Preparing students for successful careers in biopharma, sustainable manufacturing, clean energy, environmental remediation, and design process.

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Change the world with chemical engineering

Chemical engineers develop products and processes that improve the well-being of humanity and touch every aspect of our lives.

From discovering new materials and developing new vaccines to solving grand challenges in sustainability and clean energy, chemical engineers change the world for the better.

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    Chemical engineers strive to maintain conditions where humanity and nature can exist in productive harmony, for both present and future generations. 

    They work on reducing the use of scarce natural resources and fossil fuels, developing technologies to recycle and reuse waste materials and eliminating the release of harmful pollutants into the environment.

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    Chemical engineers advance biomedicine including discovery and scale-up of new drugs and vaccines. Examples include large-scale manufacture of penicillin, COVID vaccine and monoclonal antibodies used in next-generation cancer therapies. They develop biomaterials for medical applications for drug/therapeutic delivery, tissue regeneration and advanced materials for implants.

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    Chemical engineers play a pivotal role in the discovery and synthesis of new materials such as multifunctional materials, nanomaterials and composites. 

    The unique properties of these materials enable development of life-transforming technologies in energy storage, electronics, healthcare, consumer products, sports equipment, construction, transportation, aerospace and defense applications.

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    Nuclear engineers design, build and develop the processes, instruments and nuclear systems that harness nuclear energy and radiation for the benefit of society and the environment. 

    Our nuclear engineering program extends its chemical domain knowledge to the field of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy applications include clean electricity generation from fission or fusion as well as naval and space propulsion, managing threats to global security and developing new radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostics and treatments.

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    Computational chemical engineering is the application of modeling, simulation and artificial intelligence to predict and control chemical processes that range from molecular to global scale. 

    With exponentially increasing computing capabilities, computational chemical engineers help solve grand challenges in areas of sustainability, clean energy, agriculture, medicine and more.

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