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Addressing Global Challenges

Chemical engineering is addressing pressing challenges to advance society such as biomedicine, energy, security, and sustainability. As part of an R1 research university, and with our flexible programs and focus on experiential learning, including our top-ranked co-op program, our students are prepared as next-generation engineering leaders.

Spotlight Stories

Hannah Boyce
Hannah Boyce
BS Chemical Engineering, 2022

Hannah Boyce, E’22, chemical engineering, and president of Northeastern’s chapter of the AIChE, is researching potential new methods of...

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Rachel Joseph
Rachel Joseph
BS Chemical Engineering, 2023

Rachel Joseph, E’23, chemical engineering, is on a mission to ensure that everyone—regardless of their income, address, or race—has...

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From Future Faculty Fellow to Award-Winning Associate Professor with Two Patents

Associate Professor Abigail Koppes began her career as a Future Faculty Fellow through Northeastern's ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development. Today she is an associate professor, has two patents, and her research in the complex interplay between the nervous and enteric systems, the so-called ‘gut-brain’ connection, has received several young investigator recognitions.

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New MS in Pharmaceutical Engineering

Through coursework and rich experiential learning, the new MS in Pharmaceutical Engineering prepares engineers with a unique blend of advanced skills in state-of-the art pharmaceutical design, manufacturing process engineering, regulatory and quality issues to meet the evolving and growing needs of the biotechnology industry.

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Engineering in Action

Chemical Engineering Research Co-op in Switzerland

Chemical Engineering student Hannah Boyce shares her unique experience conducting research abroad at ETH Zurich, one of Europe’s leading biotech institutions.

PhD Research for Impact

With a dream of curing breast cancer, Chinedu Okorafor, PhD in chemical engineering, took full advantage of her Northeastern University curriculum and surrounding biotech centers in Boston. Northeastern’s interdisciplinary approach—sparking collaborations among the sciences—helped her chart her own course toward a degree with many possible rewarding applications.

Reaching Career Goals

For Haroon Bukhari, MS in chemical engineering, the Northeastern experience culminated in a co-op at Rogers Corporation, an innovator in engineered materials. Focusing on applications including electric vehicles, he’s already building a career toward making green technologies safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective.

World-Renowned Cooperative Education

Bradley Priem, BS in chemical engineering, had two co-ops that gave him the ability to delve into a particular industry. At Synlogic he was a bioanalytical chemist and bacterial engineer creating e-coli strains, and at bluebird bio he was an upstream process development engineer for gene production. He now knows he wants to go into the biotech industry and is interested in graduate school too.

Recent News

Fall 2022 Spark Fund Awardees

Bouve/ChE University Distinguished Professor Mansoor Amiji, ChE Assistant Professor Sara Hashmi, ECE Professor Purnima Ratilal-Makris, and MIE Assistant Professor Mohsen Moghaddam are recipients of the Fall 2022 Spark Fund Awards.

New Techniques of Treating Breast Cancer

ChE Professor Debra Auguste is developing a new targeted approach to treating triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) – a form of the disease more prevalent in younger women, with a higher rate of mortality among African American women.

Using Spark Fund Award to Regenerate Nerve Damage

ChE Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes is using the Spark Funds he received earlier this year to develop methods of converting olfactory stem cells into Schwann Cells that can be used to repair nerve damage.

Creating Radiation Shielding with Nanoparticle Composites

ChE Professor Ming Su was awarded a patent for “Enhanced radiation shielding with conformal, lightweight nanoparticle-polymer composite.”