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Chemical Engineering


With a focus on design and hands-on laboratory experience, the department of chemical engineering produces graduates who find success in fields ranging from biotechnology and environmental affairs to manufacturing and chemical industries.

Our program offers students a comprehensive education, including fundamentals of engineering and science, process design, problem-solving and analysis skills, coursework in solids/particle processing and communications skills.

Our chemical engineering program emphasizes design through a four-year sequence of courses and hands-on laboratory experience. Students employ theoretical content in their lab experiments such as the effect of feed flow and reflux ratio on the quality of separation by distillation. Distillation is used in many industries such as the petroleum and chemical industries to separate mixtures. Students also investigate the effect of air temperature and flow on the degree of drying in a spray dryer. Spray drying is employed in industries such as the food and pharmaceutical industries to produce powders from liquid mixtures. Students also enjoy our small class sizes and high degree of faculty assistance.

Department Spotlight

Standout chemical engineers putting their training to work.

  Eduardo Torres

Eduardo Torres, '16

This environmental engineer at Carollo Engineers spends his days designing critical water and wastewater treatment plants.

  Angel Thompson

Angel Thompson, '15 

Angel went on to earn her master's degree and now conducts research at Children’s National Hospital in the Rare Disease Institute.

  Travis Asbury

Travis Asbury, '17

Now a consultant at SLR International, Travis provides services focused on environmental air quality.