The mission of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is to serve Iowa, the nation and the world by graduating talented and well-rounded chemical and biochemical engineers possessing the tools and capabilities to become technology and business leaders, and through excellence in research and scholarship that advances sustainable technologies.

From its beginning, our program has achieved marks of national distinction:

We were one of the first chemical engineering programs in the United States (1905)
The sixth AIChE student chapter was begun here (1924)
We were the sixteenth chemical engineering program to be accredited by ABET (1926)
We were the first to grant a Ph.D. in chemical engineering to an African-American woman (1972)
We established one of the first degree programs in chemical and biochemical engineering (1989)