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The College of Engineering - Chemical Engineering

Greetings from the Chair

We appreciate your interest in Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. As you probably are aware, in the 2012 US News & World Report's " America's Best Colleges" we were ranked as the 3rd best chemical engineering program at a university with a primary focus on undergraduate education. You will be interested to note that we are the top ranked department at a public university; the departments ranked above us are private institutions. We have been one of the top ranking departments since we were first ranked in the Fall of 2002. As you can see from these ratings our Chemical Engineering ABET accredited degree is of the highest quality at an affordable price.

Our faculty are national leaders in chemical engineering. Dr. Stewart Slater served as the Chair of the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education! Our faculty’s dedication to creating and implementing new innovations in chemical engineering education is evident in the numerous national awards for engineering education our faculty have won—our program is becoming a model nationwide for quality engineering education.

At Rowan we employ hands-on/minds-on teaching methods. This philosophy is incorporated in our core chemical engineering courses as well as in our engineering clinic sequence. I believe that the engineering clinic sequence we have developed is one of the most innovative vehicles for educating engineers.

As a student at Rowan, you will participate for 4 years in Rowan’s hallmark – the engineering clinic. Many other engineering Colleges offer freshman engineering courses that consist mostly of lectures, but at Rowan your engineering education will start with a full year of hands-on engineering experiments. In your first semester of engineering clinic, you will perform hands-on experiments that introduce you to future career opportunities as an engineer in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals or the advanced materials industry. In the spring you will examine the engineering involved in the design of a process or product. These experiences range from discovering the engineering systems of the human body to designing a new process to produce beer. This type of unique freshman engineering experience can only be found at our pioneering program in chemical engineering. At Rowan we have been able to create a new way of educating engineers.

In the sophomore engineering clinic, engineering and communications faculty team teach you writing and speaking skills through engineering examples such as bio-fuel cells, environmental sustainability, NASA space stations and baseball stadiums. In your junior and senior engineering clinic you will work on real world engineering projects funded by industrial and federal sources. The industries that support the clinic program are involved in many of the emerging and established areas of chemical engineering: novel processing, advanced materials/polymers, bioprocessing, pharmaceutical engineering, food processing, green engineering and traditional areas of chemical manufacturing and petroleum refining. In the junior and senior clinic, you will have the opportunity to work.