Why study Chemical Engineering BS at UB?
Chemical engineering concerns the design, scale-up, and operation of chemical and bio-processes, and the understanding and design of technologically useful materials, such as nanomaterials and advanced polymers. Chemical engineers are responsible for the economical, safe, and environmentally benign production of useful quantities of vital products from grams of a new drug to tons of a commodity chemical. They use these same skills to understand and manipulate natural processes, such as in biological systems. The biological side includes nano, molecular, cellular, and tissue engineering, and biotechnology processes. The program at UB is broadly based to prepare graduates for positions in engineering development, design, economic evaluation, sales, construction, production, and management. A number of undergraduates go on to graduate work and careers in research, and some pursue degrees in medicine, business or law. Students intending to major in chemical engineering should have strong backgrounds in chemistry and mathematics.
The curriculum is designed to meet several educational objectives. These broad statements describe what we expect our graduates to achieve within a few years of graduation. Our program educational objectives are:
- Demonstrates professional engineering competence, broadly defined. Demonstrates professional engineering competence, via promotions and/or advancement to positions of increasing responsibility; via satisfactory progress towards completion of an advanced degree; or via a successful transition from the "traditional" chemical engineering career path into medicine, business, government, education, etc.
- Applies engineering and science to solve technical problems. Develops and implements innovative and effective solutions to difficult problems. Shows proficiency in the application of engineering science in the presence of practical constraints or complicating factors to solve real-world technical problems while demonstrating excellence in ethical standards.
- Interacts well with a broad range of people. Grows continuously in the range of people with whom he/she interacts professionally, demonstrating the ability to relate well to superiors, subordinates, and peers, inside or outside the organization, perhaps involving difficult circumstances. Provides input that enables others to do their job better. Reaches team leadership positions. Communicates ideas, findings, and knowledge through the composition of papers and/or internal reports, authorship of standards and guidelines, publication of scholarly articles, and application for patents. Delivers effective presentations to group leaders, internal and external customers, and at technical conferences, and/or training of coworkers and associates.
In addition, the curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors by the time of graduation:
1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
The Learning Environment
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers nine engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering.
Five combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics.
The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.
About Our Facilities
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Hall.
Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.
The CBE Department has three undergraduate laboratories featuring exciting experiments that give hands-on experience directly relating to students' engineering science and design courses in their third and fourth years. They include gas- and liquid-phase reactions; process operations such as heat exchange, distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction, and humidification/cooling; bioreactors and bioprocesses; and process control. Students also use advanced mathematical modeling and process simulation software in state-of-the-art computer labs in Furnas Hall.
About Our Faculty
Faculty are very active in education and research and are well recognized within and outside the university for their accomplishments. Distinctions include four recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, seven National Science Foundation Young Investigator awards, three members of the National Academy of Engineering, a recipient of the National Medal of Science (the National Medal provides the nation's highest scientific honor), as well as numerous other national research and teaching awards. Our faculty ranks also include two SUNY Distinguished Professors, two SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professors, and two UB Distinguished Professors.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Chemical Engineering department website for additional information about our faculty.
Any company concerned with the design, production, or use of materials or energy has need for chemical engineers. Consequently, many diverse industries employ chemical engineers. They work in petroleum/energy and chemical production, electronics and battery technology, polymers, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, food production and processing, biotechnology processes, environmental health and sustainability, and many other areas. BS graduates find employment in production, design, operations, sales, or process development. With further study graduates also move into careers in medicine, law, education, and management. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Sloan Career Cornerstone Center have much more detailed information about careers and opportunities.
Salary Information: A typical starting salary is now about $68,000/year. A BS is sufficient for a typical starting position, except research and development where a MS or PhD is needed.
Multiple offices play a role in student advisement. During the first year and a half of the program, the senior academic advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, located in 410 Bonner Hall, assist students in choosing courses. Throughout the undergraduate experience, this office provides support regarding general education requirements, transfer credits, and basic math and science coursework. During the fall semester of the sophomore year students obtain a CBE faculty advisor. The primary roles of the CBE faculty advisor are to assist students in choosing courses to complete their degree requirements in a timely fashion with a manageable workload and to provide general advice concerning employment opportunities, career specialization, graduate school and other academic and professional issues. The CBE Director of Undergraduate Studies should be contacted for help with specialized issues, such as study abroad.
Academic Advising Contact Information
SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education 410 Bonner Hall North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-1900 Phone: 716-645-2774 School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Website
Students should stop by the CBE departmental office (304 Furnas Hall, North Campus, Phone: 716-645-2569), or contact the CBE Director of Undergraduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org), if they have any questions about their progress through the Chemical Engineering curriculum.
Scholarships and Financial Support
There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships.