Welcome to UBC’s Chemical and Biological Engineering Department website. Chemical Engineering was established at UBC in 1915, the first Canadian chemical engineering program west of Ontario, becoming a separate Department of Chemical Engineering in 1954. Further changes included a merger with the Bio-Resource Engineering Department and subsequent renaming in 1999 as the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The Department’s evolution reflects the fact that biology has joined Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics as foundations for the discipline. Our core purpose is to educate and conduct research to serve the people of BC and the world in an environment that fosters research breakthroughs and teaching innovations, and supports students, faculty and staff to succeed.
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering offers two CEAB accredited programs to undergraduate students – Chemical Engineering, and Chemical and Biological Engineering. We also offer Masters and PhD programs. Our programs attract domestic and international students from all over the world. We take pride in our teaching and research facilities and offer students extensive hands-on learning, industry contact and research opportunities to enhance and complement our classroom teaching. Our academic programs are led by faculty who are internationally recognized research leaders in the areas of process engineering, biotechnology, energy, environment and sustainability. Our graduating students are well prepared to enter roles in industry, research, academia, government and non-government organizations internationally. Our annual Newsletter offers an overview of the variety of activities taking place in this vibrant department.
We hope that as you browse through the website you will find interesting and useful information about our educational programs, the research and the other activities taking place in the Department. We welcome your comments and feedback.
~ Peter Englezos