Chemical engineers are leading new developments in medicine, advanced materials, energy,
consumer products, manufacturing and environmental solutions.
Applying their knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics, chemical
engineers create processes and products that are safe, environmentally friendly, energy
efficient and economical.
From developing more efficient fuel cells to creating innovations that advance space
exploration, our chemical engineering students and faculty are at the forefront of
As a chemical engineering graduate, you can work in a variety of fields from manufacturing
and healthcare to food processing and environmental health and safety.
What will I study?
Chemical engineers are used in the energy sector to explore for new reserves of oil
and gas, process these raw materials into fuels and other useful chemicals, and developed
new technologies like solar, wind, batteries and fuel cells that are sustainable and
more environmentally sound.
Advanced Materials and Specialty Chemicals
Chemical engineers design, construct and operate unique processes to produce a range
of highly tailored chemicals like lubricants, elastomers, composites, fragrances,
polymers, and surfactants for the automobile, aerospace, cosmetics, agriculture, paper,
textile and construction industries
Chemical engineers are involved in the conception, design, construction, and operation
of research facilities and manufacturing plants that develop and produce valuable
pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical therapies. They also have to implement FDA (Food
and Drug Administration) regulations to ensure quality control over these products
Chemical engineers leverage molecular-level insight and fundamental biological understanding
with engineering principles to develop processes for producing products from natural
materials that can range from biofuels to synthetic tissue to organic semiconductors.
Chemical engineers in the food and beverage industries handle, process, prepare, package,
and preserve food and beverages. They formulate new flavors and preservatives, develop
new processes that provide more consistent texture, flavor and appearance, and design
aseptic packaging to ensure a longer shelf life.
Environmental Health and Safety
Pick an industry and chemical engineers are working there to improve the environment,
minimize waste, and protect the personal health and safety of employees and the surrounding
community. Chemical engineers help minimize waste through process monitoring and control,
and by designing new processes that are more efficient and take advantage of sustainable
The microelectronics industry is not just for electrical engineers. Many steps in
the production of microelectronics involved chemistry, from electroplating to etching.
Chemical engineers are involved in material development and production, process control,
and the manufacturing of microchips and intricate circuitry.