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 Sloan Career. Cornerstone Center; there's also a video.
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.
Mark Swihart co-authors pioneering study to gauge toxicity of quantum dots in primates, with a hopeful outcome for doctors and scientists seeking new ways to battle diseases like cancer through nanomedicine. >>
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. >>
In collaboration with researchers from Praxair, Inc., the group of Mark Swihart has developed a new technology for producing nanoparticles of copper, silver, palladium and other metals and their alloys. >>