Chemical Engineering

The Cooper Union 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 life-long learning and research.


The Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and graduation data are compiled at the following links:

Department Objectives

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

ABET Student Outcomes

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Please see the current course catalog for the most up-to-date information regarding these mission statements and objectives.

If you are a prospective student, here are some links that may be helpful:

If you are a current student, these links may be helpful:

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

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