Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.

Sample Companies that have Hired WPI Chemical Engineering Graduates

Barry-Wehmiller Design Group
Bristol-Myers Squibb
FM Global
Jensen Hughes
Toray Plastics
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Sample Graduate Schools

Cardiff University
Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University
Endicott College
Manhattan College
Northeastern University
Penn State
Purdue University
Stanford University
University of California-Santa Barbara
University of Michigan
University of New South Wales
University of Richmond-Law
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Average Starting Salary:
$69,363 (2020)
Learn more about Chemical Engineering at WPI.
Sample Job Titles:
Fire Protection Engineer
Research Associate
Manufacturing Engineer
Process Engineer
Research and Development Engineer
Environmental Engineer
Sustainability Associate
Sample Major Qualifying Projects:
A Sudy of Biofuel Production Using Molten Salt Catalysts
Dispersants for Crude Oil Spills: Dispersant Behaviour Studies
Efficient Brewery Sanitation
Synthesis of Quantum Dots and Their Use in Environmental Monitoring
Synthesis of Silicalite-1 Aggregate

Program Tracking Sheets

The Program Tracking Sheets help WPI students to plan and track progress toward their degree. Academic Advising has created tracking sheets for each major and graduation year.

Career Outcomes & Salary Data

The Career Development Center (CDC) has compiled a list of resources to help you learn about salary expectations and companies that have hired recent graduates, including the Post-Graduation Report for WPI's most recent graduating class.