Chemical Engineering

Jessica Bain
D’André Wilson-Ihejirika

Chemical Engineering is a form of engineering that deals with chemical reactions. This can be in the form of applied chemistry on a laboratory scale, to industrial size processes.

Chemical engineers design and optimize chemical reactions. A chemical engineer must apply chemistry, physics and math to create and manipulate mathematical models for chemical processes. Chemical engineers are also detrimental in designing industrial plants, and must be able to look at the big picture, taking into account multiple processes and show how they interact and affect each other.

Chemical engineers work in a variety of industries, from pharmaceuticals, to food manufacturing to petroleum and renewable energy. Chemical engineers can be found in any industry where it is required to use chemical processes to create a product.

Chemical engineering is such a rewarding career because you are able to apply chemistry to make new and innovative products that affect everything we do. All of the medicine, packaged foods, and plastic products that we use every day were made possible by the input of chemical engineers. And because chemical engineers must look at the big picture when designing plants, they can work in a multitude of non-chemical fields because that problem-solving ability is transferable to industries like finance, IT, and business management.