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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, process design, problem-solving, analysis skills and communication.
Students also benefit from our small class size and high degree of faculty assistance.
Dr. Gifty Osei-Prempeh
Dr. Osei-Prempeh teaches students everything from kinetics and reactor design to polymer science and engineering. She’s also the advisor of the African Student Union and, in her spare time, is exploring the science behind turning biomass into high-quality fuel.
She’s proud to work in a department that’s devoted to student success. “Faculty in our department make time to help our students by providing one-on-one help when students stop by our offices. Students obtain hands-on experience on experimental equipment and software that are up-to-date with industrial trends.”
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.
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.
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, process simulation, process operability and control, process safety and environmental protection.