Research Partnerships


Please contact Rachel Segalman, Department Chair, at (805) 893-3709 or by email at

The UCSB Department of Chemical Engineering welcomes and encourages research partnerships with other institutions, organizations, and companies. Countless universities in the United States have partnered with UCSB Chemical Engineering on collaborative research efforts. We would like to thank our research partners for enhancing the success of our projects by way of collaboration.

Benefits of Partnership

  • Talent. We recruit the best and brightest of chemical engineering students who are available to partner with your company.
  • Leading Edge Research. Your partnership sponsors interdisciplinary research that is at the forefront of engineering research in a number of highly industry-relevant areas. 
  • Economic Advantage. Leveraging research partnerships provides financial and economic benefits. For example, the Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials has a remarkable record of innovation with over 160 patents filed worldwide and an average research expenditure per patent (a measure of innovation efficiency) that is 1/10th that of a typical research university program and 20% lower than the average of technology companies.

Partnership Opportunities


Our corporate partners find the new talent they need from students who graduate from UCSB across many disciplines in engineering and the sciences. UCSB has been recognized as one of the Top 10 best colleges for employers who want to hire high quality graduates. Recruitment teams can host information sessions and interview students on-campus as vendors at UCSB's quarterly career fairs. To learn more about student recruitment as an employer, contact UCSB Career Services

Collaborative Research Programs

Companies of all sizes can benefit by supporting research in exciting new areas of chemical engineering. Research in partnership with UCSB and the Department of Chemical Engineering can involve interdisciplinary centers and institutes, such as the Materials Research Laboratory, the Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials, and the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies. Talk to the Corporate Programs Office for engineering and the sciences about partnering with the campus.


Researchers at UCSB and the Department of Chemical Engineering develop new technologies and intellectual property that, in partnership with companies, help bring new innovations to the marketplace and society. Contact the UCSB Office of Technology & Industry Alliances to learn more about technology development and licensing.


Resources and unique benefits are available to companies seeking to develop a deep relatioship with UCSB and the Department of Chemical Engineering. Learn more about our Corporate Affiliates Program.

Student Scholarships & Fellowships

Scholarship and Fellowship investments help recruit and retain the most promising students in the Chemical Engineering graduate program. To learn more about giving to UCSB and supporting students, contact Mehgan Tanner, Director of Development for Engineering and the Sciences.

Endowed Chairs

Support in the form of an Endowed Chair is one of the most important types of gifts to the Department and the campus. These highly prized academic positions are supported by earnings from invested funds, and proceeds from the endowment provide enrichment - such as research money and support for instruction - that are important to the recruitment and retention of the world's greatest scholars. View a list of current UCSB Endowed Chairs and contact Steve Ramirez for more information

Industry Collaborations

  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • DuPont
  • BASF Corporation
  • Akzo Nobel
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Pfizer
  • Eli Lilly
  • Amgen
  • Life Technologies
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • 3M
  • Air Products
  • Exxon-Mobil
  • Chevron
  • Shell
  • Aramco
  • Halliburton

International Academic Collaborations

  • University of Queensland
  • Université de Montreal
  • Helsinki University of Technology
  • Université de Paris
  • École Normale Superiore, Lyon
  • Centre de Recherché en Matiere Condensée et Nanosciences, Marseille
  • Max Plank Institut 
  • Stuttgart University
  • Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
  • Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
  • University of Milano - Bicocca
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid