About Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering provides a broad and strong foundation which prepares graduates for entry into all areas of chemical engineering or pursuit of advanced degrees in chemical engineering and other disciplines. Our graduates are highly sought after. The undergraduate program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Studies leading to the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering/Materials Science are also offered.

The Department of Chemical Engineering through elective sequences and consultation with a faculty advisor, gives student the opportunity to concentrate their studies in the following areas: (i) Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment, (ii) Biotechnology and Biomedicine, (iii) Nanotechnology, and (iv) Processing of Energy and Natural Resources.

  • Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment- Chemical engineers use chemical techniques to treat hazardous chemicals from landfills and use micro-organism and combustion technology to destroy hazardous waste. They develop catalytic reaction systems to convert air and water pollution to harmless compounds.
  • Biotechnology and Biomedicine – Chemical engineers design and develop separation processes and bioreactors to produce complex products such as therapeutic drugs and agricultural bio-chemicals. They also make important contributions in the development of artificial organs, artificial tissues and prosthesis.
  • Nanotechnology- Nanotechnology, with sizes ranging from 1 10 100 nanometers, included the application of fields as diverse as engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, etc. Chemical Engineers use their knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and processing to manufacture nanomaterials, devices and other structures, for applications in medicine, consumer products, food and energy. Scientists and Engineers are also studying the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials.
  • Processing of Energy and Natural Resources- Chemical engineers find new chemical process pathways to convert natural resources into energy and useful products. Some in-situ process use the earth itself as reaction vessel for extracting underground resources.


2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco

Wed, March 1, 2017

One Senior and six juniors chemical engineering students respectively participated in the 2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco, CA, November 14-18, 2016. The­ students were Simone Stanley, April Howard, Anayia Reliford, Mahtab Waseem, Bekuechukwu Uzondu, Diwash Bajracharya and Okeoghene Osevwe. Simone Stanley (Senior Chemical Engineering student) won first place for her presentation of “An Experiment Based Smartphone Education App for a Simple Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics” in the General Engineering and Engineering Education session of the poster competition.Read More >>

ChemE Department Chair Ramesh Chawla Invited to Serve on EPA's National Advisory Council

Tue, May 24, 2016

Chemical Engineering Department Chair Ramesh Chawla has been invited to serve on the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology for a two-year term. As a representative member, he will represent the interests of the Howard University Department of Chemical Engineering.Read More >>


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