Chemical engineering touches virtually every facet of our lives. Chemical engineers combine a wide range of disciplines to turn raw materials into life-saving medicines, innovative renewable energy sources, unique polymers and more.
Our program places an emphasis on hands-on learning and offers undergraduate students a chance to conduct sophisticated research with real world impacts. To build a specialty, students participate in one of three tracks: general, biology or pharmaceutical.
Graduates receive some of the highest salaries of those holding undergraduate degrees and are actively sought after by some of the most esteemed global companies and research institutions.
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have received a $19 million federal grant to study how man-made and natural climate changes are affecting ecosystems in Narragansett Bay.
Daniel Roxbury, assistant professor of chemical engineering, is part of a national research team that has created a nanosensor capable of detecting the progression of obesity-related diseases.
Geoffrey Bothun, professor and chair of the chemical engineering department at URI, will join other researchers in studying chemicals that could be contaminating drinking water and posing a health hazard.
Former chemical engineering student Brook Sandy-Smith will give a presentation at the Electronic Design Innovation Conference in September. She graduated from URI in 2005, when she also earned a bachelor’s degree in German, through the International Engineering Program.