A distinguishing feature of chemical engineers is that they create, design and improve processes and products that are vital to our society. Today's high technology areas of biotechnology, electronic materials processing, ceramics, plastics and other high-performance materials are generating opportunities for innovative solutions that may be provided from the unique background chemical engineers possess. Many activities in which a chemical engineer participates are ultimately directed toward improving existing chemical processes, or creating new ones.
Always considered to be one of the most diverse fields of engineering, chemical engineers are employed in research and development, design, manufacturing and marketing activities. Industries served are diverse and include: energy, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food, agricultural products, polymers and plastics, materials, semiconductor processing, waste treatment, environmental monitoring and improvement and many others. There are career opportunities in traditional chemical engineering fields like energy and petrochemicals, but also in biochemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, electrochemical, materials and environmental engineering.
The chemical engineering program at Stevens is based on a solid foundation in the areas of chemical engineering science that are common to all of its branches. Courses in organic and physical chemistry, polymeric materials, biochemical engineering and process control are offered in addition to chemical engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, separations, process analysis, reactor design and process and product design. Thus, the chemical engineering graduate is equipped for the many challenges facing modern engineering professionals. Chemical engineering courses include significant use of modern computational tools and computer simulation programs. Qualified undergraduates may also work with faculty on research projects. Many of our graduates pursue advanced study in chemical engineering, bioengineering or biomedical engineering, medicine, law and many other fields.Some of our graduates pursue advanced graduate degrees at Institutions such as: Cornell - Medical School, Georgia Tech, John Hopkins, Lehigh, MIT, Stevens, UCLA, UMDMJ, and Delaware.
Most of our graduates take industrial positions. Below is a list companies that have hired our students during the past few years.
What does a chemical engineer do?
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