A Message from the Chair
On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, I would like to introduce and welcome you to the Department of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of South Florida. Perhaps you are visiting our website to learn more about what roles chemical and biomedical engineers play in our society. Maybe you are a student looking to earn your engineering degree from a department and a university that deeply values and emphasizes its educational mission. Perhaps you want to be part of a team conducting cutting-edge research to tackle some of the world's most important problems. No matter the reason for your visit, you have come to the right place to gather more information, to get answers to your questions, and hopefully to learn how to join and/or partner with us in our pursuit of knowledge and innovation.
Chemical engineers today play critical roles in a wide variety of industries including petrochemicals, energy, electronics, biotechnology, health care, consumer products, food, and many others. Perhaps less well known to people, chemical engineers play important roles in many other fields as well including law, environmental policy, government, consulting, and a variety of others. Our faculty and graduates are literally changing the world in which we live through their involvement in these different roles and industries. They are the scientists who dream up new molecules to solve problems in medicine, in energy, and other areas that improve our quality of life. They are the engineers who help design and operate processes and plants that make these molecules and products in a safe, efficient, and scalable manner. They are also the entrepreneurs who recognize unanswered needs and who help bring innovative solutions to the market. As a department, our mission is to: (1) provide our students with the intellectual basis to become outstanding scientists, engineers and leaders who are prepared for successful professional careers, (2) advance our disciplines and profession by contributing to the relevant bodies of knowledge and literature in science and engineering in significant and impactful ways, and (3) improve the quality of life in our community, the nation, and the world by providing solutions to important problems facing humanity both today and tomorrow.
Our department consists of a large and diverse student body that benefits from a variety of degree offerings designed to help students tailor their education to their interests and career goals. For those students interested in the solid foundation and flexibility of a traditional chemical engineering degree, we offer a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, M.S. in Chemical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. For those undergraduates who intend to also complete a M.S. degree after completing their B.S. degree, we also offer a 5-year B.S./M.S. degree program in which they can complete both degrees in parallel in an accelerated manner. For those who are interested in focusing on advanced materials at the graduate level, the department offers an M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering.
As a faculty, we have a group of highly accomplished and active faculty that cover an exciting blend of both traditional and emerging research areas in chemical engineering. Examples of these research topics include advanced materials, catalytic processes, nanotechnology, drug delivery, semiconductors and electronics, renewable energy, process systems engineering, supercritical fluid technology, automatic process control, and many others. We are a growing department who continues to expand our educational and research activities and presence into more areas with each passing year. So come join us in our exciting adventure.
Once again, I welcome you to the Department of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at USF. If you have any questions or would like to learn how to get more involved with us, we encourage you to contact us. We thank you for your interest in our department and look forward to engaging with you in the future.
Clifford L. Henderson
Chair and Professor
Department of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
University of South Florida