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then and now When chemical engineering was launched at the University of Rochester in 1915, the campus was still at Prince Street, and the field was in its infancy. However, talented educators and researchers such as Howard Gardner, George Su, and Shelby Miller helped the department grow and gain credibility. We would not be celebrating the 100th anniversary of chemical engineering at the University – indeed, we would not be the department we are today – were it not for their contributions. Join us as we celebrate the past, take pride in the present, and plan for the future.

Meliora Weekend (Oct. 9-10)

Our “big birthday bash” includes:

Eisenberg Symposium
Friday, Oct. 9, 2-4 p.m., 202 Gavett.
This summer’s Eisenberg research fellows present posters of their projects and discuss them. The internships are named for the late Richard Eisenberg, former associate professor of chemical engineering whose endowment launched the program in 1992. The internships give rising juniors and seniors hands-on experience, working one on one with faculty members to apply the engineering principles they’ve learned in the classroom. It also provides an additional way for faculty members to explore new research topics.

Tours of the undergraduate lab
Friday, Oct. 9, 2-4 p.m., Gavett Hall.
See the new mobile lab stations, which make it easier to accomodate students’ lab work and allows faculty to set up demonstration and instruction space to complement classroom lectures.

Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Lunch and Learn: 100 Years of the Chemical Engineering Department
Saturday, Oct. 10, 12:30-1:30, Sloan Auditorium (101 Goergen Hall). Lunch provided.
Robert Clark, Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, hosts this celebration of the past 100 years and future endeavors of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Following a brief look at the history and impact of one of the oldest chemical engineering programs in the nation, two of the department's newest faculty members will highlight their latest cutting-edge research.

Asst. Prof. Hitomi Mukaibo will discuss “Solar energy + Green pond = Biofuels, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.”

Asst. Prof. Andrew White will discuss “How computers have transformed chemical engineering and where data science is taking us next.”

Registration in advance is recommended.

Centennial Fund

In honor of the 100th anniversary of chemical engineering, the department has created a Centennial Fund to support its student initiatives, including but not limited to student research grants, student travel awards (to and from conferences and presentations) and study abroad grants.  Once $25,000 is reached, the fund will convert to an Endowed Fund. Distributions from this fund will be made with the approval of the chair of chemical engineering.

To learn more contact Eric Brandt, the Hajim School’s executive director of advancement (585) 273-5901, or dept. chair Matthew Yates (585) 273-2335. To make a donation, go to uofr.us/givechem.

In the Meantime . . .

Watch for periodic “snapshots” from ChemE’s history at our homepage. They will be compiled here.