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Welcome to CBE

Ground-breaking research. Great teaching. Cornell’s Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), combines these in a highly collaborative environment. They’re just some of the reasons that CBE is internationally recognized and has been highly ranked among the top programs in our fields.

Academic Programs

Outstanding faculty prepare students to excel – and they do. CBE graduates are highly sought after. They pursue rewarding careers, and make meaningful contributions to society through teaching, research, industry, and other paths. CBE offers four degrees: a Bachelor of Science, Master of Engineering (1-year professional), Master of Science (2-year research) and Ph.D.


CBE faculty and their graduate students are at the very forefront of creating knowledge – directed at solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. Focusing on five broad areas of research: Biomolecular Engineering, Complex Fluids and Polymers, Computational and Systems Biology, Nanoscale Electronics, Photonics and Materials Processing and Sustainable Energy Systems. Learn more about our research, faculty, and facilities.

Join us in June! 

Join us June 22, 2018 for a daylong celebration honoring the achievements of Michael L. Shuler, Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering. Mike Shuler's career has touched the professional and personal lives of countless individuals. To read a published collection of personal reflections from a cross section of his Cornell colleagues and friends, visit: 

For more details and to register, visit the event website:


Recent News

Paszek receives NSF CAREER Award

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Latest Spotlights

Alumni of CBE’s Graduate Program to Reunite in June

The very first CBE graduate reunion will take place during Cornell's Reunion Weekend on Saturday, June 9th. Follow the link provided to the event website for more details.

What goes on in there? A visit to Cornell’s Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility

A guided tour of Cornell's CNF, which in 2017 will celebrate 40 years of operations at the very edge of nanoscale science and technology.