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Oregon State University School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
Dear Alumni and Friends,

With spring term underway, we are just a few short weeks away from Commencement and the end of an academic year unlike any in memory. 

I want to recognize the creativity and dedication of our faculty and staff — as well as our many alumni and stakeholders — who have kept our research, education, and public service missions going. In particular, I want to commend their outstanding efforts to support our students.

One student shared the following about two of his professors: “[They] went beyond academics. I could tell they really cared about their students as people and took into account things that happen outside of the classroom.”

I also want to acknowledge the tremendous research that has continued through the pandemic. A recent analysis found that a number of our faculty rank among the world’s top 2% of scholars in their respective fields, including Christopher Daly, Elain Fu, Kaichang Li, Gregory L. Rorrer, Lewis Semprini, and Brian D. Wood. 

As I look ahead to the end of the year and as we plan for the next, I am encouraged by a strong sense of optimism for the future of CBEE. After reading this newsletter, I hope you share that feeling too.


Gregory S. Herman, Ph.D.
Head of the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
Professor of Chemical Engineering
James and Shirley Kuse Chair in Chemical Engineering
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