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Vision and Mission Statement

The vision of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department is to be a center of inspired learning that nurtures innovation, critical thinking, and leadership in chemical and biomolecular engineering education and research.

In fulfillment of this vision, our mission is to train students to utilize molecular information and discovery to create innovative products and processes by emphasizing fundamental understanding of physical, chemical, and biological processes; engineering design and synthesis; leadership; ethics;  and interdisciplinary perspectives on technology, economic, and social issues.

Objectives and Bylaws

Our undergraduate and graduate programs produce creative innovators who are capable of taking leadership positions in chemical and biological engineering. CBE graduates possess the knowledge base, intellectual skills, and professional commitment that prepare them for innovative technical leadership, graduate study, productive service to society, and continued professional growth through lifelong learning. Preparation is based in the attainment of the Program Educational Objectives identified below, regular evaluation of the achievement of these objectives, and use of evaluation results to improve the educational process.

  • CBE graduates who enter professional practice will demonstrate a high level of technical competence, along with career progression toward positions of technical or managerial leadership.
  • CBE graduates who pursue full-time graduate or advanced professional study will complete their programs of study successfully.
  • CBE graduates will continue their professional growth through lifelong learning.

These Program Educational Objectives are achieved by ensuring that our graduates satisfy our stated Program Student Outcomes.

Graduates as leaders and innovators, not just highly skilled specialists.

Read CBE’s Bylaws

About the Department

UT’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is one of the oldest engineering programs in the South. It was included as an option in Chemistry as early as 1905 and became a separate department in 1936. The Masters program began in 1935 and the PhD program in 1949. UT’s PhD program was the first doctoral program in engineering offered by any institution in Tennessee, public or private. CBE’s undergraduate program has been continuously accredited since 1939, making it one of the four oldest accredited chemical engineering programs in the South.

UT is ideally located in a geographic region with a high density of major chemical companies and smaller consulting firms. Our programs reach out to other engineering and science departments at UT, to the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory and to industry, forming larger partnerships and creating an unsurpassed teaching and research environment. Both students and faculty realize the benefits of these collaborations through the development of high-quality, interdisciplinary programs.

Our student body is very diverse with a significant female and minority representation. Many of the students participate in the Engineering Professional Practice program (40%), engineering internships (20%), or undergraduate research (20%).

Knoxville is one of the most pleasant cities in the United States in which to live, and UT one of the most appealing environments you could choose for either an undergraduate or graduate education. We look forward to hearing of your further interest.

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