The graduate program in chemical engineering offers students the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research that tackles pressing challenges facing our society and our planet in areas such as biomedicine, energy, security and sustainability. Meanwhile, students pursuing graduate-level coursework develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles of chemical engineering and gain expertise in modern topics in the field through select elective courses. The overarching goal of this rich research and educational experience is to mentor and to equip our students to become future leaders in engineering and science, while simultaneously promoting scholarly achievement for both the faculty and students.
Doctoral Candidates are able to select thesis topics from a diverse range of faculty research interests, spanning two strategic research foci in Advanced Materials and Biological Engineering. With a premier location in downtown Boston, research in the department leverages the wealth of collaborations with neighboring universities, hospitals, medical centers and industry. New or prospective graduate students can learn about ongoing research topics from individual faculty members, faculty web sites and graduate student seminars. Graduate student seminars, where our students present the results of their research, are held on a regular basis and provide an interactive forum for learning and exchanging ideas.
The PhD programs’ student learning outcomes are:
- The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.
- Ability to formulate a research plan.
- Ability to communicate orally a research plan.
- Ability to conduct independent research.
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ChE PhD student Katie Hoyt, PhD’24, won the prestigious national Ford Foundation Fellowship to support her doctoral research.
Zach Rogers, a Chemical Engineering PhD student in Prof. Sidi Bencherif’s Lab, was selected to join Northeastern University’s NSF I-Corps Program with his proposal, “Hypoxia-inducing cryogels as a fast and inexpensive technology for hypoxic cell culture conditions”.
ChE Professor Thomas Webster and his colleagues are using bacteria to develop nanoparticles that will combat antibiotic-resistant infections.
ChE PhD students Bahram Saleh & Caterina Bartomeu Garcia are Finalists for Graduate Student Competition in Microbiointerface Research
Chemical Engineering PhD students Bahram Saleh and Caterina Bartomeu Garcia, from Professor Thomas Webster’s nanomedicine lab, have been called finalists for the upcoming AIChE 2019 annual meeting podium graduate student award competition in Microbiointerface Research. The students will be judged for the quality of the presentations and research on microbial interaction with biomedical interfaces.