50th Anniversary

The Chemical Engineering Department's 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Join us April 27th and 28th 2017 to celebrate 50 years of UCSB's Department of Chemical Engineering.

This celebration coincides with the 2017 All Gaucho Reunion at UCSB.

Events include:

  • Party on La Playa - Thursday April 27, 2017 - 5:00 PM - Area A Goleta Beach - Drinks and Tacos on the beach in Santa Barbara, it can't get much better.

  • Chemical Engineering 50th Anniversary Celebration - Friday April 28, 2017 - 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM - Loma Pelona Center (map) - Celebrate the past, present and future of Chemical Engineering at UCSB. Presentations by Distinguished Faculty, Emeriti and Alumni highlighting 50 years of service. Breakfast and Lunch will be served. Space is limited.

  • Alumni "Catch Up with Cocktails" Poster Session - Friday April 28, 2017 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Loma Pelona Center (map) - An opportunity to catch up with former classmates and professors while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, drinks and learning about the research current students are conducting.

  • Chemical Engineering 50th Anniversary Dinner - Friday April 28, 2017 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - The Club at UCSB - The 50th Anniversary Celebration Finale. Space is limited.


Registration - Invited guest will receive an email with further details and information on how to register. If you have questions please email cheinfo@engineering.ucsb.edu

The UCSB Department of Chemical Engineering was founded in 1966 by Professor Emeritus Robert Rinker, who was hired by UCSB in 1965 to form the department. Rinker recruited Jack Meyers, the first chair of the Chemical Engineering Department. And together they recruited additional faculty members, including Duncan Mellichamp and Orville Sandall, to help shape and grow the department. The first Bachelor of Science degree was awarded in 1968, the first MS degree in 1969, and the first PhD in 1971.

Over the past 50 years the Chemical Engineering Department has grown in both size and prestige, and our graduate program is frequently ranked within the top ten chemical engineering graduate programs in the country. Read more about recent department and faculty accomplishments here.