Exciting times in an exciting department

Groundbreaking research

These are exciting times in Missouri S&T’s chemical and biochemical engineering department, as department faculty are doing groundbreaking research in fields ranging from carbon dioxide sequestration and alternative energy, to cancer prevention and novel batteries.

State-of-the-art laboratories

And they’re doing it in state-of-the-art laboratories in James E. Bertelsmeyer Hall, the department’s new $22.3 million home.

Renowned faculty

As a chemical engineering student, you’ll learn from and conduct research alongside respected faculty members in research labs like the Sue and Dennis Parker Research Lab or the Phillips66 Research Lab.

Gifted students

And you’ll work and study with gifted students. The department’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) won the 2011 Outstanding Chapter Award, which is given annually to chapters that show an exceptional level of participation, enthusiasm, program quality, professionalism, and involvement in the university and community. And the department’s Chem-E-Car Design Team earned first place at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ 2014 Mid-America Regional Conference.


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Outstanding alumni

Twenty-one thousand, three-hundred ninety-five. That’s the difference between Kyle Lampe, the English literature scholar and Kyle Lampe, the chemical engineer. That number is the difference in enrollment between Iowa State University (26,110) and Missouri S&T (4,715) when Lampe started college in 1999.

Kyle Lampe, alumnus

Close-knit S&T launches Lampe to success

Twenty-one thousand, three-hundred ninety-five. That’s the difference between Kyle Lampe, the English literature scholar and Kyle Lampe, the chemical engineer. That number is the difference in enrollment between Iowa State University (26,110) and Missouri S&T (4,715) when Lampe started college in 1999.

Bigger was not better for Lampe, who earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering at Missouri S&T in 2004, and now is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Virginia.

“I didn’t want to go to Iowa State because it was just too big,” says Lampe, who grew up in Clarinda, Iowa – a town of 5,806. “I felt like I would get lost there.

“When I went to Rolla, it was the right size school. I didn’t know anybody, but I got to know a lot of people, and the professors knew your name. When I got to Rolla … everybody was on equal footing. Nerdy was cool.”

These days, Lampe leads his own “nerdy” engineering students in cutting-edge research that may one day lead to cures or treatments for diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and people who have suffered a stroke or a spinal cord injury. The work is done through the Lampe Biomaterials Group, which launched at U.Va. in 2014. [Read more]