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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

CBE WOMEN's Outreach Program selected as shortlisted project for the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

The W.O.M.E.N. project is an outreach program introducing economically disadvantaged families from...

Fengqi You wins 2018 ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship Award

This is the 3rd major international award that Professor You has received recently, in addition to...

Zdenek Burianec Memorial Award presented to Jian Gong and Fengqi You

The title of their poster presentation is “Handling Uncertain Feedstock Compositions in Shale Gas...

Latest Spotlights

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.

Welcome Fengqi You

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