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Swenson College of Science and Engineering
Our Mission

"Tomorrow's chemical engineer needs to display a range of talents, knowledge, and interests that extend beyond traditional engineering capabilities; that allow chemical engineers to leverage traditional skills with future opportunities."

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(Adapted from the AIChE report The Global Environment for Chemical Engineers)

The Department of Chemical Engineering strives for nationally recognized excellence in engineering education and research by using modern, hands-on, and active learning experiences to prepare undergraduate students for professional success, and to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and protect the environment in performance of their professional duties.


The Department of Chemical Engineering produces chemical engineers with a strong foundation of technical, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills required for professional success, consistent with the following objectives.

Program Educational Objectives

The Department of Chemical Engineering educational objectives are to produce graduates who:

  • Pursue careers where they apply their engineering and problem-solving skills
  • Pursue advanced studies or other forms of continuing education, and
  • Value their UMD chemical engineering education and endorse the program and its students.
Student Outcomes

The Chemical Engineering Department will produce graduates who:

  • Are able to apply their learned knowledge from mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Have the ability to design, build, and conduct engineering experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret the information obtained from the experiment.
  • Have the ability to design a process, system, or component.
  • Have the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Have the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively in writing and speaking in formal and informal settings.
  • Have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • Recognize the need for, and have the ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • Have knowledge of contemporary chemical engineering issues.
  • Have the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The Chemical Engineering Program constituents:
  • Current students
  • Faculty
  • Industrial Advisory Committee
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