• Alumna Joan Brennecke To Join Faculty

    Alumna Joan Brennecke To Join Faculty

    An expert in energy and sustainability, Brennecke will join our faculty in 2017 and is one of the first to receive funding from the Texas Gov.'s new University Research Initiative.
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  • The Class of 2016: Where are they headed?

    The Class of 2016: Where are they headed?

    103 undergraduate and graduate students earned their diplomas on May 20. Here are the college experiences of four Texas ChE grads and their plans for the future.
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  • Alumna Adrianne Rosales Accepts Texas ChE Faculty Appointment

    Alumna Adrianne Rosales Accepts Texas ChE Faculty Appointment

    Rosales (B.S. '07) will join the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering faculty as an assistant professor beginning fall 2017.
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  • Texas ChE Raises $28 Million to Complete Historic Campaign

    Texas ChE Raises $28 Million to Complete Historic Campaign

    The Challenge for McKetta raised $28M, far exceeding the campaign goal of $25M. The achievement marks the largest department fundraising campaign in Cockrell School history.
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Did you know?

  • We have 19 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellows
  • Our faculty publish an average of 250 papers per year
  • The National Research Council ranks the department #2 (regressions based)
  • The department has approximately 190 graduate students
  • Average starting salary for B.S. graduates is $73,938
  • Department faculty and students have made up 15 percent of AIChE Institute Lecturers since 1949
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the McKetta graduate program No.6
  • The department has 23 full-time faculty
  • The department has a network of more than 7,000 alumni world-wide
  • More than 100 department alumni have gone on to be faculty members around the world

    Meet our Faculty

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    Lydia Contreras

    Assistant Professor Contreras works in Bioengineering with specific interests in RNA-protein interactions, RNA-protein folding; Novel molecular tools for intracellular studies of RNA-metabolism; Protein engineering for novel mechanisms of molecular recognition; Diagnostics for RNA-related diseases; Discovery of drugs targeting RNAs; Optimization strategies for therapeutic RNA/protein expression.

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