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 provide one of the highest quality educational experiences available anywhere, at a very affordable cost. We have rapidly adapted to the changes brought about by COVID-19, maintaining our high standards of teaching, research, and service while interacting in new ways.

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 fourteen faculty members to our roster in the past seven 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 hires include: (1) Associate Professor Ashlee Ford Versypt, a globally-recognized emerging leader in computational bioengineering who further expands our research and educational scope and impact, (2) Empire Innovation Professor Miao Yu, who brings a world-leading program in nanoporous materials that complements our existing strengths in CO2 capture, separations, and catalysis, and (3) Assistant Professor Viviana Monje-Galvan, who applies sophisticated tools and large scale computing to build understanding of fundamental biological processes such as protein-membrane interactions.

UB has recently launched the Center for Genetic and Tissue Engineering (CGTE), led by CBE SUNY Distinguished Professor Stelios Andreadis, which will further strengthen capabilities and collaborations in this area of existing excellence in the department and school. It will complement investments in the BioDesign Core facility and other Genomics, Proteomics, and Materials Characterization core labs that provide world-class shared experimental capabilities to our community.

These investments in both people and facilities have fueled an unprecedented level of collaborative research activities among our students and faculty that has produced high impact publications, significant entrepreneurial activity, and sustained growth in new grants and research expenditures year after year. Externally-funded research expenditures increased by 65% from 2016 to 2020. This growth in faculty numbers and research activity benefits all of our students, from undergraduates who experience lower student to faculty ratios and a greater diversity of instructor perspectives, to Ph.D. students with multiple world-class research teams from which to choose.

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. Recent challenges have demonstrated that our community also exhibits extraordinary resilience and tenacity. Thank you for your interest.

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Mark Swihart
UB Distinguished Professor and Chair


Chair: Mark Swihart

Full-time Faculty: 27

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