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Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Due to the changing relationship between human society, the economy and the natural environment, chemical and environmental engineers have many opportunities to make a meaningful and long-lasting contribution to their field. Students in this department work together to create multidisciplinary solutions that address today and tomorrow’s most pressing global problems. 

Our Programs

Here in the ChEE department, we offer a unique, first two-year curriculum for the undergraduates in our programs through the integration of basic math, chemistry, physics, materials, transport phenomena, statistics and systems analysis, which also allows students to seamlessly transfer from one program to another if they so desire. When students graduate from our department, they are prepared to make a difference in the chemical and environmental engineering field with have satisfying careers in private research firms, testing laboratories and government agencies, and in a wide array of industries in the chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing fields.

Chemical Engineering

Students gain knowledge to apply chemical reactions and separations to the development and production of new materials. Students learn how to design and optimize largescale processes to produce petrochemicals, plastics, fibers, fuel cells, pharmaceuticals and microelectronics.

Environmental Engineering

Students gain knowledge in green engineering design to explore sustainable solutions for controlling pollution and preserving resources. Common applications for environmental engineering include the analysis and design of water and wastewater treatment systems, solid waste substance management, air pollution control and sustainability.

Our Faculty

All of our faculty members have extensive and impressive research backgrounds, conducting many government- and industry-sponsored research that address topics from nanotechnology and robotics to tissue engineering and fuel cell research. Faculty work closely with students in their research activities.

Contact Us

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Engineering student works to improve water infrastructure

May 20, 2024

After earning her bachelor's degree in civil engineering at a premier university in Nigeria, Tolulope Odunola became fascinated by the world of hydrology and water systems and set off to continue her education in environmental engineering. She came to the University of Cincinnati for her master's degree, and the experience left such an impact she stayed for her PhD, working under the guidance of Patrick Ray, associate professor of environmental engineering. Odunola was named Graduate Student Engineer of the Month by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.


UC engineering students can co-op in research labs around the...

May 7, 2024

More than 100 years ago, cooperative education (co-op) was invented at the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science. Since then, UC has spent the last century fine-tuning and improving the program. The Global Research Labs Program is one of the most recent advancements in co-op opportunities for students.


Engineering students present at third annual Expo

April 24, 2024

This spring, senior students at the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science came together to present their final capstone projects at the third annual CEAS Expo. College faculty, staff, alumni and industry professionals attended the event to witness the innovation that is created at CEAS.

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