The mission of the graduate program in Chemical Engineering is to prepare students to be leaders in industry, government, or academia. The field of engineering is continuously evolving and alumni with the advanced education and research skills associated with obtaining graduate degrees have the flexibility, breadth, and depth to become leaders as the problems of tomorrow arise.
A graduate degree in chemical or petroleum engineering opens up many possible career paths. Opportunities exist in industry, academia, and national laboratories. Industrial positions include the typical plant/project work with increased/advanced management opportunities. In addition, research and process development positions are possible. Similar research positions are also available at national laboratories. With a doctoral degree, positions in academia requiring both classroom teaching and laboratory research are possible.
As a graduate student, you will be exposed to all areas of chemical engineering, as appropriate, through the required course work, student chosen electives, department seminars, and graduate assistant responsibilities in and out of the classroom. This broad exposure will include experience delivering professional presentations, design and conduct of experiments, data analysis, and professional technical writing. In addition, you will obtain depth in your field of study through advanced elective and research based coursework to assist in your research project. Finally, as part of your research project, you will become an expert in your chosen field of engineering study and develop new knowledge to advance your field.
The Department of Chemical Engineering Supports three professional societies which students can participate in: