What is Chemical Engineering?
Have you ever wondered how raw materials are transformed into car parts,
involved in the production of high tech materials such as Teflon®, how materials
are used in medical applications are designed or how one would build a
fuel cell? Have
you ever thought about how all of these processes are so much more environment
than processes of 50 years ago? It is likely that chemical engineers have
a big role in the answers to these questions. Chemical engineers
use the basic principles
of chemistry, mathematics, physics ,biology and economics, combined with
technolgy to design, operate and trouble shoot processes that are used
the materials that are the building blocks of almost everything around
What do Chemical Engineers do?
A better question might be what dont chemical engineers do?
Chemical engineers use
their expertise to develop what seems like an almost infinite supply of
products and materials.
They are involved in the manufacture of our contemporary fuels
like gasoline, natural gases
and propane, and in the development of new state-of-the-art clean energy
like fuel cells. They make waterproof clothing, safety suits that
do not burn, and even
the soles of your shoes. They manufacture silicone chips to store
huge volumes of information.
They are involved in the production of the food that we eat everything
from breakfast cereals to
cookies. Chemical engineers are at the forefront of resolving environmental
improving the efficiency of processes or developing new better processes,
and controlling environmental emissions. They are involved in medical
industries through the development of new materials and the manufacture
of drugs and
medical devices. They even produce the paper that this is written
on and the printing inks
and toners are used!
Chemical Engineering graduates have gone on
to work in a variety of industries including: Nova
Chemicals, Elsag Bailey, Zenon Environmental, Dow Chemical, Dofasco, Proctor
3M, Uniroyal, Xerox Canada, DuPont, HEMOSOL, Huntsman Corporation,
Other students have completed advanced degrees including Master of Applied
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Master of Business Administration (MBA)
of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Chemical engineering graduates can also be
careers in medicine, dentistry, law, business or teaching.