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Welcome to CBE

Great teaching. Ground-breaking research. Cornell’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 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

Roseanna Zia appointed to Advisory Board of Physics of Fluids

Physics of Fluids publishes leading work in traditional areas of fluid dynamics, including dynamics...

Escobedo's group paper selected as a Journal of Chemical Physics Editors’ Pick

It was highlighted on the JCP homepage during the last week of July, 2016 and is part of an special...

Steen group published in Nature Communications

Contributing author, Vanessa Kern, 1st year PhD.

Latest Spotlights

Explaining the behavior of complex fluids

Somewhere between the minuscule world of the atom and the one we experience as humans is another, “middle world”--larger than atoms but smaller than what the naked eye can see. Roseanna Zia, an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Enginee...

Improving drug discovery and delivery

One of the unspoken rules of higher education is that getting tenure is more important than just about anything else an assistant professor can do. This is why it is a bit surprising to hear Chris Alabi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecul...