UB - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Chemical and Biological Engineering

Constituencies

The constituency of the CE undergraduate program are those who it serves. Our constituency comprises the following groups

  • current students
  • alumni
  • employers of our graduates
  • graduate and professional schools where our students pursue further study

Input from these constituencies is used to establish the appropriateness and attainment of our Program Educational Objectives.

Current students. Current undergraduates are served by us only in the sense that they will someday apply what we teach them. They do not yet have the experience to know whether the education they received from us is appropriate and effective. Therefore we do not solicit their input regarding the suitability of our program objectives. However, current students do know whether the implementation of our curricular program is coherent and effective, and their input is the first line of information we have regarding the quality of our program's implementation.

Alumni. We expect that the education our students receive will have a lifelong impact on their professional careers. Typically our graduates will work on a many different projects in their lifetime, and will probably serve more than one employer. It is important that their education prepare them for the variety of challenges that they face.

Employers. Most of our students take a position with a company that expects the graduate to apply his or her chemical engineering education to advance the company's interests. Each company has problems that are specific to its industry, and it is impossible for us to train all of our students on the technical details of all possible products and processes that are of importance to every company employing our graduates. Thus our aim is not to train, but to educate. An employer should expect our graduates to be ready to understand the broad features of their problems, to acquire and develop detailed understanding in a timely fashion, and to possess the skills needed to advance and communicate a solution.

Graduate education institutions. Approximately 20% of each graduating class elects to continue their education through graduate study. Most of these students continue toward a higher degree in chemical engineering, while a few others choose a professional school, usually medicine. Institutions accepting these students for their program should expect that they arrive with the education necessary to move ahead with their education, and that remedial studies are not required.