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Message from the Chair

Our bioprocess engineering master’s degree is driven by the increasingly important role this field has in the world economy. Chemical engineers with expertise in biotechnology are key to the transformation of basic research results into manufacturing processes and/or commercial products. For example, microbial production of foodstuffs, specialty chemicals, biologics, pharmaceuticals, and biofuels are industrial processes that require chemical engineering development and design approaches, but practitioners must possess a strong understanding of the equipment, facilities, and methods of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Our new concentration in bioprocess engineering was designed for the student who has the basic aptitude but not the hands-on experience to step into a bioprocessing unit and begin to develop and apply real-time solutions and strategies.  Our program will bridge this experience and expertise for students who wish to pursue careers in bioprocess engineering.  This has been a long-standing but unmet need of many industries, for students to matriculate from top-notch programs with the skills that can be applied immediately in the workplace. Our program will now fulfill this need.

Our program is designed to provide our students with a unique opportunity to integrate their classroom learning with apprenticeship learning.  We are very fortunate to have close relations with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU), a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory program supported by the US DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office that also has ties to industry and other academic institutions.  It is on the cutting-edge of technology and has the facilities and expertise to train you to scale up processes from the lab to commercial relevance for a range of fuel, chemical and protein products relevant to the bioeconomy.

I am personally excited about this new program.  We have the ability to enable our students with invaluable tools and knowledge so as to catalyze their careers in the field of bioprocess engineering.  In the context of the extraordinary stature of Berkeley’s chemical engineering graduate program, our program portends an undeniable formula for student success.

Prof. Jeffrey A. Reimer
Chair, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering