Why Choose Iowa State


Studying at Iowa State University is exciting and rewarding.
Our experienced and diverse faculty will support and challenge you.

Points of Pride

Iowa State University and the surrounding City of Ames, IA rank high in many national rankings rankings and surveys:

CBE Faculty

Faculty members in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering are nationally and internationally acknowledged leaders in teaching, research and mentoring.

The diverse faculty (about 35 percent of the faculty are women and underrepresented minorities) includes award-winning teachers and researchers, authors, prominent inventors, leaders of professional societies, journal editors and sought-after consultants.

Among the important research areas where the department faculty are leaders are biorenewables, renewable energy, nanomaterials, health care technology, biomedical engineering, catalysis and reaction engineering, and computational fluid dynamics. Some of our most talented faculty are also some of the leading women in chemical engineering.

Since all of the faculty participate in lectures and in teaching undergraduate courses, there is a healthy infusion of research concepts into the curriculum, which enables you to directly learn from people performing some of today’s most exciting research. Additionally, many faculty members provide opportunities for undergraduate students to perform research in their laboratories.

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Research Facilities

The department offers outstanding facilities and resources that help students succeed in their academic endeavors. These include excellent laboratories, advanced computing environments and modern classrooms.

The department is housed in Sweeney Hall, which contains 44,000-plus square feet of modern laboratory and office space, including a series of advanced teaching laboratories. The state-of-the-art research facilities include laboratories for:

  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Biochemical and protein separations
  • Catalyst characterization
  • Cell and tissue culture
  • Chemical vapor deposition and reactive sputtering
  • Gene delivery
  • Particle imaging velocimetry
  • Particle size analysis and light scattering
  • Polymer characterization
  • Spectroscopic techniques

Sweeney Hall features excellent computing facilities for undergraduates, allowing students to carry out simulations, write research and laboratory reports, and communicate.

A Prestigious University

Iowa State University was founded in 1858 as one of the nation’s first land-grant universities. It is externally funded by more than $287 million per year. On campus are several nationally recognized interdisciplinary centers and institutes that the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering affiliates, including: