Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

What Do Chemical Engineers Do?

Chemical engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science, especially chemistry, to overcome technical problems safely and economically. 

Chemical engineers strive to improve manufacturing and processing techniques, and typical tasks include maintaining, operating, troubleshooting, fixing and optimizing. For example, chemical engineers improve food processing techniques, and methods of producing fertilizers, to increase the quantity and quality of available food.

They also construct the synthetic fibers that make our clothes more comfortable and water resistant; develop methods to mass-produce drugs, making them more affordable; and create safer, more efficient methods of refining petroleum products, making energy and chemical sources more productive and cost effective.

Chemical engineers develop solutions to environmental problems, such as pollution control and remediation.

Chemical engineers also work in law, education, publishing, finance, medicine and other technical fields.

Benefits include financial reward, recognition within industry and society, and the gratification that comes from working with the processes of nature to meet the needs of society. 

Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Michelle Wik





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