School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Chemical engineers develop processes to convert raw materials into useful products such as electronics, biofuels, synthetic fibers, high tech polymer composites, advanced ceramics, medicines, medical devices, and fuels. As a chemical engineer you focus on applying the sciences of chemistry and biology, along with the engineering principles of momentum, heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, and reactor design, to improve existing processes and develop new ones, including micro and nanoscale technologies.
What Chemical Engineers do....
- Design chemical processes for the manufacture of microelectronics
- Develop sustainable energy systems based on solar cells and biofuels
- Create new biodegradable plastics, high performance composites, and biocompativle materials
- Reduce air pollution and global warming
- Design chemical production facilities and oil refineries
Bioengineers focus on applying the sciences of chemistry and biology, along with the engineering principles of momentum, heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, and reactor design, to contribut to the rapidly growing bioscience-based biotechnology industries. They formulate and solve problems pertaining to enzymes, microbial processes, and biotechnologies, and contribute advancements to the medical industry, including devices and processes that improve human health.
What Bioengineers do...
- Produce pharmaceuticals and develop drug delivery strategies
- Create new drugs from biological materials
- Design biomedical devices and diagnostics, and improve biocompatability of implants
- Construct tissues to replace impaired or lost function
- Design processes to produce new food products that require use of enzymes and living cells
Environmental engineers work to enhance and protect the quality of our land, water, and air by applying science along with the engineering principles of momentum, heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, and reactor design. Environmental engineers work to promote sustainable development throughout society. The curriculum includes coursework grounded in physics, chemistry, and microbiology related to the design of water supply and wastewater treatment facilities, management of hazardous wastes, control of air pollution, and enhancement of environmental quality and human health.
What Environmental Engineers do....
- Design facilities to treat drinking water, storm water, and wasewater
- Develop innovative ways to clean up hazardous waste sites
- Monitor air pollution and design better control devices
- Minimize waste streams and material and energy use in manufacturing processes
- Design processes that destroy waste using living systems or chemical treatment.
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