Welcome from the Department Head

Dr. George Sorial

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.