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About CEMS

Welcome to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science has 33 very active faculty, 20 staff members, 220 graduate students, 30 postdoctoral associates, research associates and visitors, and about 400 undergraduate students in chemical engineering and materials science and engineering.

Frank Bates
C. Daniel Frisbie
Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

National Academy of Engineering Faculty

Current CEMS Faculty

  • Frank S. Bates, 2002
  • Edward L. Cussler, 2002
  • Eric Kaler, 2010, (President, University of Minnesota, 2011-present)
  • Christopher Macosko, 2001
  • Lanny Schmidt, 1994

Former CEMS Faculty

  • Kenneth Keller, 2002
  • Matthew Tirrell, 1997
  • H. Ted Davis, 1988
  • L.E. Scriven, 1978
  • Roger Staehle, 1978
  • Rutherford Aris, 1975
  • Neal Amundson, 1970
CEMS NAE Faculty

Clockwise from top left: Chris Macosko, Frank Bates, H. Ted Davis, Kenneth Keller, Lanny Schmidt and Edward Cussler

Department Heads 1949-2014

Former department heads
Left to right: Frank S. Bates (1999-2014), Matthew Tirrell (1995-1999), H. Ted Davis (1980-1995), Kenneth Keller (1978-1980), Rutherford Aris (1974-1978) and Neal Amundson (1949-1974).