The Chemical and Petroleum Engineering department at the University
of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering was established in 1910,
making it the first department for petroleum engineering in the world. Today, our department has over 40 expert faculty (tenure/tenure-stream/joint/adjunct), a
host of dedicated staff, more than 20 state-of-the-art laboratories and
learning centers, and education programs that enrich with strong
fundamentals and hands-on experience.
Chemical engineering is concerned with
processes in which matter and energy undergo change. The range of
concerns is so broad that the chemical engineering graduate is prepared
for a variety of interesting and challenging employment opportunities.
Chemical engineers with strong background
in sciences are found in management, design, operations, and research.
Chemical engineers are employed in almost all industries, including
food, polymers, chemicals, pharmaceutical, petroleum, medical,
materials, and electronics. Since solutions to energy, environmental,
and food problems must surely involve chemical changes, there will be
continued demands for chemical engineers in the future.