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Department of Chemical & Life Science Engineering

Chemical and life science engineering is a diverse engineering field involved in the development of chemicals, biochemical and biologics in a variety of applications including polymers, nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals, clean fuels, environmental protection and medicine.

Researchers and students in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering apply their talents to projects in a variety of areas including departmental focal areas of pharmaceutical engineering, stem cell engineering, nanotechnology and materials science.

Independent and interdisciplinary efforts within the department take place across different academic units and shared facilities. State-of-the-art facilities such as the Nanomaterials Characterization Center, the Center for High Performance Computing, the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity and the Massey Cancer Center provide modern equipment and technical expertise. Our collaborative ties with faculty in life sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and forensics have led to multidisciplinary research projects.

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Computer science faculty member’s study among most cited in WIREs publication

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Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., receives 2020 IEEE Nanotechnology Pioneer Award

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Doctoral student takes top honors at major digital forensics conference

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Electrical engineering scholar receives VCU’s 2020 Distinguished Dissertation Award

elec

‘The improvement of the human condition’: 16 research projects receive Quest Fund grants

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Mechanical engineering grad wins VCU Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award

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Gary Tepper, Ph.D., elected IAAM Fellow

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Graduate student wins grant to expand STEM education for youth with learning disabilities

biomed, egr

VCU Engineering doctoral student publishes new tool for researchers investigating optical effects

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Community partnership gives elementary school students a glimpse into the world of engineering

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VCU researcher developing potential treatment to block COVID-19

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VCU researcher receives grant to advance understanding of cell behavior in response to tissue mechanics in disease

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Study in Nature Electronics reveals new magnetic process that can lead to more energy-efficient memory in computers and other devices

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Computer science professor named Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Fellow

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VCU Engineering researcher receives Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund award

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Q&A forum on the Fall 2020 semester at VCU Engineering

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VCU Engineering researcher part of multi-institutional team to understand the behavior of materials in extreme conditions

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Gennady Miloshevsky, Ph.D., co-authors chapter in new textbook edition

mech

Virginia Commonwealth University awards first digital tech badges to Capital CoLAB graduates

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Mohamed Gad-el-Hak, Ph.D., honored in Journal of Fluids Engineering

mech

VCU Engineering researcher is developing magnetic devices that improve efficiency of artificial networks

mech, mne

VCU Engineering undergraduate and graduate students receive American Nuclear Society national scholarships

mech

VCU Engineering experts offer solutions to prescription medication shortages in Virginia Business magazine

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Keeping our campus going

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VCU Engineering’s Medicines for All Institute partners with industry to secure the domestic pharmaceutical supply chain

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Graduate assistants honored at virtual awards ceremony

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Faculty members receive promotions and tenure

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VCU Engineering faculty win COVID-19 research funding

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VCU researcher harnessing supercomputers in the race against COVID-19

chem, egr, clse, covid

VCU initiatives share faculty expertise, inventions to spur fight against COVID-19

egr, covid

VCU Engineering’s 2020-21 VCU Undergraduate Research Fellows and mentors

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Three VCU students win National Security Education Program’s Boren Scholarship

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Biomedical engineering department offers non-thesis option

biomed, egr

2020 Capstone Design winners celebrated, top honors announced

egr

New graduate school incentives for Class of 2020 Rams

egr

Virtual Capstone Expo 2020

egr

A call-to-action for the VCU Engineering Class of 2020

egr

A ‘Tom Sawyer type of adventure’: Sam Cole’s path from tugboat deckhand to VCU research lab

mech, mne

Engineering and health care experts create data model to track and predict the spread of COVID-19 across central Virginia

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VCU Engineering lab produces hand sanitizer

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Computer science alum recognized for extraordinary contributions to the Institute for Defense Analyses

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Mechanical and nuclear engineering student awarded U.S. Department of Energy scholarship

mech

Ram B. Gupta, Ph.D., elected AIChE Fellow

chem

Hip Hop music helps kids learn how to code

comp, cs

Class of 2020: Samuel Adu-Gyamfi is helping make medicine more accessible

chem

VCU Health’s innovative decontamination process mitigates N95 mask shortage in hospitals

comp, mech, egr, covid

Engineering researcher and medical experts design DIY ventilator kit

mech, covid

VCU Engineering students, alumni honored in NSF graduate fellowship program

alumni, egr

Two VCU students named Goldwater Scholars

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VCU Engineering alum honored by Rochester Institute of Technology for outstanding research contributions

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VCU Engineering offers free programs and resources to keep kids learning at home

comp, egr

A cane that steers? A glove that finds unseen objects?

comp, cs

VCU programs retain top U.S. News & World Report rankings

mech, egr

Capstone Spotlight: ECE 412

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Up & Atom!

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Innovative faculty recognized by the VCU chapter of the National Academy of Inventors

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Your E-ZPass is not magic

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Doctoral student to advocate for scientists in Washington

biomed

VCU Engineering student selected as Young Scientist for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

biomed

Collaboration with one-of-a-kind drug production lab at VCU accelerates Massey's innovation

chem, egr

Q&A with Wei-Ning Wang, Ph.D.

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Transgender activist Rhonda Williams (A.S. ’68) addresses VCU Engineering’s Identity and Culture reception

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Q&A with Dean Krusienski, Ph.D.

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VCU Engineering assistant professor named 2020 Engineer of the Year by the Richmond Joint Engineers Council

mech, egr

VCU Engineering friend and benefactor receives the 2020 Outstanding Virginian Award

foundation, egr

VCU computer science faculty member named IEEE Access Outstanding Associate Editor

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Next-level virtual reality: bringing in brain signal feedback

biomed

VCU researchers to develop next-generation, long-lasting batteries

chem, clse

Medicines for All Institute and South African manufacturer enter partnership to improve access to lifesaving medications

chem

‘A gym for cells’: VCU Engineering doctoral student is awarded an American Heart Association fellowship

mech, mne

Nuclear engineering Ph.D. student wins Roy G. Post Foundation Scholarship

mech, mne, nuc, nuclear

Q&A with Alberto Cano, Ph.D.

comp, cs

More than 30 Ram Engineers featured in VCU alumni magazine’s 'Power Issue'

alumni, egr

Studies by VCU Engineering researchers among the top 10 percent most cited in PLOS One

biomed, comp, egr, bme, cs

Biomedical engineering Ph.D. student wins NIH award

biomed

Krzysztof ‘Krys’ Cios named IEEE Fellow

comp, egr

Ph.D. student receives grant to attend AMIA Symposium

comp

2019 Year in Review

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Think like a cell. 3D print the results.

biomed, bme

Engineering in Vision: If you can’t see it, you can’t be it.

egr

Computer science researchers receive LORD Best Paper Award at IROS

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Niels Asmussen receives Young Investigator Award

egr

B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., elected as National Academy of Inventors Fellow

chem

Mechanical engineering doctoral student receives ASME poster award

mech

Researchers honored for noninvasive eye-tracking system

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VCU experts in nanomedicine and gene therapy work toward promising cardiovascular disease treatment

chem, clse

VCU, museum collaborate to study Richmond’s air quality

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Saving the cities under the sea

chem, clse

Jennifer Puetzer, Ph.D., receives Orthoregeneration Network grant

biomed, bme

VCU student company to compete for up to $2M

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Biomedical engineering student wins poster award

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Arth Shah wins Biomedical Engineering Society student award

biomed

Engineering researcher addresses energy issues — and possibilities — at inaugural Science-Art Exchange

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Elliot Roth (B.S.’15) receives 10 Under 10 award

biomed, alumni

VCU researcher is developing lung-derived nanoparticles to repair lung tissue

biomed, bme

New maker courses give engineering students a fast track to skills and makerspace access

mech, egr

Hu Yang, Ph.D., named associate editor of Materials Express journal

chem, clse

Top 10? You’re in.

egr

Q&A with Ruixin Niu, Ph.D.

elec, ece

VCU commits to increasing technology graduates; joins governor’s tech talent initiative

foundation, egr

Jordan harnesses cardiac MRI to improve long-term heart health of cancer patients

biomed

HealthHacks 2019: pharmaceutical innovations for patient care

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International symposium explores how nanoscience can help solve problems in energy, medicine

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‘Solving the new literacy crisis’ by Dean Barbara Boyan, Ph.D., featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Finding Freddy: Assistive Agents for A Nightmare on Elm Street

comp

Women Engineering Leaders in Academe 2019

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Q&A with Ning Zhang, Ph.D.

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VCU takes third in regional cybersecurity competition, will advance to nationals in New York

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Doctoral student receives grants to showcase a new approach to identity recognition cameras

comp, cs

VCU students receive AIChE awards

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VCU College of Engineering places final beam on new research building

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Engineering and pharmacy join forces to make inhaled medications more effective for children and infants

mech, mne

Q&A with Hong Zhao, Ph.D.

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VCU named National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

comp, egr

Gupton named a Person of the Year honoree

chem, egr

Meet the 2019-2020 Wright Scholars

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Kenneth Wynne, Ph.D., named Distinguished Career Professor

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VCU will lead $50M study of traumatic brain injuries in military personnel

biomed, bme

VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine aims to accelerate Richmond’s efforts to become a premier biotech hub

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VCU College of Engineering to hold topping-off ceremony for new research building

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RamHacks 2019

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Q&A with Jennifer Puetzer, Ph.D.

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Meet VCU’s SMART scholars

elec, egr

The journal bringing the work of undergraduate VCU researchers to the world

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VCU Engineering unveils new Maker Garage

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VCU is part of a national team seeking to improve health for patients with spinal cord injury

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Cain Scholarship winner Samuel Adu-Gyamfi seeks to make an impact

chem

VCU Engineering community engagement leader honored by Cary Elementary

egr

‘Alexa for chemistry’: National Science Foundation puts VCU and partners on fast track to build open network

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Five Virginia Universities Receive Internship Program Grant Funds

comp, elec, egr

Q&A with Nathaniel Kinsey, Ph.D.

elec, ece

Computer science professor to receive 2019 service award from the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society

cs, ece

Intern’s work identifying malaria antibodies impresses researchers

elec, ece

Medicine in motion

egr

Meet the class of 2023

egr

New faculty and academic promotions

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VCU Engineering appoints new director of makerspaces

mech, egr

Hooman Tafreshi, Ph.D., joins editorial board of the journal Separation and Purification Technology

mech, mne

How a VCU grad student is getting her degree in style

chem

VCU Engineering appoints senior associate dean for academic affairs

egr

Philanthropist and businessman C. Kenneth Wright, who helped transform VCU, dies

foundation, egr

The gift that keeps on giving

biomed

Engineering M.D.-Ph.D. student Jefferson Overlin receives NIH award

biomed, bme

Leonard becomes College of Engineering’s Executive Dean

egr

The heat is on

chem, clse

Streamlining pharmaceutical processes

chem

VCU researchers gain insight into what makes a healthy cell stable

biomed, bme

VCU Engineering faculty members receive Presidential Research Quest Fund grants

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The Internet Ecosystem Innovation Committee (IEIC) welcomes new founding academic member Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

biomed, egr

State approves nation’s first Ph.D. program in pharmaceutical engineering

egr

VCU Engineering’s diversity and inclusion efforts recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education

egr

Undergraduates from across the country train in mechanobiology research at VCU

biomed, bme

Early experiences at VCU ignited Goldwater scholar’s passion for research

elec

Computer science undergraduates conduct natural language processing research at Johns Hopkins University

comp, cs

VCU Engineering poised to lead cyber network in Central Virginia

comp, elec

Computer science researcher receives Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

comp, cs

Two VCU Engineering faculty named fellows of American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

biomed, bme

Start your engines!

mech

Biomedical engineering undergraduate conducting cancer research at Yale

biomed, bme

Postdocs win Early Investigator Awards

biomed, bme

VCU Engineering-based research to advance orthopaedic implants and clean air earn 2019 CRCF awards

biomed, mech, bme, mne

New NIH funding will support research into how the body responds to medical implants

biomed, bme

Assistant professor receives 2019 Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine

mech, mne

Michael Friedman, Ph.D., receives young investigator award

biomed, bme

VCU collaboration with industry, universities, receives Virginia Catalyst grant

chem

Faculty research on vaginal microbiomes and preterm birth published in Nature Medicine

chem, comp, clse, cs

Computer science sophomore selected to present at world’s largest gathering of women in computing

comp

Computer engineering undergraduate wins Goldwater Scholarship

elec

Announcing the 2019-2020 VCU Undergraduate Research Fellows

biomed, chem, comp, mech

Making Smart Cities Smarter

comp, elec, cs, ece

Congratulations, DERI fellows!

egr

Q&A with Mo Jiang, Ph.D.

chem

Pasta + red = learning: How this NSF grant recipient taught herself to succeed with dyslexia

biomed, bme

Thea Pepperl, Ph.D., selected as Service-Learning Faculty Fellow

biomed

Biomedical engineering and cardiovascular medicine team receive major grant

biomed, bme

From Data to Decision

comp, elec

Meet mechanical engineering student Tyriq Clay from VCU’s TRIO program

mech

Class of 2019: Wendy Sun’s passion for medicine, engineering and inclusion leads to Yale

biomed

Doctoral alum receives best paper award from Applied Spectroscopy

mech

Post-baccalaureate student awarded for best poster at women in computing conference

comp

Doctoral student receives first place poster award at FiltCon 2019

mech

VCU places second in Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

comp

Class of 2019: How Myles Boyd doubled down on his dream to earn an engineering degree

chem

Up to Code: Music major finds skills and inspiration in new computer science course for non-majors

comp

VCU Engineering offers new undergraduate summer research programs

biomed, bme

Q&A with Jessika Rojas, Ph.D.

mech, mne, nuc, nuclear

Gupta delivers keynote in Global Conference on Global Warming

chem

Scoliosis, seizures, desire to help others lead 14-year-old to study engineering

elec, ece

VCU’s Jordana Kron is searching for answers to a mystery disease

biomed, bme

Capstone returns to the Stu

biomed, chem, comp, elec, mech, egr

Capstone 2019 Highlight: Iron Meteorite Imaging System

chem, elec, mech

Demo Day to showcase VCU students’ most promising startups and innovations

egr

Capstone 2019 Highlight: Ambulance Drone for Overdose Response

elec

VCU creates Center for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Sciences

chem, egr, clse

College students present more than 100 prototypes, designs at VCU Engineering expo

egr

MNE students receive scholarships from the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Nuclear Society

mech

VCU hosts solar competition for middle schoolers

egr

Senior academic advisor co-authors book on women of color in higher ed

egr

VCU invention improves solar cell light harvesting

elec, ece

Capstone 2019 Highlight: Waterproof Osseointegration Covers

chem

Capstone 2019 Highlight: Box Turtle Tracker

comp

Q&A with Brian A. Taylor, Ph.D.

biomed, bme

Capstone 2019 Highlight: DropLock

mech, mne

VCU students help Richmond high schoolers navigate the college application process

egr

VCU researchers create new silk material for biomedical uses

chem

Capstone 2019 Highlight: Wireless Neonatal Vital Sign Monitor

biomed, elec

Q&A with Hong-Sheng Zhou, Ph.D.

comp

Doctoral candidate Xiang He receives award from Chinese government

mech

Capstone 2019 Highlight: Quick Release Rowing Assistive Grips

biomed

Hong-Sheng Zhou, Ph.D., receives Google Faculty Research Award

comp

VCU programs rise in updated U.S. News & World Report rankings

mech, mne

Capstone 2019 Highlight: Dynamic Center-of-Gravity Display

elec

Capstone 2019 Highlight: Anthem Operation Dashboard

comp

VCU Engineering’s newest building has a past

foundation, egr

Q&A with Carrie Peterson, Ph.D.

biomed, bme

2019 Women in Engineering Luncheon

egr

Multidisciplinary collaborations lead to advances in pharmaceutical synthesis

chem

Nuclear engineering doctoral students receive best poster awards

mech, mne, nuc, nuclear

New chemical and life science engineering Ph.D. program approved

chem

Professional Development for Engineers

chem, egr

VCU students pitch innovative ideas to improve health, education and energy

egr

Medicines for All Institute develops new, cost-saving synthesis of anti-HIV drug

chem

VCU Engineering faculty elected senior members of the National Academy of Inventors

chem, elec

Alumnus credits VCU as the catalyst for his success

chem, alumni

VCU Engineering’s billboard campaign begins

egr

VCU College of Engineering to host the American Nuclear Society National Student Conference

mech

VCU’s DAR newsletter features Brian Campbell

egr

Alumni Update: Isaac Rodriguez and SweetBio

biomed, alumni

VCU College of Engineering is in the news as Virginia prepares for arrival of Amazon HQ2

comp, elec

VCU and VUU to offer dual degrees in physics and engineering or chemistry and engineering this fall

chem, elec, mech, egr

Richmond heat map project wins Smart 50 Award

chem

Device created by VCU students could address issues with incubator covers for premature babies

biomed

International award-winning technology protects the power grid by hacking would-be hackers

comp

2018 Year in Review

egr

Massey scientists develop world’s most advanced drug delivery system with the highest tumor-targeting ability

chem

Tang studies nanoparticles as a means to develop more effective treatments for drug-resistant solid tumors

chem

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