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Chemical Engineering - Student Opportunities

The Chemical Engineering department offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduate research projects. Your professors will act as mentors in the lab as you apply classroom lessons to hands-on work. Many of our students also gain experience through internships in industry during their Rose‑Hulman careers.

Facilities & Resources

At Rose-Hulman, you’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge to the test in our Unit Operations Laboratory and High Bay Lab, where you’ll work closely with faculty mentors.
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High Bay Lab

Our High Bay Lab houses 20 unit operation projects where you’ll learn about chemical engineering processes.
Male student working in Unit Operations Lab.

Unit Operations Lab

More than 20 different experimental modules are available for unit operations lab projects here, including distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction, drying, filtration, microfiltration, and membrane separations.

Research Opportunities

Our faculty researchers combine years of industry experience with Undergraduate research opportunities Meet some of our faculty and learn more about their areas of expertise and current projects below.

Dr. Henthorn pour a substance from a beaker to a metal container.

Kimberly H. Henthorn, Gas-liquid microfluidic flows

Dr. Henthorn’s research involves the characterization of transitional bubble and liquid profiles during bubble breakup periods, and may also include investigation into the effect of fluid rheology on pressure drop profiles in these systems. 

Dr. Nolte speaking to students.

Dr. Adam Nolte, Polyelectrolyte multilayer films

Dr. Nolte’s research focuses on the processing of ultrathin polymer coatings by alternating adsorption of positively and negatively charged polymers (polyelectrolytes) and how various methods used to adsorb the polyelectrolytes affect the ability of the resulting PEM to swell in humid air.

Dr. McClellan works with female student in classroom.

Scott J. McClellan, Biodegradable drug delivery vehicles

Dr. McClellan’s oversees student researchers seeking to create and characterize drug-loaded nanoparticles. Their work includes particle size analysis, quantification of drug loading, and complete release studies.

Department News

Read about the latest news and events in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
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Class of ’24 Graduates Honored for Scholastic Successes, Campus Leadership

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Students Recognized for Top-of-Class, Academic Department Achievements

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Martin Serbezov, Natalie D. Green, and Lydia J. West

Chemical Engineering Names Spring Quarter 2023-2024 Noel E. Moore Achievement Award Recipients


"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

- Steve Jobs

Co-founder, Apple Computer

Dr. Kimberly Henthorn

Dr. Kimberly Henthorn

A member of the Rose-Hulman faculty since 2010, Dr. Kim Henthorn specializes in particle technology and two-phase microfluidic systems. As head of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Henthorn is currently conducting research with students on the science and engineering of chocolate production and has worked with fellow faculty members to introduce new experiments into the chemical engineering laboratory. The Rose-Hulman alumna has gained industry experience by working for Dow Chemical, Reilly Industries, and Pfizer, and serving as a consultant for Mo-Sci Corporation, Brewer Science, and DuPont.

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Contact Us

Department of Chemical Engineering
Olin Hall
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
Launch Root Quad
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