Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering explores the processing of materials and the production or utilization of energy through chemical and biochemical reactions. Chemical engineers work in research and development, design and construction, environmental and waste management, and in the operation of process plants. They perform experiments and interpret data, design plants, and design and test equipment for new facilities; design waste treatment facilities and develop new ways to reduce pollution; and manage the daily activity of manufacturing plants.

Chemical Engineering students can choose a concentration in biochemical engineering, bioenergy, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, food science, or polymer science and engineering.

Uncommon Pursuits.

Chemical engineering graduates are prepared for careers in chemical processing, biotechnology, environmental remediation, traditional and sustainable energy, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and plastics industries. The work of the chemical engineer may be in research, development, design, sales, production, or in the engineering and management of process plants. These functions can be performed in a wide variety of areas, such as the chemical process industries, the petroleum and related (coal and shale) industries, pollution control, nuclear energy, biology and medicine, food, business, and patent law. Students with a degree in chemical engineering are also well prepared for careers in the biomedical engineering industry and medical school.

Alumni work at:

  • Dow Corning
  • Monsanto
  • 3M
  • Ashland Chemical
  • International Paper
  • Dupont
  • Motorola

Alumni work as:

  • Process engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Advisors
  • Materials engineers
  • Production supervisors
  • Environmental testing engineers
  • Patent attorneys

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