Our chemical engineering program's flexibility will allow you to pursue independent research projects on a variety of topics from surfactants to optimization of heat exchanger networks and phase equilibria of polar fluids. Your classroom studies will be reinforced with hands-on, personalized learning in leading-edge labs and facilities, and you can choose from many specializations to tailor your learning experience to fit your areas of interest.
You’ll have opportunities to put your classroom lessons to work through independent research and interdisciplinary projects. Our program’s flexibility will allow you to tailor your education to your interests.
Because of its breadth of technical and scientific foundation, a chemical engineering degree will prepare your for a variety of fields. You can also choose areas of concentration to enhance your knowledge. Non-chemical engineering majors may also supplement their degree with a minor in this chemical engineering.
A chemical engineering major will give you a foundation for a career in the chemical process industries. We stress fundamental principles to prepare you for either graduate study or a career in industry.
Each year, the Department of Chemical Engineering recognizes the achievements of its top-performing students. Learn more about the most recent recipients of the Noel E. Moore Achievement Award; the Jean & Myra Boatman Scholarship Award; the Eli Lilly & Co. Clinton Laboratories Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering - Junior Year; the Sam C. Hite Award for Outstanding Senior in Chemical Engineering; the Ron Artigue Award for Outstanding Achievement in Process Control; and the Archer Daniels Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering.
At Rose-Hulman, you’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge to the test in our Unit Operations Laboratory and High Bay Lab, where you’ll work closely with faculty mentors.
High Bay Lab
Our High Bay Lab houses 20 unit operation projects where you’ll learn about chemical engineering processes.
Unit Operations Lab
More than20 different experimental modules are available for unit operations lab projects here, including distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction, drying, filtration, microfiltration, and membrane separations.
Careers in Chemical Engineering
A degree in chemical engineering will open the door to a variety of career paths in industries ranging from biochemical, biomedical, chemical, environmental, food, materials, paper and pulp, petroleum, pharmaceutical, polymers and semiconductors.
Metallurgists work in a variety of industries to develop metals and metal alloys that meet the specifications required for a particular application. They may find themselves developing aerospace materials or analyzing structural components of building materials.
Plastics Process Engineer
Plastics process engineers oversee the design, development, and manufacture of plastic products. They work in a wide range of industries, making products from automotive parts to biomedical devices.
A pharmaceutical engineer works on the development and manufacturing of products, processes, and components in the pharmaceuticals industry. They may often find themselves working in interdisciplinary teams, so strong communications skills are important.
Since joining Rose-Hulman in 2009, Dr. Adam Nolte has been a proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration. As head of Chemical Engineering, he brings a combination of industrial, academic, and government laboratory experience to bear on his teaching and research in order to provide opportunities for students to learn and grow professionally.