• Raising A Future Scientist

    Professors Michael Baldea and Lydia Contreras launch a program to engage underrepresented middle schoolers in STEM education.
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  • Top-Ranked Graduate Programs

    The department’s graduate program maintained its No.6 spot in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, while the Cockrell School rose to No. 10.
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  • AIChE Retains E-Week Title

    For the second year in a row, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers student chapter has been crowned champions of Engineering Week.
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  • Peppas Elected to the Academy of Athens

    In recognition of his scientific contributions, Prof. Peppas has been inducted to the Academy of Athens. He is one of three UT Austin professors to have ever received this honor.
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  • Seniors Start A Legacy

    Six seniors have each pledged $5,000 over five years to create a Senior Class Endowment that will fund undergraduate research opportunities and teaching incentives. They hope others give, too.
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Did you know?

  • Department faculty were awarded the highest number of patents at UT Austin in 2010-2011
  • The department has 22.75 full-time faculty
  • Faculty have won 20 percent of major awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in recent years
  • The department has approximately 190 graduate students
  • The department has two National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates
  • The department has 30 graduate supervising faculty
  • The department has two Institute of Medicine members
  • Average starting salary for B.S. graduates is $72,800
  • Faculty have produced six successful start-up companies
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the McKetta undergraduate program No. 9

    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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