Chemical engineers deal with the transformation of raw materials into useful products that have an impact on virtually every facet of human life.
Many of these products are commodities obtained from oil and natural gas, such as soaps, detergents, cosmetics, liquid and gaseous fuels, synthetic fibers and plastics. While the petrochemical industry will continue to provide employment for many scientists and engineers, chemical engineers must be prepared to participate in the development of the newer and emerging technologies, such as those based on ceramics, biochemicals, and electronic materials.
Also, chemical engineers work on problems of energy conservation and environmental pollution.
See an excellent description of all the different kinds of work that chemical engineers do and the different kinds of careers open to chemical engineers, prepared by the Cornerstone Center.
Learn about the many significant advancements that chemical engineers have made to our world.
See what our alumni say about what they do as chemical engineers.
Dr. Swihart will receive the 2013 Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal, from the WNY section of the American Chemical Society for his fundamental discoveries in the field of nanoparticle synthesis and processing.
Molecular engineering of novel membrane materials for gas and vapor separations, such as CO2 capture from power plant syngas and flue gas, natural gas purifications, olefin/paraffin separations, and so on.
David Kofke and Andrew Schultz awarded for development of the etomica modules, a community-developed suite of interactive simulations helping students understand molecular origins of macroscopic behaviors. >>
Computational simulation of template-assisted self-assembly of magnetic core-shell nanoparticles into a tapered hexagonal closed-packed multilayed structure compared with corresponding image taken from the literature.