Departmental Fast Facts


Founding date of the chemical engineering program

We are America’s oldest continuously operating degree-granting program in chemical engineering.


Number of faculty

Our faculty includes world leaders in the areas of catalysis, cellular and biomolecular engineering, soft matter, cellular biophysics, and colloids. They educate students about and conduct research in fields that play a vital role in developing the new knowledge to meet the technological challenges facing our world, ranging from healthcare to energy.


Number of National Academy of Engineering Members


Number of Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering share with faculty a congenial atmosphere and an excitement for the ever-expanding range of processes and technologies that are based on chemical and biomolecular engineering principles.


Number of Master’s Students

Students in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering master’s degree program gain an advanced foundation in the principles of chemical and biomolecular engineering, preparing them for further research and employment.


Number of Ph.D. Students

Students admitted to Penn’s Ph.D. program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering show exceptional promise to make original contributions to theory and practice in the field.


Undergraduate Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Students are able to develop face-to-face professional relationships with faculty members. Opportunities abound for undergraduates to conduct research in professors’ laboratories and research groups.


Affiliated Research Centers, Institutes, and Programs

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has developed strong synergies with other fields. Cross-disciplinary interactions in nanotechnology, biotechnology, medicine and engineering, materials, cellular engineering, and energy find concrete support through a number of centers, institutes, and programs.


Research Expenditures

Our faculty are exceptionally well-funded, with research funding more than doubling between 2004 and 2009.*

*Numbers are from the 2010-2011 academic year.