Chemical Engineering Department at Howard University


Chemical Engineering is the rigorous study of a broad range of systems involved in the transformation of materials and energy from one form to another. It focuses on the analysis of chemical, physical and biological phenomena that form the basis of any process and culminates in process systems designs that are critically informed by consideration of relevant environmental, social and safety concerns. The Department of Chemical Engineering offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a graduate program of course work and research leading to the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. Chemical Engineering Department is one of six departments in the College of Engineering and Architecture at Howard University. Howard University is a private, coeducational institution located in the heart of the diverse, vibrant, multicultural metropolitan area that is home to the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. The region offers an unsurpassed breadth of governmental, private, and academic resources for education and research.



The BS program in chemical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (


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Mission & Goals:

 The mission of the Chemical Engineering Department is to produce outstanding chemical engineering graduates prepared to become technological, managerial and public service leaders with a keen sense of ethical and social responsibility and grounded in a holistic appreciation of technology. The faculty and staff are committed to providing a learning environment that instills creative and critical thinking, a solid technical foundation, competence and facility in information technology use, and a sensitivity to environmental and safety issues.


Program Educational Objectives:

The educational objectives of the Chemical Engineering program, defined to be achieved by our graduates within a few years of their graduation, are to produce graduates, who are:

  1. practicing chemical engineering in a variety of contemporary industrial settings.
  2. pursuing advanced study and research in chemical engineering and other related disciplines.
  3. taking leadership roles in their chosen careers.


Student Outcomes:

Students successfully completing our program will have achieved:

  • 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
  • the 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


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2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco

Wed, March 1, 2017

One Senior and six juniors chemical engineering students respectively participated in the 2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco, CA, November 14-18, 2016. The­ students were Simone Stanley, April Howard, Anayia Reliford, Mahtab Waseem, Bekuechukwu Uzondu, Diwash Bajracharya and Okeoghene Osevwe. Simone Stanley (Senior Chemical Engineering student) won first place for her presentation of “An Experiment Based Smartphone Education App for a Simple Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics” in the General Engineering and Engineering Education session of the poster competition.Read More >>

ChemE Department Chair Ramesh Chawla Invited to Serve on EPA's National Advisory Council

Tue, May 24, 2016

Chemical Engineering Department Chair Ramesh Chawla has been invited to serve on the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology for a two-year term. As a representative member, he will represent the interests of the Howard University Department of Chemical Engineering.Read More >>


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