Advanced Chemical Engineering (ACE) Certificate Program

The Advanced Chemical Engineering Certificate Program offers professionals in chemical engineering, and related fields in biology and biomedical engineering, the opportunity to enroll in a sequence of existing graduate courses in the UC Davis Department of Chemical Engineering that focus on advanced chemical engineering. The program provides a competitive advantage in admission to Ph.D. and master’s degree programs in chemical engineering at UC Davis —ranked #28 among U.S. graduate school programs according to U.S. News and World Report 2015 rankings—and other leading U.S. universities. Other benefits include:


(Left to right: Shilpa Narasimhan, ACE program alumna 2014, Sifti Duhra-Gill, ACE certificate recipient 2015, Divya Srinivasan, ACE certificate recipient 2015, Alisha Bartolomucci, M.A., graduate program coordinator, and Roland Faller, Ph.D., chair, Chemical Engineering). Sifti Durha-Gil and Divya Srinivasan celebrate the completion of the program in 2015. Sifti plans to return to UC Davis to pursue an M.S. in Chemical Engineering.

  • Interacting with University of California faculty in small personalized settings (typically 20 students or fewer in each class)
  • Earning a UC Davis Advanced Chemical Engineering Certificate
  • Strengthening your résumé and advancing your career by demonstrating proficiency in graduate-level chemical engineering coursework.
  • For international students: Making progress toward graduate-degree coursework in chemical engineering at the #9 ranked U.S. public research university at a fraction of the cost and, if needed, practicing and improving your English language skills in the United States

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This program is suitable for chemical engineers, chemists, biomedical engineers, food scientists, petroleum engineers and any other qualified professionals or scholars.

Program Dates

September-March each year. International participants may also take an optional, 10-week Intensive English course the summer before you begin the Advanced Chemical Engineering Program.

Academic Credit

Participants in the Advanced Chemical Engineering Certificate Program earn 19-20 units of academic credit in the required courses and laboratory sections. Up to 12 units of academic credit from the Advanced Chemical Engineering Certificate Program may be transferred to a graduate-degree program at the University of California, Davis.

The faculty coordinator will provide an acceptable course alternative in the event of a course cancellation.

Lead Faculty

Roland Faller - ACERoland Faller, Ph.D., is the co-chair of the UC Davis Department of Chemical Engineering. His research focuses on molecular simulation of soft materials including polymers, proteins and biomembranes. He earned his Dr. rer. nat. in physics from the University of Mainz, Germany, for work at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research before doing postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

William Ristenpart - ACEWilliam Ristenpart, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Chemical Engineering. His research interests include microfluidic manipulation and characterization of biological systems, and electric field effects in complex fluids and biological suspensions. Ristenpart earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University and did his post-doctoral work at Harvard University.