Chemical Engineering

What is chemical engineering?

What is Chemical Engineering?
Chemical Engineering combines the principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology with engineering practices in order to improve the human environment. This definition is intentionally broad because Chemical Engineers work in a wide range of industries.

Chemical engineers invent, develop, design, operate, and manage processes. We make products that meet society’s needs. We play key roles in industries as varied as petroleum, petrochemicals, food, materials, specialty chemicals, power production, environmental control, waste management, and biotechnology. Examples of chemical engineering processes include: the refining of crude oil by distillationproduction of insulin through a fermentation process, and catalytic converters for reducing automotive emissions.

How important is Chemical Engineering in today’s world?
Very important, essential, or fundamental may be used to describe chemical engineering. We work in both well-established industries and at the cutting edge of: Sustainability, Alternative Energy, Environmental Protection, and Food Production.

Where do Chemical Engineers work?
Around Toledo, Ohio, the United States, and every country in the world.

What type of work does a Chemical Engineer do?
In general, a Chemical Engineer works with chemical processes to create valuable products or services. A Chemical Engineer may be involved in: Production Supervision, Scale-up of Laboratory Processes to Industrial Size, Economic Analyses, Pollution Prevention and Control, Health and Safety, Automatic Control of Processes, Computer Simulation of Plants for Optimum Operation, Design of In-Plant Improvements for more Economical Operation, Management, Technical Marketing. Others apply their chemical engineering training to become leaders and managers in business, doctors, lawyers, and more. 

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Last Updated: 6/27/22