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2024-2025 University Catalog 
2024-2025 University Catalog

Chemical and Materials Engineering

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College of Engineering

Laila J. Jallo, Chair

Winny Dong
Keith M. Forward
Lloyd Lee
Jia Li
Mingheng Li
Jonathan B. Puthoff
Vilupanur A. Ravi
Huseyin Ucar

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree program in Chemical Engineering, a Minor in Materials Engineering, and a Master of Science in Materials Engineering.

Chemical Engineering is the branch of engineering that embraces the development and application of industrial processes that involve chemical and physical changes of materials. These processes must be accomplished in a competitive economy and in an environmentally safe manner to create products which are useful and essential to the modern world. Chemical Engineering includes the design, development, and production of many products such as fuels and petrochemicals, plastics, fibers, paper, foods, materials, and pharmaceuticals. A Chemical Engineering degree is also good preparation for careers in pollution prevention, waste minimization or biomedical engineering.

The mission of the Chemical Engineering Program is to prepare graduates who will contribute effectively to an interconnected global society by providing them with a strong foundation in engineering fundamentals, excellent hands-on engineering skills, and extensive training in communication and teamwork.

The graduates of the Chemical Engineering Program will be practicing professionals who exhibit these Program Educational Objectives:

  1. Recognize, state, and solve problems with attention to economics, the environment, health, and safety,
  2. Apply their ideas to create practical solutions,
  3. Clearly communicate and implement solutions,
  4. Tackle new problems and explore new developments using chemical engineering principles,
  5. Be active life-long learners, and
  6. Be responsible citizens.

Materials Engineering is that branch of engineering that deals with developing products and processes based on understanding the structure of materials.  The goal of the materials engineer is to understand the structure of materials (at the micro- or the nano level) to improve their properties and ultimately their performance. Materials engineers apply this knowledge to the production, selection, and utilization of materials. Since engineers are called upon to work with new ideas and materials, the engineering graduate with a minor in Materials Engineering is very well prepared to respond to such a challenge and thus has a career advantage.

The Master of Science in Materials Engineering provides another avenue for engineers to add to their undergraduate degrees. This program is described elsewhere in this catalog.

Chemical and Materials Engineering students are encouraged to become active in the student chapters of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE), Material Advantage and NACE International. Qualified students are invited to join the student chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon, the Chemical Engineering honor society and/or Alpha Sigma Mu, the international professional honor society for Materials Science and Engineering.

Chemical & Materials Engineering Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, 17-2124
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 869-2626


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      Chemical Engineering
      Materials Engineering

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