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Chemical engineering

Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Our Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
 
Chemical engineering appeals to students that enjoy mathematics and science, particularly chemistry. 

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, process design, problem-solving, analysis skills and communication. 

Students also benefit from our small class size and high degree of faculty assistance. 

Profiles

Meet your chemical engineering network


Dr. Nathan Galinsky poses for a photograph

Dr. Nathan Galinsky

Graduate and Professor

Dr. Galinsky involves himself in the success of students through teaching students everything from particle processing operations, thermodynamics, and engineering laboratory experiences. He is also the current advisor of the school’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) chapter. Dr. Galinsky’s research involves exploring areas of carbon capture from fossil fuel energy and development of catalysts for commodity chemical production.

He is proud to work in the department in which he graduated from in 2011 knowing that student success is the top priority. From both a student and now faculty member, he appreciates the departments continued dedication towards student success and providing ample help both inside and outside the classroom. “From personal experience as a student and now as a faculty member in the department, I have observed from both spectrums the continued success that the faculty members have in providing the highest of educational opportunities. These include providing hands-on experimental equipment opportunities and keeping up-to-date with industrial trends.” 

WVU Tech Graduate Kendra Monnin at Undergraduate Research Day (2018)

Kendra 
Monnin, '19

Graduate

This Knoxville, TN native was interested in attending a college with a close-knit community that prioritized academics and preparing their students for industry. So, she chose WVU Tech's excellent chemical engineering program.

During her time at WVU Tech, she competed on the swim team, including at NAIA Nationals. She was also a resident assistant. She received several scholarships and completed internships with Kureha in Belle, WV and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Quantico, VA. Kendra also completed a year of undergraduate research and presented her findings at the WV State Capitol and the AIChE Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting.

Kendra is now a Process Engineer for DuPont overseeing the batch polymerization process located at the Parkersburg, WV site.

Her advice to students?  “Never be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. There is always someone willing to help whether it’s your professors, peers, or friends. Every day, strive to learn something new.”

Career Profile

In our most recent survey of program graduates, we found that 100% of our graduates since 2016 found full-time employment or started an advanced degree after graduating from WVU Tech. They also reported an average starting salary range of $65,000 - $75,000.

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. 

Careers

Our recent graduates have pursued graduate or professional programs at a variety of prestigious institutions and have landed rewarding positions like: 

  • Process engineer
  • Production 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.

Organic Chemistry

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.

Design Laboratory

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, process simulation, process operability and control, process safety and environmental protection. 

View a sample degree schedule or explore more course options in the catalog.

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