Thank you for your interest in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Chemical engineering is concerned with the development, design, construction, and operation of processes wherein materials undergo a change in composition, energy content, or state of aggregation and are transformed into chemicals for the manufacture of consumer products that improve the quality of life of society. Some examples include new materials, fuels, energy, paper, textiles, electronic components, and medical devices. Our chemical engineering curriculum prepares graduates to meet the challenges of the chemical industry, research and development, and environmental and/or energy regulations. The versatility of our curriculum, including a broad base of engineering and basic science courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics, also prepares our graduates to pursue advanced degrees in specialty areas directly related with chemical engineering, as well as other careers including medicine, and pharmacy. Our faculty members are outstanding teachers and researchers. They instill in our students the importance of life long learning, initiative, leadership, service, and mission-oriented attitudes to apply chemical engineering to the betterment of society by contributing to the improvement and/or creation of new chemical processes that are environmentally friendly, sustainable, safe, and economical.
We also have a new PhD program in Systems Engineering geared toward the rapid design and development of large and complex systems. Our department specializes in the research and development of processes to produce/design new materials and manufacturing operations, as well as biofuels, bioproducts, and renewable energy. Our graduate students are trained on the principles of Six Sigma, and process integration to gain a total system's understanding of the research. Our faculty members are working on projects funded by state and federal agencies, including the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Louisiana Board of Regents.
If you are interested in our chemical engineering undergraduate or graduate programs, feel free to call, email, or visit our facilities. We would be happy to provide a tour of our facilities and the university. We strive for excellence and service. We have a student-centered program, and we would like to facilitate your educational experience from application to graduation.
For More Information About the Department Please Contact:
Dr. Rafael Hernandez
Professor and Department Head
J. Madison Nelson/BORF Professorship
Associate Director of the Energy Institute
Department of Chemical Engineering
PO Box 44130
Lafayette, LA 70504-4130
Madison Hall, Room 217 D
For Information About the New Ph.D. Program or
For Information About Applying for the M.S. Degree
Dr. William Chirdon
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Madison Hall, Room 216B
P. O. Box 44130
Lafayette, LA 70504-4130