Express your engineering creativity

The Meldrum Innovation Laboratory

Thanks to generous alumni, our department has been able to break new ground in hands-on chemical engineering education, through the Meldrum Innovation Lab (MIL). The MIL is open to our students for classes, research, or just for socializing and working on personal projects with friends throughout the day.  Plan with your team in the Williams Design Studio. Build your creations in the Starley Makerspace.  Test and validate your designs in the Job Wet Lab.

Gain New Skills

Laser Cutting, Scanning Electron Microscopy with Elemental Analysis, Soldering, FDM & SLA 3-D Printing, CNC Machining, Spectrophotometry, Microfluidics, and more.

Make Connections

The MIL is a place where students team-up to create engineering solutions and life-long friendships. The MIL is the home of several student groups, such as our K-12 Outreach ChemE Car teams.

Get experience on large-scale engineering equipment

The Unit Operation Laboratory

This lab is used to train our students on pilot scale unit operations equipment and help them apply what they learn in their advanced courses to real-world systems. This 6,400 ft2 of space also contains several satellite laboratories: a wet lab, biochemical engineering lab, reactor lab, and analytical lab.

UO Equipment

Distillation column, gas stripper, spray drier, hydrogen fuel cell, extruder, heat exchangers, continuous and catalytic reactors, reverse osmosis, and more

Analytical Equipment

Differential scanning calorimeter, densitometer, gas and liquid chromatographs, flame AA, FTIR, and more

Simulate real-world engineering solutions

The ICC & Starley Computer Laboratories

Our students have exclusive access to several computer facilities, each equipped with the hardware and software they will be using as professional chemical engineers. The ICC (Industrial Computing Center) is used for classes, discussion, and general student use. The Starley Computer Lab is connected to our Unit Operations Laboratory and is used in the analysis of data that student teams gather in the laboratory.


Students have free access to a great variety of free software through our computer facilities. From coding to CAD to process simulation software, our students leave with substantial experience using powerful computing tools.

Work Remotely

All our teaching software may be accessed via remote machines, and student may work on their process simulations from anywhere they have an internet connection. They may obtain no-cost programs for their personal computers through