About the Department

Within WPI’s Chemical Engineering Department are some of the brightest minds in the field, working on cutting-edge research that can help improve lives, address concerns that face humanity, and solve tough problems. Using fuel cells as a renewable source of energy and solutions from nature to help solve health concerns are just two areas of groundbreaking discovery you’ll find here.

We work hard to shape young scientific minds in a familial, friendly, tight-knit atmosphere. You’ll be made to feel welcome from the very first day, forming strong bonds with your professors and fellow students that will benefit you professionally and personally.

Against the backdrop of world-class facilities—which include Goddard Hall and the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park—you'll work in interdisciplinary teams that combine the best of each discipline to innovate and create, earning hands-on experience you'll take with you long after you leave WPI.

This learning happens in the lab, in the classroom, and through our innovative, hands-on projects program, a hallmark of WPI. Our students travel both around the world and around the corner to work on solutions to some of society’s most perplexing problems, completing a Humanities and Arts Project, an Interactive Qualifying Project, and a Major Qualifying Project before graduation.

Contact us to find out more about the great work we’re doing in the Chemical Engineering Department.

 
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    Faculty Profile

    Name: David DiBiasio
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor and Department Head

    DiBiasio has been head of the Chemical Engineering Department since 2006. He was elected a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2009.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Terri Camesano
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Camesano studies how cranberry juice can block staph infections from developing in the body, as well as topics in environmental engineering.

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  • William M. Clark

    Faculty Profile

    Name: William M. Clark
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Clark holds a PhD from Rice University. His interests include industrial and environmental separation processes, particularly those with applications in biotechnology.

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  • Ravindra Datta

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Ravindra Datta
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    WPI Fuel Cell Center Director Datta and his colleagues aim to improve the fuel cell, an environmentally friendly power source for use in diverse applications.

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  • N. Aaron Deskins

    Faculty Profile

    Name: N. Aaron Deskins
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Deskins joined the WPI faculty in 2009. His research interests include energy production, environmental control, and nanomaterials research and development.

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  • Anthony G. Dixon

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Anthony G. Dixon
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Dixon was recently elected a Fellow of the Institute by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He earned the 2009 WPI Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research.

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  • Nikolaos K. Kazantzis

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Nikolaos K. Kazantzis
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Kazantzis became a full professor of chemical engineering in 2011 and is an internationally recognized authority on the nonlinear control of dynamical systems.

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  • Yi Hua Ma

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Yi Hua Ma
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    In 2010, Ma’s Center for Inorganic Membrane Studies received a $1.5 million, 15-month Department of Energy award to study palladium membranes, used in coal gas electric plants.

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  • Robert W. Thompson

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Robert W. Thompson
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Thompson's interests include applied kinetics and reactor analysis, especially as applied to analysis of particulate systems.

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  • Hong Susan Zhou

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Hong Susan Zhou
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Before joining WPI in 2005 as Leonard P. Kinnicutt Professor, Zhou taught at the University of California, Irvine, and gained experience as a process engineer at Newport Corp.

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