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School of Sustainable Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

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A Legacy of Excellence

Chemical engineering was first taught at OU in 1912, making OU one of the oldest in the country, granting the first graduate degree in 1918.

Over the years that followed, the program has developed curricula with traditional strength in fundamentals, while tailoring electives for specializations suited to contemporary and future industrial need. Today, The Chemical Engineering program at the University of Oklahoma is one of the largest programs in the College of Engineering.

Our dynamic faculty are dedicated to a program of the highest quality and to leadership at the forefront of the profession it serves. This dedication and the cooperative spirit of SCBME faculty has fueled a superior level of productivity. 

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42% growth in research expenditures and $8.9M in new awards in the last year.

120 original publications and 11,700 citations in 2022.

4 early career awards in the last 5 years from NSF and DOE.

2 NAE faculty and an average student to faculty ratio of 10.

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Tailored Degree Options

Degree options, including sustainability, bioengineering, and pre-medical, allow students the opportunity to tailor their undergraduate education to their particular interests within chemical engineering.

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Cutting-Edge Applications

Our faculty research and education programs include exciting new areas such as tissue and genetic engineering, nanostructured materials, water purification, sustainable processes, and sustainable energy production.

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An Eye on The Future

Chemical engineers are among the best equipped to attack and solve problems. The University of Oklahoma is among the best institutions in the nation to prepare you for a career in chemical engineering.

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February 13, 2024

The OU Sustainability Forum brings together academics and industry leaders from around the world

The 2024 OU Sustainability Forum focused on identifying ways in which community, industry and academia can collaborate to overcome the current technological, socioeconomic and scientific hurdles at the intersection between energy and materials science.

December 12, 2023

OU Scientists Co-Lead First Federally Funded Fusion Research Hub

The University of Oklahoma is among the multi-institutional team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to accelerate inertial fusion energy science and technology. The initiative, “Inertial Fusion Energy Science and Technology Accelerated Research for Fusion Innovation and Reactor Engineering hub,” or IFE STARFIRE, is one of three inertial fusion energy hubs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. OU is leading the workforce development and inertial fusion energy ecosystem stewardship focus for the IFE STARFIRE hub.

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School of Sustainable Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

University of Oklahoma
Sarkeys Energy Center, Room T-301
100 E. Boyd St.
Norman, OK 73019-1004
Telephone: (405) 325-5811
Toll Free within USA: 1 (800) 601-9360

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