The mission of the MIT’s Chemical Engineering Department comprises three key areas:


To offer academic programs that prepare students to master physical, chemical, and biological processes, engineering design, and synthesis skills; creatively shape and solve complex problems, such as translating molecular information into new products and processes; and exercise leadership in industry, academia, and government in terms of technological, economic, and social issues.


To provide a vibrant interdisciplinary research program that attracts the best young people; creatively shapes engineering science and design through interfaces with chemistry, biology, and materials science; and contributes to solving the technological needs of the global economy and human society.

Social responsibility

To promote active and vigorous leadership by our people in shaping the scientific and technological context of debates around social, political, economic, and environmental issues facing the country and the world.