According to the 2018 U.S. News and World Report, the chemical engineering graduate program at Colorado School of Mines ranks #38 in the U.S., a significant jump up from #50 in 2017. The graduate and research programs in Chemical Engineering at Mines are driven by approximately 85 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and and ably supported by approximately 100 undergradaute research assistants. The chemical and bioengineering department boasts strong programs in the areas of conventional and renewable energy, bioengineering, polymers and complex fluids, membranes and catalysis.
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