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Our program provides a strong balance of research skills development and basic chemical engineering theory education to provide the PhD graduate with a strong educational portfolio to be successful within the university, industrial, or government sectors of employment.  The Chemical Engineering Systems PhD program at UL Lafayette is designed to expose the student to systems science theory as a means of addressing and solving complex technical issues within the chemical engineering arena.  Key to the success of the program is our faculty with their wide breath of expertise and international reputations in their chosen areas of research.  The research facilities within the department and numerous closely-aligned R&D institutes and centers at UL Lafayette provide a world-class research setting for our PhD students.  Several funded PhD positions are available each year for students with strong educational backgrounds.  We invite you to study the research areas of our faculty on this website and consider joining our highly accomplished PhD program.  Our faculty will work hard with you to design and implement a program of study that will allow you to achieve your career aspirations.  The obtainment of the PhD degree in chemical engineering is considered to be the pentacle of the chemical engineering field.  Come join a program whose faculty will work with you and for you to help you design your future.

For more information about our graduate programs, please contact Drs. William Chirdon (Departmental Graduate Coordinator) and Rafael Hernandez (Department Head) at and, respectively.  Interested students may also reach out to individual faculty members about their research programs and potential opportunities to join their respective R&D teams. 

Please visit  Chemical Systems Engineering Ph.D. page to find additional details about our program.

This program prepares its students for licensure or certification within the state of Louisiana. Please visit the list of licensure programs for important information if you plan to move out of state.