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    • Dr. C. Michael Kelly

    • Kim Robinson

Program Objectives and Student Outcomes, Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering uses science, especially chemistry, engineering, and mathematics, to solve societal problems. Chemical engineering is key in the safe production of pharmaceuticals, fuels, food, clean water, and the modern materials used in electronics, apparel, and construction. Chemical engineers design processes, equipment, plant-testing procedures, evaluation techniques, and standards in all areas of chemical production, as well as with pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Graduates from Widener’s chemical engineering program are employed in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food, biochemical, pulp and paper, and polymer industries, as well as by the government. Many chemical engineering graduates continue their careers by earning advanced degrees and professional licenses.

In fulfillment of Section II.A.6.a in the ABET Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual (APPM),
the educational objectives and student outcomes for chemical engineering are provided below.

Program Objectives

  • Engage in successful careers in a branch of chemical engineering or other professional areas using their knowledge and experience of science and engineering.
  • Exhibit personal and interpersonal abilities such as communication, ethical behavior, and teamwork that contribute to the development of the organizations of which they are a part and their own development as professionals and as members of their community.
  • Pursue professional development opportunities including advanced degrees, technical certifications, and professional registration.
  • Continue their professional and personal growth, assuming technical, business, and administrative leadership positions within their chosen fields.

Student Outcomes

Over the course of their studies, graduates from the chemical engineering program will have demonstrated:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • 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.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • A thorough grounding in physics and chemistry, with content at an advanced level, and the engineering application of these basic sciences to the design, analysis, and control of chemical, physical, and/or biological processes, including the hazards associated with these processes.