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Our Mission

"Tomorrow's chemical engineer needs to display a range of talents, knowledge, and interests that extend beyond traditional engineering capabilities; that allow chemical engineers to leverage traditional skills with future opportunities."

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(Adapted from the AIChE report The Global Environment for Chemical Engineers)

The Department of Chemical Engineering strives for nationally recognized excellence in engineering education and research by using modern, hands-on, and active learning experiences to prepare undergraduate students for professional success, and to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and protect the environment in performance of their professional duties.


The Department of Chemical Engineering produces chemical engineers with a strong foundation of technical, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills required for professional success, consistent with the following objectives.

Program Educational Objectives

The Department of Chemical Engineering educational objectives are to produce graduates who:

  • Pursue careers where they apply their engineering and problem-solving skills
  • Pursue advanced studies or other forms of continuing education, and
  • Value their UMD chemical engineering education and endorse the program and its students.
Student Outcomes

The Chemical Engineering Department will produce graduates who have:

  • (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

    (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

    (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

    (d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

    (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

    (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

    (g) an ability to communicate effectively

    (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

    (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The Chemical Engineering Program constituents:
  • Upper Division Students
  • Faculty
  • Industrial Advisory Committee
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