2021 - 26 Chemistry & Chemical Biology Department Strategic Plan 

Message from the Chair

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) at Stevens is known for its legacy of fostering and nurturing groundbreaking, world-class innovation. Dr. Irving Langmuir, a former Stevens Chemistry faculty member, won the 1932 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discoveries in surface chemistry. CCB was among the first to offer an undergraduate Chemical Biology degree in 1978 and today remains at the forefront of chemical biology with our internationally recognized faculty in the healthcare domain as well as with professionally diverse experiences in academia and industry.

As the world around us continuous to evolve, we are presented with new challenges to address and new opportunities to explore. Especially, we know that Covid-19 is fundamentally reshaping the landscape of higher education. At the same time, this pandemic highlights in the most compelling way how important the mission of CCB is to our society and provides us with a historic occasion to reflect our past and project the future as an academic unit.

I extend my gratitude to the CCB faculty members who worked tirelessly together to develop this Strategic Plan through candid discussion, exhilarating brainstorming, benchmarking, and consensus seeking. This planning process was inclusive, receiving feedback from our students, administrators, alumni, and advisors. With the broader CCB community’s support, I am strongly committed to leading and empowering the CCB faculty and working with the administration to secure human and financial resources for the successful implementation of our plan. As Stevens continues to be a resource-lean institution despite its recent growth, we must be flexible, agile, focused, and selective in pursuant of our strategic initiatives in the most meaningful and impactful way.

Woo Lee

Professor and Chair