Vision and Mission


The William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will provide an outstanding educational experience to our students and serve the profession and society by creating new knowledge through cutting-edge disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and disseminating this knowledge to industry, government, the scientific community and the general public. 

This new knowledge will consist of, but not be limited to, peer-reviewed publications, materials, processes, systems, software and other work products that will enhance societal quality of life. 

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department (CBE) values and promotes diversity in all respects. It acknowledges that varied human experiences and backgrounds enrich the community, and that by bringing a broader range of perspectives to the field, diversity can advance science and engineering. The Department is committed to a collegial and inclusive environment for its faculty, staff, and students and strives to create that environment through a range of initiatives.


  • To create new knowledge in the field of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering through cutting-edge research and pass this new knowledge on to our students, our profession, and society in general.
  • To educate undergraduate and graduate students in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and foster cross-fertilization of allied fields.
  • To serve the public, academic, industrial and government communities through consultation, collaborative efforts, entrepreneurial activity, dissemination of research results and outreach activities.
  • To create a learning environment that fosters diversity in scholarship, teaching and in student, faculty and staff composition.
  • To instill in our students an appreciation of, and the necessity for, life-long learning, team work and to provide them the skills to prosper in a global economy.

​Student Outcomes

In order to meet our vision and mission, the Department has developed program educational objectives for which each graduate of the program should achieve as they grow professionally through their career.  The program educational objectives can be found here.  

In support of the program's educational objectives, each student is expected to meet each of the following student outcomes upon graduation:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.