Why Chemical Engineering?

What ChemE Faculty Say …

Chemical engineers play a pivotal role in a large number of industrial, environmental, electronic, biotechnological, & biomedical applications. Through the combination of theory, simulation, & experiment, we use fundamental principles in chemical engineering (thermodynamics, transport, & kinetics) in the broad field of colloid & interface science. This enables us to solve challenging practical problems, including emulsification & surfactant self-assembly, wetting & nanomaterial synthesis, gas separations & water desalination, & drug delivery. Daniel Blankschtein


Chemical engineers are the key generators of most of the technology that forms the basis of modern humanity, including microelectronics, batteries, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, biomedical devices, fuels, textiles, packaging, food and agricultural products, and environmental remediation. Richard Braatz


I chose chemical engineering because I wanted to tackle the world’s most challenging energy problems and I knew a ChemE degree would equip me with the tools necessary to make an impact.  Fikile Bruschett


Chemical engineers have helped lead the incredible expansion in quantitative biotechnology and drug development, making groundbreaking discoveries in an exciting field that continues to evolve!  Brandon DeKosky


Chemical engineering enables us to translate our fundamental understanding of chemistry and biology into tangible improvements to people’s lives. Ariel Furst


One of the greatest challenges in understanding biological phenomena arises in integrating across multiple systems and time-scales. Chemical engineering equips students with the skills to understand biological systems across molecular and cellular scales and to engineer new functions driving innovations in biotechnology and medicine. Kate Galloway


Chemical Engineering provides an intellectual framework and toolkit for addressing a tremendous range of societally-important problems today, and it is always open to adding new tools that will be needed for tackling the big problems of the future.  William Green


Chemical Engineering allows you to manipulate matter in new and exciting ways, to be able to build something truly incredible that hadn’t been imagined before. By understanding how and why molecules assemble, flow, move and react together, it is possible to create, design and control a world of things.  Paula Hammond


Chemical engineering enables me to design molecules atom-by-atom from first-principles. It inspires me not just to understand enzymes but to unearth mechanisms that we may leverage from some of the fastest known catalysts. Heather J. Kulik


Chemical engineering is one of the broadest backgrounds one can have. It can enable you to work in so many areas – nanotechnology, materials, energy, medicine, and many others. And it can enable you to discover and invent things that can change the world.  Robert Langer


Chemical Engineering provides the intellectual framework to take your molecular concepts from ideas to scalable solutions so they can transform lives, whether it’s inventing new ways to make medicines, improving our knowledge and treatments for human disease, innovating approaches for sustainable energy, or making advanced materials with tailored properties.  J. Christopher Love


Chemical engineering involves the development of processes to manufacture a wide variety of materials from foods and pharmaceuticals to chemicals and petroleum products. Continued development and improvement of processes using energy efficient and environmentally benign methods is a continuing challenge and opportunity.  Allan S. Myerson


Chemical engineering is the perfect backdrop for our research. We engineer microbes to produce chemical compounds. Some may look at this and think biology, but if you were able to peer inside a cell, you’d witness thousands of chemical reactions inside a microbial chemical factory. Kristala L. Jones Prather


Chemical engineering designs a variety of macroscopic systems based on molecular understandings, integrating chemical, physical and biological principles to benefit health, energy, and environment.  –  Qin (Maggie) Qi


We live in a material world, and molecules are its building blocks. For me, chemical engineering is the engineering of molecules, what they can do and what they can become. –  Gregory Rutledge


Chemical Engineering is about engineering chemistry. The ability to control molecules at the atomic length scale uniquely positions chemical engineers to tackle the grand challenges of our day in energy and the environment.  Zachary Smith


Chemical engineering is the only engineering discipline founded on all three sciences, and mathematics. As such, it is well positioned for exploring discoveries and advances in chemistry, biology and physics to solve pressing problems in energy, the environment, biosciences, materials and other exciting areas. This makes ChE very relevant and also a lot of fun.  Gregory Stephanopoulos


Chemical engineering is essential for applying fundamental chemical insights to address grand challenges in climate and sustainability.  Yogesh Surendranath


A chemical engineering education provides powerful training in the foundational principles that underlie all energy conversion technologies, including transport, kinetics, and thermodynamics. William Tisdale