Chemical engineers are working to solve the world’s most important problems; from designing clean energy solutions to finding ways to feed the world’s growing population.
In chemical engineering classes you will learn the fundamentals of topics like thermodynamics, reactor design, process controls and fluid dynamics and you will learn to apply them to operations in a traditional chemical plant as well as to emerging technologies. Outside of class, chemical engineering students at the University of New Haven are involved in research projects like designing reactors to turn polyethylene (plastic) into useable fuel and student clubs, like our AIChE student chapter which is very proud of their Chem-E car!
The foundations you will learn in the Chemical Engineering program at the University of New Haven will prepare you for a variety of career choices; whether you want to work in a traditional chemical plant or whether you want to work on technologies in fields like biomedical engineering or alternative energy. Our alumni have gone on to have careers as diverse as lawyers, quality assurance engineers, plant process engineers, and PhD research scientists. In our program you will take fundamental Chemical Engineering courses as well as courses in Chemistry and in areas of interest to you. Our program allows you to personalize your coursework and the department offers specific focus areas in Biotechnology and Sustainability. In addition, in alignment with the University’s Experiential Education policy, we aim to give students hands-on chemical engineering experiences both in and outside the classroom. Our professors work one-on-one with students to target industries and companies they are interested in for internships. Experiential education in the form of an internship, study abroad, or lab experience is required for graduation.
We offer clusters of elective courses that allow students to focus on issues that are important to them. Each student has an advisor that they work closely with to tailor their studies to their interests. Popular clusters include:
Environmental Engineering Applications. Potential courses: Environmental Engineering, Water and Wastewater Engineering, Traditional and Alternative Energy, Global Solutions for Sustainability, and Air Pollution Fundamentals.
As a chemical engineering student, you won’t just learn the fundamentals of the field, you will do your own design projects and get your hands dirty working with current chemical engineering technology. In the Senior Design course students complete projects in teams on topics like creating biodiesel from acorns and developing dye for dye-sensitive solar cells. In the Senior Lab class students work on pilot-scale chemical engineering systems like a gas absorption column, a multi-effect evaporator, a distillation column, and several heat exchange systems.
As part of the program you will also get hands-on experience in the Chemical Engineering industry or in Chemical Engineering laboratories. As part of the University’s Experiential Education requirement you are required to complete either an internship, study abroad (typically at our Prato, Italy location), or summer laboratory research in a university laboratory setting.
There are many opportunities for undergraduates to work with faculty on independent research project in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The university encourages these activities through campus-wide Experiential Educational Program (Faculty-Mentored Undergraduate Research) and through funding for faculty and students. The SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) program and funding for faculty supports many research programs on campus.
Students are encouraged to talk to faculty about possible research opportunities. In the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, faculty have a wide variety of research interests including exploring new organic reactions, discovering means to generate bio-fuels, developing new sensor systems, studying computational models of chemical reactions and investigating nanotechnology. Students work closely with faculty in small research teams and are involved to presenting research projects at scientific meetings both on and off campus; many students become authors on research publications. Students participate in projects over the summer, during winter intersession and during the academic year in Independent Study courses.
The University of New Haven Chapter of American Chemical Society (ACS)
The University of New Haven Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society strives to fulfill people's interests in chemistry with fun on campus activities, involvement with the community, and opportunities to advance academically.
The University of New Haven Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
The University of New Haven Student Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers provides students with the opportunity to socialize, meet chemical engineers working in the area, visit process plants and get involved in community projects.
Forensic Science and Chemistry Club
The Forensic Science and Chemistry Club is a student organization for those interested in academics or occupations in fields related to chemistry and/or forensic science. The club offers an opportunity to build relationships with fellow students and develop organizational and social skills essential for the workplace. Each year, members of the club attend the yearly American Academy of Forensic Sciences conference, as well as the Northern Academy of Forensic Science conference.
The club sponsors events and activities throughout the year for members and students to expand their knowledge about forensic science. In past years, the club members were actively involved with the Mock Disaster Incident on campus, Forensic Science week, and Chemistry week.