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.

Department Roadmap Statement Concerning Health and Diversity

  • We are a community that cares about the mental and physical health of our students, faculty and staff first and foremost
  • We value diversity in and inclusion of our students, faculty and staff and appreciate their backgrounds and opinions
  • We remain committed to MIT’s goals of increasing the percentage of faculty and graduate students from under-represented groups
  • We are inspired by the MIT 2004 pledge and seek to accomplish progress in diversification of our Department and our field
  • We pledge to create and implement an action plan towards full achievement of the goals stated in 2004 and the recommendations of the 2010 report on Faculty and Diversity