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Where do Chemical Engineers Work?

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Chemical engineering is a discipline influencing numerous areas of technology. In broad terms, chemical engineers conceive and design processes to produce, transform, and transport materials — beginning with experimentation in the laboratory followed by the implementation of the technology in full-scale production.


Chemical engineers are in great demand because of the large number of industries that depend on the synthesis and processing of chemicals and materials. In addition to traditional careers in the chemical, energy, and oil industries, chemical engineers enjoy increasing opportunities in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronic device fabrication, and environmental engineering. The unique training of the chemical engineer becomes essential in these areas when processes involve the chemical or physical transformation of matter.

To do these jobs, the chemical engineer must have a complete and quantitative understanding of both the engineering and scientific principles underlying these technological processes. This is reflected in the curriculum of the Chemical Engineering Department, which includes the study of applied mathematics, material and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, energy and mass transfer, separations technologies, chemical reaction kinetics, and reactor design, and process design. These courses are built on a foundation in the sciences of chemistry, physics, and biology.

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People with undergraduate and graduate chemical engineering degrees go on to work in the industry, academia, consulting, law, medicine, finance, and other fields. For more information, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) offers an online database that lists the companies that are the most prolific hirers of its members. The Chemical Engineers in Action site shows the variety of things that chemical engineers can do. 


Unlimited possibilities as Chemical Engineers

Chemical engineers are making a difference in the quality of life every day for everyone. These videos will give you an introduction to Stanford ChemE. 

Stanford course teaches students the science of art materials. The course requires some exposure to chemistry, but the students vary in terms of their interests and experiences in art and science. The class is co-taught by Professor Curt Frank, in the Chemical Engineering Department. 

The research in Bent’s group focuses on understanding and controlling surface and interfacial chemistry and applying this knowledge to a range of problems in semiconductor processing, micro- and nano-electronics, nanotechnology, and sustainable and renewable energy.