Carnegie Mellon University


The Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon is one of the oldest in the country, tracing its roots back to 1905. The first diplomas in Chemical Engineering Practice were awarded in 1908. Now, Carnegie Mellon's Department of Chemical Engineering offers the following degrees in Chemical Engineering:

Bachelor of Science

Master's Degree Programs in Chemical Engineering

Master of Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces

Doctor of Philosophy

The department currently includes 21 faculty members and several adjunct professors. The student body includes approximately 200 undergraduates, 90 PhD and 100 Master's students (MChE, MS), with 25 postdoctoral research fellows and visitors. The department awards 60-70 BS degrees, 50 MChE/MS degrees, and 20 PhD degrees each year. All faculty are engaged in research and teaching.

The department emphasizes problem-solving techniques in the learning of basic principles in chemical engineering science and process systems engineering.  Computing is integrated throughout the curriculum, and extensive use is made of software for mathematical modeling and simulation in the department's Computational Laboratory.  The Rothfus Laboratory features state-of-the-art experiments with applications in environment, product development, safety, and computerized data acquisition and control. 

Undergraduate students can obtain degrees with a variety of associated minors such as those in Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces or Supply Chain Management. In addition, double degree programs are available with the Department of Biomedical Engineering or the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. The Fifth year Master's Degree (MChE) program provides students the opportunity to obtain a Master's Degree with one additional year of coursework. Some students with sufficient advanced placement are able to complete these requirements in just four years. The department's educational program also strives to broaden the experience of students by offering a significant number of electives, an active program for undergraduate research, international exchange programs and opportunities to participate in summer internships.

The objectives of the chemical engineering undergraduate curriculum have been developed with feedback from the faculty, alumni, current students and our advisory board. The curriculum and programs are designed so that students of the Chemical Engineering Department will have the education, skills and abilities necessary to succeed. The objectives of the department are that graduates will obtain employment or attend graduate school, will advance in their chosen careers, and will be productive and fulfilled professionals throughout their careers.

The chemical engineering program of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.