Chemical engineers are experts at developing processes for transforming raw materials into the vast array of high-value chemicals required by modern society. They work in multidisciplinary teams to create novel materials that are at the heart of virtually every product and service that enhances our quality of life. Examples include nano scale composites, pharmaceuticals, plastics, fibers, metals, and ceramics. Key applications include the development of alternative energy systems, biomedical materials and therapies and strategies to minimize the environmental impact of technological advancements.
Virtually every aspect of a modern industrial economy is critically dependent upon chemical engineering for manufacturing bulk and specialty chemicals and high-tech materials needed to create a limitless array of value-added products. Chemical engineering applies the core scientific disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics to transform raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms, invariably in processes that involve chemical change. Chemical engineers are critical to our future, our economy, and our quality of life.
The chemical engineering degree program at RIT provides students with a firm and practical grasp of engineering principles and the underlying science associated with traditional applications. The experience that students gain during their cooperative education enables them to understand how what they learn in the classroom and laboratory relates to real world industrial challenges.