Growth. Learning. Exploration.
The Chemical Engineering Department is a community of scholars comprised of faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, cooperative associates and staff. Our community shares a commitment to promote excellence in education and research through individual and collective responsibility for maintaining the highest expectations and standards.
The community of scholars is more than a collection of individuals. Our community provides a supportive yet challenging environment that both promotes the exchange of ideas, collaboration, learning, and individual growth & development, and rewards innovative and creative behaviors. This synergistic community engages all members in the active pursuit of academic excellence.
Quick Facts - 2018
freshmen are women
increase in graduate students since 2012
tenured/tenure-track and affiliated faculty (2019-20)
The department boasts nearly 600 undergraduates in the program from all over the United States and the world. In addition to the core traditional chemical engineering classes in Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomenon, and Reaction Kinetics, the department also offers a number of minor programs in cutting edge focus areas, such as biochemical engineering and advanced materials.
Our graduate program is rapidly on the rise, with 145 students. Our graduate students are a diverse and highly qualified group, hailing from all over the world, including the United States, India, Turkey, some European nations and China, to name a few countries.
The current department reflects the changing face of chemical engineering today, as well as the changing landscape at Northeastern, which as a university has made a commitment to excellence in research. There are currently 26 tenured-tenure track faculty in the department, a number that continues to increase as chemical engineers increasingly work at the intersection of many disciplines. These changes are manifest not only in the diverse research that the department faculty are pursuing, but also in our curriculum, as we prepare tomorrow’s engineers for the challenges they face.
Today’s chemical engineering student is likely to see courses in tissue engineering, polymer science, or nanotechnology alongside the traditional chemical engineering courses. Together with co-op experiences and hands-on chemical engineering experiments in the unit operations courses, graduates of the program are exceptionally well prepared for any path they might choose thereafter, be it academic, industrial, or professional.