Chair's Welcome

Mark Swihart.

Mark Swihart, UB Distinguished Professor and Chair

UB CBE offers world-class research opportunities, degree options, alumni networks, and job opportunities for our graduates. Together, our outstanding faculty, staff, and students offer one of the highest quality educational experiences available anywhere, at a very affordable cost.

The National Research Council ranked us #8 and #9 for publications and awards per faculty, while the department is ranked #12 in the Northeast and #36 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. For several years, our department has been on a trajectory of remarkable growth, optimism, and achievement as we implement our vision of excellence through collaboration. Building on our history of achievement, this trajectory now places us at the forefront of chemical and biological engineering research, education, and socioeconomic impact in the region and the world.

Overall, CBE has added eleven faculty members to our roster in the past four years, expanding our collective expertise in the areas of energy and the environment, big data, and biomedical science and engineering while building on our core chemical engineering competencies. Our most recent hire, Rudi Gunawan, is a globally-recognized emerging leader in systems biology and computational bioengineering who further expands our research and educational scope and impact.

UB has recently launched our new BioDesign Core facility, enabling acquisition of high-throughput experimental data in state-of-the-art flow cytometry and mass spectrometry facilities, among others. This facility complements existing Genomics, Proteomics, and Materials Characterization core labs that provide world-class shared experimental capabilities. This investment has fueled an unprecedented level of collaborative research activities among our students and faculty that has produced high impact publications, significant entrepreneurial activity, and a more than 50% increase in research expenditures in one year. Most notably, we saw a 2.5 fold boost in funding from new awards this past year, which will no doubt have a positive impact on scholarly activity.

This is indeed an exciting time to be part of the UB CBE family! The enthusiastic and collaborative spirit that permeates our research culture is also evident our undergraduate and graduate students, who are full of energy and intellectual curiosity. Thank you for your interest.


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Mark Swihart
UB Distinguished Professor and Chair


Chair: Mark Swihart

Full-time Faculty: 25

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Joint BS (CE)/MBA
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Student Body:

334 Undergraduate

166 Graduate

Research Overview:

35,000 square feet of teaching and research labs
$5.5 million in annual research expenditures

Research Areas:

  • Biological engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering