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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.

Recent News

Clancy group featured on cover of Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys.

This paper provides a molecular-level computational study of the nucleation of a prototypical...

Prof. Qiuming Yu, Ph.D. '95, promoted to Research Full Professor (U. Washington)

Prof. Yu was awarded a Ph.D. from Cornell in the Clancy group where she worked on rapid...

Clancy, Kolakowski named 2017 Kaplan Faculty Fellows

Paulette Clancy, the Bodman Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Heather Kolakowski, lecturer in...

Latest Spotlights

Welcome Fengqi You

“I believe that chemical engineers should be able to do everything,” says You.

Welcome Jeffrey Varner

What Varner does “get” is how to use computer code to model biological processes