• Five Great UT Ideas

    Adam Heller’s glucose monitoring technology was recently featured as a great UT invention worth knowing about.
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  • Undergrad Program Ranked No.6

    U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the department’s undergraduate program No.6, while the Cockrell School held its No.10 spot at the college level.
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  • Cockrell School Welcomes New Faculty

    Delia Milliron was one of fourteen engineers welcomed to the Forty Acres this semester. Read her Q&A to find out what she enjoys most about her field of nanostructured materials.
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  • Adam Heller Awarded Torbern Bergman Medal in Analytical Chemistry

    The award honors Heller’s work on ground-breaking diabetes management products that have improved the quality of life of millions.
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Did you know?

  • The department has two Institute of Medicine members
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the McKetta undergraduate program No. 9
  • Faculty have won 20 percent of major awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in recent years
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the McKetta graduate program No.6
  • Department faculty were awarded the highest number of patents at UT Austin in 2010-2011
  • Average starting salary for B.S. graduates is $72,800
  • The department has 22.75 full-time faculty
  • The average starting salary for Ph.D. graduates is $95,423
  • The department generates $14.5 million in annual research funding
  • Five faculty members are among the top 25 most cited chemical engineers in the world

    Meet our Faculty

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    Lydia Contreras

    Assistant Professor Contreras works in Bioengineering with specific interests in RNA-protein interactions, RNA-protein folding; Novel molecular tools for intracellular studies of RNA-metabolism; Protein engineering for novel mechanisms of molecular recognition; Diagnostics for RNA-related diseases; Discovery of drugs targeting RNAs; Optimization strategies for therapeutic RNA/protein expression.

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