Fighting diseases, developing nanotechnologies, creating genetically engineered medicines, and designing processes for sustainable biofuels production are some of the exciting areas in which our chemical and biomolecular engineers are involved. Our graduates work in research, design, development, production, and maintenance in such industries as chemicals, petroleum, petrochemicals, rubber, plastics, agricultural chemicals, food, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, paper, aircraft, automotive, electronics, energy conversion, and environmental pollution prevention and control. Our students benefit from the quality, energy and ingenuity of faculty who receive grants from prestigious institutions such as the National Institutes for Health, the National Science Foundation, and the United States Army.
Career opportunities include Assistant Chemical Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Bioprocess Scientist, Chemist, Hydrologist, Process Design Engineer, Production Management Engineer, or Validation Engineer.
Recent employers include Burns & McDonnell, Cargill, Exxon Mobil, Novartis, CEMEX, and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Regard for our program is high among employers and advanced degree institutions, with Nebraska's CHME graduates demonstrating solid knowledge from the classroom applied in learning opportunities such as UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences), and working with faculty.
Freshmen students are able to participate in the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) national Chem-E car competition, and are also able to get involved in clubs and organizations on campus.
Notable facilities include the Biological Process Development Facility, Bioseparations and Biomaterials Lab, Catalytic and Sorbent Materials Lab, Mesoscale Engineering Lab, Computer Lab, and The Kenneth and Edna Anderson Reading Room.
Nebraska's CHME program helps the world by developing regenerative medical materials, advancing cutting-edge genomic techniques like ultra-fast polymerase chain reaction (PCR) against emerging diseases, generating processes for sustainable biofuels production, and discovering devices to give robots a human sense of touch using nanotechnology.