Chemical Engineering

The Cooper Union’s Department of Chemical Engineering is committed to the development and graduation of engineering professionals. The department will promote student learning and understanding of science and engineering fundamentals and guide and encourage the application of this knowledge to the ethical, professional practice of chemical engineering. This will be undertaken in an environment that is responsive to new technologies and that encourages lifelong learning and research.

Program Objectives

  • Our graduates will attain professional careers where they apply their abilities to solve problems and meet challenges in engineering and non-engineering fields.
  • Our graduates will join professional societies and/or attain professional licensure.
  • Our graduates will grasp the concept of lifelong learning and appreciate the continuing development of new technologies and issues in the professional field.
  • Our graduates will transition easily into their professional careers and demonstrate success in that role.
  • Those graduates who pursue graduate studies and research at The Cooper Union and/or other institutions will have the necessary technical background, support and preparation to succeed.

The education of the chemical engineer requires a strong foundation in chemistry and physics, which must be applied through the medium of mathematics to the solution of design, modeling, scale-up and control problems. A thorough knowledge is required of chemical structures, together with the energetic and kinetic relationships predicted in chemical reactions and molecular transport. The chemical engineer deals with the application of these principles to processes carried out on a variety of scales from micro-reactors to an industrial scale, in which matter under- goes changes in physical state, chemical composition or energy content. Emphasis is placed on developing creative ability; facts and theories are presented primarily to stimulate further thought and study in all fields of chemical engineering. Formal instruction is supplemented by visits to several plants and companies where the contribution of engineers can be observed and understood with respect to equipment, utilities, safety, costs, environmental impact, labor and supervision. The students get first-hand experience in the chemical engineering laboratory in applying engineering analysis to equipment performance, and in learning limitations of theoretical concepts. In the senior year, the student learns how to design chemical plants from fundamental data on new processes and to recognize areas of limited knowledge from the results of the design, and thus recommend pilot plant studies, if necessary.

Chemical engineering graduates find employment in a wide variety of areas. In addition to the chemical and petroleum industries, chemical engineers are involved heavily in the biomedical, materials and environmental fields. A chemical engineering education can also be easily applied to other interdisciplinary areas such as biochemical and biomedical engineering, energy resources, environmental engineering and materials science. As a result, chemical engineers are also finding employment in non-industrial institutions such as government, research think- tanks, policy study groups and even publishing companies. 

If you have any questions or need additional information about the department, please contact our faculty directly using the links to the left or contact our department administrator Liz Leon:

Liz Leon
Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Departments

The Cooper Union School of Engineering
41 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-4370
leon2@cooper.edu

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