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With sad hearts we report the passing of former chair of chemical engineering, Professor Emeritus Irven Rinard on September 17, 2015.

Professor Rinard (or as many of us called him "Irv"), joined the ChE department at CCNY in 1987. When he came to CCNY he brought his extensive experience in industry to share with students in the classroom. His industrial experiences prior to joining CCNY included the Halcon SD Group, Inc. (1963-1986);American Cyanamid Company (1959-1963) and Dupont (1954, 1955, 1957). He received his B.S. in ChE in 1955 from the University of Delaware, his masters from MIT in 1957 and his ScD in 1962 also from MIT.


Chemical engineering is a field that is rapidly meeting new challenges in biotechnology, electronics, materials, nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, materials discovery and development, and energy.  Chemical engineers transform matter to develop more useful materials; nylon, aspirin, teflon, and plexiglass are just a few examples of chemically engineered materials that transformed our society.

At the Grove School of Engineering, outstanding chemical engineering faculty conduct funded research in nine different areas, ranging from the design of nanostructured self-assembling proteins to the development of clean fuels, and City College students have the chance to work in these labs.

City’s chemical engineering students pursue Bachelor of Engineering, Masters of Science, and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering, in order to prepare for careers in research and development, product discovery and development, plant design and operation and sales and customer support, as well as management.  Our graduates also go on to medicine, biomedical engineering, law, government and environmental protection.