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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering



 2014-2015 CHBE Undergraduate Advisors: 

  • Kenneth R. Cox Abercrombie B230 krcox@rice.edu
  • Walter Chapman Abercrombie B241 wgchap@rice.edu
  • Ramon Gonzalez Abercrombie B232 ramon.gonzalez@rice.edu
  • Francisco Vargas Abercrombie B228 fmv4312@rice.edu  

To schedule a meeting please contact the advisor via email. They will be able to assist students who are considering the major but who have not yet declared.


At Rice, many resources are available to guide the undergraduate in making sound career choices. The university’s Center for Career Development connects students with potential employers through a network of contacts, events, interview hosting, etc. Here you will also find career advisors, resume help, and interviewing tips.

ChemE students also will benefit from the experience and mentoring of the professors within the department. Each is committed to guiding and advising students to help them meet their full potential. Undergraduate students may work as part of a team that includes graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, who are also valuable resources in the process of discerning career direction.

Our alumni mentoring program provides an opportunity for students to interact on a casual basis with graduates that are currently working in a variety of academic and research positions. Interested undergraduates may choose from an available list of mentors based on the mentor’s biography and the student’s personal interests. Students/mentors arrange their interactions in different ways, such as phone or email conversations, meeting for a meal or other social occasion, or in the office or other professional setting. There is no requirement for a specific time commitment.

Below are FAQ’s containing information that should be useful to college or high school students and anyone else interested in a chemical and biomolecular engineering career. Browse through these pages to find answers to the following questions:

•    Where do chemical engineers work?  
•    How does one prepare for a career in chemical engineering?  
•    How many students graduate every year with bachelor degrees in chemical engineering? Do they find jobs? What is the average starting salary?
•   Are there any new opportunities for chemical engineering graduates?

You may also want to check the research interests of the faculty of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, as well as a list of useful external links.