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WVU Tech's ABET-accredited Chemical Engineering program emphasizes design through a sequence of courses and hands-on laboratory experience. The program offers students a comprehensive education in the fundamentals of engineering and science, systems design, problem-solving, analysis skills and communication.
Students also benefit from our small class size and high degree of faculty assistance.
Logan Efaw, '17
Logan was the president of the WVU Tech American Institute of Chemical Engineers chapter. Logan first earned a degree in biomedical science. When he decided that the medical field wasn't the right fit, he came to Tech to study chemical engineering.
At WVU Tech, Logan completed two internships at AC&S, Inc. in Nitro, West Virginia, where he gained real experience with chemical process plant operations. Now he's a full-time employee with the company.
"I have used everything that I have learned during my years at Tech, such as material and energy balances, heat exchanger design, process safety management improvement and so much more," he said. "I can honestly say that without the intense course work and the professors’ constant push to have students strive for improvement, I would not be where I am today."
Amy is an Elkins, West Virginia native who graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry. While at WVU Tech, Amy was active in a number of student organizations, competed as a member of the varsity cross country team, and served as student government association president for two terms.
She also completed two internships with the Dow Chemical Company in West Virginia and Texas. She loved the experience, and is now working as a production engineer for Oxide Adducts at Dow in South Charleston, West Virginia. She's responsible for safely producing quality product on time to meet customer demands and specifications, using her skills as a chemical engineer to deal with issues that arise in the plant. Prior to working at Oxide Adducts, Amy was the production engineer for Chemical Mixing at Dow, where she worked on improvement projects as well as new chemical introductions for the plant.
Graduates of our program are prepared to enter a variety of process-related jobs. The program combines solid grounding in the sciences with application to the development of engineered products and processes. Preparation in process design and operation provides a strong background for our alumni to be employed in materials manufacturing, energy production and engineering services.
Graduates are also prepared to continue their studies in graduate and professional programs, with several recent graduates pursuing and receiving advanced degrees in engineering and science fields.
With a focus on design and hands-on laboratory experience, the department of chemical engineering produces graduates who find success in fields ranging from biotechnology and environmental affairs to manufacturing and chemical industries.
Students also have
the opportunity to be employed in internship or co-op positions while they are
in school to obtain valuable work experience.
Our recent graduates have pursued graduate or professional programs at a variety of prestigious institutions and have landed rewarding positions like:
- Process engineer
- Process control engineer
- Design engineer
- Continuous improvement engineer
- Environmental engineer
- Corrosion control
and prevention engineer
Things you'll learn
From molecular interactions to large-scale chemical processing.
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Study equations of state and predict thermodynamic properties for pure species and mixtures. Explore equilibrium thermodynamics of multiphase systems using activity models. Learn about reaction equilibrium and predict conversion for systems of reactions. It's all covered here.
Gain a background in the basic principles of organic chemistry, including modern structural concepts and the effect of structure on physical and chemical properties and reactions.
Work on your own or with a team to develop a comprehensive design project. You'll learn about economic evaluation, project management, flowsheet development, equipment selection, computer-aided design, process operability and control, process safety and environmental protection.