; increasing fellowships available to our graduate students; increasing enrolments at both the undergraduate and graduate level while maintaining the excellence of our current students; increasing the number of endowed professorships in the department.

We believe these endeavors will result in IIT Chemical and Biological Engineering’s continued reputation as one of the most outstanding departments in the country. Please consider joining us to help achieve these exciting goals.

Sohail Murad, Ph.D.
Chair, Chemical and Biological Engineering
July 1, 2014