Chemical Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the conversion of raw materials to useful products and with energy by applying principles of science and engineering. It is concerned with the design, operation and maintenance of facilities which range from refineries, petrochemical and pharmaceutical plants to food and materials industries, and even nuclear-waste processing plants. Chemical Engineering is concerned with developing processes that are more efficient in terms of materials and energy usage, and which are environmentally friendly.
Chemical engineers have helped develop atomic science, polymers (plastics), paper, packaging, dyes, drugs, cosmetics, fertilizers, foods, textiles, water produced by desalination, and chemicals used in everyday life. They have plenty of job opportunities in the oil and gas industry, in petrochemicals industry, in food and drinking industry, water treatment and desalination plants, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, composite materials and polymers industry, inorganic materials processing plants such as aluminum plants, power generation and in renewable energy industry, nanotechnology, and many other industries.
The B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering program at Abu Dhabi University has been developed in response to the high demand for chemical engineers in the U.A.E. from the growing petrochemical, polymer, pharmaceutical, and food industries in the country, combined with the expansion in water desalination projects in the region. The program has been designed according to international standards. This ensures that graduates of the program will be uniquely qualified to design, analyze, and test wide-ranging solutions for state-of-the-art chemical engineering systems and processes. The program provides chemical engineering students with the opportunity to learn through a combination of theory and lab work. This mix of theory and laboratory work allows students to think things through and then apply their ideas in a variety of real life situations. Students also learn to diagnose problems and develop a variety of solutions. It is a challenging four-year curriculum that integrates courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and chemical engineering to produce a professional engineer capable of designing and analyzing all aspects of modern chemical engineering systems.
The educational mission of the chemical engineering undergraduate program is to provide students with a premium education through a well-developed curriculum that is fundamental, yet broad and flexible. The program seeks to produce graduates who are well-rounded in mathematical, scientific, and technical knowledge; who are prepared for the successful practice of chemical engineering with sufficient depth to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate degree; who have the ability to analyze, evaluate, and design chemical engineering systems; who have the ability to communicate effectively; who have gained sufficient awareness of the current and emerging industrial practices through participation in industrial internship experiences; and who have acquired an understanding of and appreciation for global and societal issues and are thus prepared for a career path towards leadership in industry, government, and academia.