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Chemical Engineering

Using science and math to solve the world's problems, you'll learn to make products like medicines, food and fuel. Chemical engineers design processes to turn raw materials into the products we use every day.

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Our ABET-accredited Chemical Engineering program is where students embark on a journey of design, hands-on experience and academic excellence. Our program offers a unique blend of engineering fundamentals, process design, and practical skills, preparing graduates for successful careers in diverse industries.

A top-tier program

The Department of Chemical Engineering at WVU Tech offers a top-tier engineering program that prepares college students for successful careers in the field. As a chemical engineering student at WVU Tech, you'll benefit from a comprehensive curriculum designed to equip prospective students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the industry. Our program provides STEM education opportunities and hands-on experiences that set Tech students apart in the competitive engineering landscape.

Why Choose WVU Tech?

Prospective chemical engineering students will find a supportive academic community, low faculty to student ratios, industry-leading coursework taught by experts in their fields and a focus on practical skills development. WVU Tech ensures that students are well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the field when they graduate.

Engineering a bright future

Graduates of our program are prepared to enter a variety of process-related jobs. The program combines solid foundation in the sciences with preparation in process design and operation, providing a strong background for our alumni to be employed in materials manufacturing, energy production and engineering services.

Outcomes that pay off

In our recent survey of program graduates, we are proud to report that 100% of our alumni since 2016 have successfully secured full-time employment or embarked on advanced degree programs after completing their studies at WVU Tech. Additionally, they have achieved an average starting salary range of $65,000 - $75,000, showcasing the high value of a chemical engineering degree from Tech.

Our graduates accepted positions in the field as:

  • Process engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Process control engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Continuous improvement engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Corrosion control and prevention engineer

Building a sustainable career
you can take across the globe

We aim to empower you to thrive in careers across the world, from energy and chemicals to biotechnology and materials processing. Chemical engineering presents opportunities to explore in manufacturing, environmental affairs, engineering, government roles, education and technical service/sales. As you advance in your professional journey, you will earn chances to take on leadership roles, impactful projects and even the chance to make your own products. With a strong foundation from WVU Tech, you can also pursue graduate degrees in engineering, business, sciences, medicine or law. 

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.

Organic Chemistry

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.

Design Laboratory

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.

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Your Chemical Engineering Faculty

Nathan Galinsky, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Profile: Nathan Galinsky, Ph.D.

Kimberlyn Gray, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Profile: Kimberlyn Gray, Ph.D.

Gifty Osei-Prempeh, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Profile: Gifty Osei-Prempeh, Ph.D.

Sihe Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Profile: Sihe Zhang, Ph.D.