About Chemical & Environmental Engineering
The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (ChEE) combines the faculty, the students, the curriculum and the research capabilities of the chemical engineering program with the environmental engineering and environmental science programs.
This department offers a unique, common first two-year curriculum for the undergraduates in these various 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.
The department is composed of two undergraduate programs: chemical engineering and environmental engineering.
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.
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.
UC’s nationally ranked cooperative education (co-op) program gives chemical and environmental engineering students real-world experience at firms and research centers across the country and around the world. Students have many opportunities to apply their academic background to the professional field prior to graduation, working for international companies like Procter & Gamble, Dow Chemical and General Electric, to name a few.
When students graduate from our department, they are prepared to make a difference in the chemical and environmental engineering field. Our graduates 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. With the education provided by the University of Cincinnati and the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, these students have the resources to pursue meaningful employment after graduation.
Welcome from the Department Head
As head of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (ChEE), I would like to welcome you to our department’s website. It is the department of engineering science, encompassing chemical and environmental engineering. Our department was formed on July 1, 2010, and our first year together proved the potential for these areas to come together and work synergistically toward multi-disciplinary research goals. Today’s research strides are made by crossing disciplinary boundaries and our faculty is well-prepared to address interdisciplinary education and research.
Undergraduate education is focused on co-operative education and our students will have great opportunities to extend classroom studies by practice in technologies that will add a unique and highly valuable dimension to their education. This simultaneous hands-on experience provides our students with two important benefits. Firstly, it provides financial assistance as the students are paid during the co-op quarters. Secondly, and more importantly, it prepares students with industrial experiences and learning opportunities, ultimately enhancing their competitiveness upon graduation.
For students at all levels, the ChEE faculty strongly believes that engineering education is most effective when connected with active research. All 46 faculty members have strong records in engineering research and professional activities that make them nationally and internationally known. They pursue many fascinating research topics with sponsors from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, the U.S. EPA, the National Cancer Institute and many other governmental and corporate funding entities. Together, ChEE faculty and students are involved in a wide range of important and exciting research activities ranging from nanotechnology to robotics to tissue engineering to fuel cell research, just to name a few. Faculty work closely with their students and seek to involve motivated undergraduate students in their research as soon as possible.
In closing, I again welcome you. I invite you to explore the remainder of the ChEE web site to find detailed information about all of our degree options, courses, faculty, and research. Should you have questions or want to come for a visit, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of our faculty members.
George Sorial, PhD
Professor of Environmental Engineering
Head of Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.