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What does a chemical engineer do?

Chemical engineering is concerned with the development, design, construction, and operation of processes that control a material's change in composition, energy content, or state of aggregation, transforming it into chemicals for the manufacture of consumer products that improve quality of life. Some examples include new materials, fuels, energy, paper, textiles, electronic components, and medical devices. Our chemical engineering curriculum prepares you to meet the challenges of the chemical industry, research and development, and environmental and/or energy regulations.

Typically, chemical engineers:

  • Optimize the economics and energy efficiency of chemical processes in the petroleum and specialty chemicals industries.
  • Develop, design, and implement safe, economical, and environmentally friendly chemical processes.
  • Design and operate processes to meet environmental regulations.
  • Research and develop new chemicals and materials.
  • Apply chemical engineering problem solving skills to petroleum extraction and refining operations.  
  • Explore new sources of renewable and sustainable energy.

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