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Welcome ChBE Graduates and Friends

Alumni of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department work for companies, universities and government entities in the United States and abroad.

Employed by major corporations like BP, the Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, ExxonMobil, General Electric, IBM, Kimberly-Clark and Shell, our alumni pave the way for manufacturing innovations.

Many of our alumni are successful inventors. The late Arnold O. Beckman (B.S. Chem. Eng, 1922; M.S. Phys. Chem., 1923) invented a portable meter for measuring the acidity of lemons. Les Babb, a 1951 Ph.D. graduate, developed the artificial kidney. Wayne H. Howell, who received his Ph.D. in 1989, holds more than 50 U.S. patents and was named one of IBM's top inventors in 1998.

Our alumni are also well represented at universities across the country. John Anderson, who graduated in 1971, is a former president of Illinois Institute of Technology. Former students have also taught or teach at schools including Stanford University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame and University of Wisconsin.

Department alumni can be counted as National Academy of Engineering and of Science members and recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology. Others have gone on to practice law or do research for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Read more about our prominent alumni, update your information, or consider a donation. Can't remember the name of a fellow student? The School of Chemical Sciences Alumni Database will allow you search by year, faculty advisor or department. See what the department is doing now by check out Mass Transfer, the department newsletter.


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We are a group of Chemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and School of Chemical Sciences alumni, students, faculty and staff from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign interested in building professional networking contacts. Communication among members is encouraged, as is assistance to members when needs and opportunities are encountered.

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