Facts & Figures

Top 10

Best colleges for women in stem fields

Best Colleges Online (2016)
#5

Engineering Program in the nation

College Factual (2015)
#5

Chemical Engineering major in the nation

College Factual (2016)
$34.2M

For 193 research awards 

(2014-15)

Careers in Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering is a broad-based discipline, with roots in chemistry, math, physics, and biology. While about 80 percent of potential jobs are found in the chemical industry, chemical engineering’s interdisciplinary nature means potential careers run the gamut. Indeed, chemical engineering has been called the liberal arts of engineering.

Meet Our Students

Jason B.

Jason B.

Junior, BS in Chemical Engineering

The goal of Jason and his team’s IQP at the Albania Project Center was to help their sponsor assess how pharmaceutical waste - particularly expired drug disposal - is managed in areas of Tirana. The current state of pharmaceutical waste management in Albania is fragile and constitutes one of the biggest waste management concerns in the country. Jason and his three teammates interviewed 73 pharmacists - 10 percent of the total pharmacists in Tirana - about their pharmaceutical waste disposal practices. The information they gathered will provide the sponsor with data to obtain grant money from the U.S. Embassy to conduct a more in-depth investigation on every pharmacist in Tirana.

Aaron McGinnis

Aaron M.

Senior, BS in Chemical Engineering

A chemical engineering undergraduate travels the world and learns what it means to work in industry.

Kayla Sica

Kayla S.

Sophomore, BS in Chemical Engineering & Minor in Biochemistry

Kayla is on a mission to develop treatments for neurological disorders, and she’s found her ideal undergrad think tank in a global biotech hotspot.

Marissa Leone

Marissa L.

Sophomore, BS in Chemical Engineering

A chemical engineering student shows that you really can find a balance between schoolwork and extracurricular activities.

I would not have made it anywhere this far if it weren’t for the support this community has given me and the tremendous positive impact it has made on my life.
Victor Hu
BS, Chemical Engineering
2016 Salisbury Prize Recipient

WPI Undergraduate Wins Poster Award at the 2017 AIChE National Meeting

Undergraduate Chemical Engineering student Celeste Marsan won third place in the Food, Pharmaceutical, and Bioengineering poster session at the 2017 AIChE National Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.  Congratulations Celeste! 

The program provides undergraduates with premier summer research opportunities at world-leading educational and research institutions

AIChE Student Chapter welcomes prospective students at the WPI Open House!

The WPI student chapter of AIChE welcomed prospective students at the September 30th WPI Open House. 

It is wonderful to see our students already investing in the next great WPI Chemical Engineers!

WPI Chemical Engineering alumnus to be CEO of Kohl's

WPI Chemical Engineering graduate Michelle Gass will helm the retail company starting next May.

Read more here!

Dr. Bihter Padak, M.S. 2007, recognized as one of AIChE's 35 Under 35

Congratulations to WPI alumnus Dr. Bihter Padak, who was recognized in the August edition of Chemical Engineering Progress as one of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering's 35 Under 35.   Dr. Padak is now an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina.

Read more here!

WPI TouchTomorrow a success - with the help of Chemical Engineering graduate students!

The Chemical Engineering Graduate Organization (CEGO) participated in TouchTomorrow on June 10th, 2017. Their demonstration, titled "The Energy Boom ", drew in large crowds every 30 minutes as the graduate students taught about alternative energy sources, fuel cells and catalysis. Each demo ended with a bang, where a platinum catalyst was used to pop a small bubble of oxygen and hydrogen to demonstrate just how much energy could be harvested from fuel cells. Then, this energy was then re-directed into a fuel cell to power a small whirligig. STEM outreach is one of the core CEGO missions.

WPI Recognizes Outstanding Teaching of Professor Kmiotek

For his years of excellent teaching at WPI, Chemical Engineering Professor of Practice Stephen J. Kmiotek received the 2017 Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching. Congratulations Professor Kmiotek!

WPI Chemical Engineers are making beautiful music in the name of science

STEM program connects young students to complex, hard to visualize concepts through sound.

As part of the STEM for All video showcase, a team of three WPI professors discuss the development of a data sonification tool for young students.

Michael Timko, Asst. Professor of Chemical Engineering, Erin Ottmar, Asst. Professor of Psychology and Learning Sciences, and V. J. Manzo Asst. Professor of Music Technology and Cognition collaborated to make data-driven music.