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Department of Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering encompasses the translation of molecular information into discovery of new products and processes. It involves molecular transformations—chemical, physical, and biological—with multi-scale description from the submolecular to the macroscopic, and the analysis and synthesis of such systems. The chemical engineer is well prepared for a rewarding career in a strikingly diverse array of industries and professional arenas. Whether these industries are at the cutting edge—e.g., nanotechnology or biotechnology—or traditional, they depend on chemical engineers to make their products and processes a reality. The effectiveness of chemical engineers in such a broad range of areas begins with foundational knowledge in chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. From this foundation, chemical engineers develop core expertise in engineering thermodynamics, transport processes, and chemical kinetics, creating a powerful and widely applicable combination of molecular knowledge and engineering problem solving. To cope with complex, real-world problems, chemical engineers develop strong synthetic and analytic skills. Through creative application of these chemical engineering principles, chemical engineers create innovative solutions to important industrial and societal problems in areas such as development of clean energy sources, advancement of life sciences, production of pharmaceuticals, sustainable systems and responsible environmental stewardship, and discovery and production of new materials.

The Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT offers four undergraduate programs. Course 10 leads to the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering through a curriculum that prepares the graduate for a wide range of career pursuits. Course 10-B leads to the Bachelor of Science in Chemical-Biological Engineering, which includes the basic engineering core from the Course 10 degree and adds material in basic and applied biology. Course 10-ENG leads to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a more flexible curriculum that supplements a chemical engineering foundation with an area of technical specialization. Course 10-C leads to the Bachelor of Science without specification; this non-accredited degree requires fewer chemical engineering subjects. Undergraduates have access to graduate-level subjects in their upperclass years. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to participate in research through the MIT UROP program.

The department offers a broad selection of graduate subjects and research topics leading to advanced degrees in chemical engineering. Multidisciplinary approaches are highly valued, leading to strong ties with other MIT departments. In addition, the department maintains alliances, arrangements, and connections with institutions and industries worldwide. Areas for specialization include, but are not limited to: biochemical engineering, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, chemical catalysis, chemical process development, environmental engineering, fuels and energy, polymer chemistry, surface and colloid chemistry, systems engineering, and transport processes. Additional information may be found under Graduate Study below and on the department's website.

The School of Chemical Engineering Practice (described below), leading to five-year bachelor's and master's degrees, involves one term of work under the direction of an Institute staff member resident at Practice School sites. This program provides students with a unique opportunity to apply basic professional principles to the solution of practical industrial problems.

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Undergraduate Study

The undergraduate curriculum in chemical engineering provides basic studies in physics, biology, and mathematics, advanced subjects in chemistry or biology, and a strong core of chemical engineering. The four-year undergraduate programs provide students with the fundamentals of the discipline and allow some room for focus in subdisciplines or subjects that strengthen their preparation for advanced work.

In addition to science and engineering, students take an integrated sequence of subjects in the humanities and social sciences. Specific subject selection allows students to meet individual areas of interest. The curriculum provides a sound preparation for jobs in industry or government, and for graduate work in chemical engineering.

Chemical engineering also provides excellent preparation for careers in medicine and related fields of health science and technology. The department's strong emphasis on chemistry and biology provides excellent preparation for medical school. Students interested in medical school work with their faculty and premedical advisor to create the best program. A minor in biomedical engineering is also available.

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering/Course 10
[see degree chart]

This degree is intended for the student who seeks a broad education in the application of chemical engineering to a variety of specific areas, including energy and the environment, nanotechnology, polymers and colloids, surface science, catalysis and reaction engineering, systems and process design, and biotechnology. The degree requirements include the core chemical engineering subjects with a chemistry emphasis, and the opportunity to add subjects in any of these application areas.

Course 10 is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, as a chemical engineering degree.

Bachelor of Science in Chemical-Biological Engineering/Course 10-B
[see degree chart]

This degree is intended for the student who is specifically interested in the application of chemical engineering in the areas of biochemical and biomedical technologies. The degree requirements include core chemical engineering subjects and additional subjects in biological sciences and applied biology. This degree is excellent preparation for students also considering the biomedical engineering minor or medical school.

Course 10-B is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, as a chemical and biological engineering degree.

Students who decide early to major in either Course 10 or Course 10-B are encouraged to take subjects such as 5.111/5.112 Principles of Chemical Science, 5.12 Organic Chemistry I, and 7.01x Introductory Biology in their freshman year. Then 5.60, 18.03, 10.10, 10.213, and 10.301 may be taken in the sophomore year. The student is then well positioned for more in-depth and specialized subjects in the third and fourth years.

Some students may wish to defer choice of a major field or exercise maximum freedom during the first two years. If the Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement subjects chosen in the second year include 18.03 and two subjects in the fields of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, chemistry, biology, or chemical engineering, students can generally complete the requirements for a degree in chemical engineering in two more years. Students are advised to discuss their proposed program with a Course 10 faculty advisor as soon as they become interested in a degree in chemical engineering. Faculty advisors are assigned to students as soon as they declare their major and then work with the students through graduation. Further information may be obtained from Dr. Barry S. Johnston.

Additional information is available on the Chemical Engineering Department website at Undergraduates are encouraged to take part in the research activities of the department through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

Bachelor of Science/Course 10-C

The curriculum for students in Course 10-C involves basic subjects in chemistry and chemical engineering. Instead of continuing in depth in these areas, students can add breadth by study in another field, such as another engineering discipline, biology, biomedical engineering, economics, or management. Course 10-C is attractive to students who wish to specialize in an area such as those cited above while simultaneously gaining a broad exposure to the chemical engineering approach to solving problems.

Departmental requirements for Course 10-C are:

5.60, 10.10, 10.213, 10.301, 10.302, and 18.03

one subject from the following:
3.014; 6.152J; 5.36; 10.702J; 10.28 or 10.26/10.27/10.29
an additional subject from the above list or the following:
6.021J, 6.033, 6.111, 6.805, 14.05, 15.279 or 15.301

All of the above restricted elective subjects satisfy the Institute CI-M requirement. Students must also complete 180 units beyond the GIRs; subjects chosen to complete these units must form a coherent program, and any subject chosen from the last list must be part of this coherent program.

Students planning to follow this curriculum should discuss their interests with their faculty advisor in the department at the time they decide to enter the Course 10-C program, and submit to Dr. Barry S. Johnston in the department's Undergraduate Office a statement of goals and a coherent program of subjects no later than spring term of junior year. Please direct questions about this program to Dr. Johnston.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering as Recommended by the Department of Chemical Engineering/Course 10-ENG
[see degree chart]

The 10-ENG degree program is designed to offer flexibility within the context of chemical engineering while ensuring significant engineering content, and is a complement to our chemical engineering degree programs 10 and 10-B. The degree is designed to enable students to pursue a deeper level of understanding in a specific interdisciplinary field that is relevant to the chemical engineering core discipline. The degree requirements include all of the core chemical engineering coursework, plus a chosen set of three foundational concept subjects and four subjects with engineering content that make up a comprehensive concentration specific to the interdisciplinary area selected by the student. The concentrations have been selected by the Department of Chemical Engineering to represent new and developing cross-disciplinary areas that benefit from a strong foundation in engineering within the chemical engineering context. Details of the concentrations are available from the Chemical Engineering Student Office and the department's website.

The foundational concept component of the flexible engineering degree consist of basic science and engineering subjects that help lay the groundwork for the chosen concentration. Three subjects must be selected from a list of potential topics. One of the foundational concept subjects must be a chemical engineering CI-M subject, and one must be a laboratory subject that satisfies the Institute Laboratory Requirement. The subjects should be selected with the assistance of a 10-ENG degree advisor from the Chemical Engineering Department so as to be consistent with the degree requirements of the program and the General Institute Requirements. Several of these subjects can satisfy the program's CI-M requirement.

The flexible engineering concentration consists of four subjects that are selected by the student from a suggested subject list provided for each 10-ENG concentration; the student also may propose subjects that fit the theme of the chosen concentration. These lists are included in the concentration descriptions provided on the department's website and at the Chemical Engineering Student Office. Students work with their 10-ENG advisors to propose a 10-ENG degree program, which must then be approved by the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Committee.

The flexible engineering degree major capstone experience consists of 12 units total from any combination of the Integrated Chemical Engineering (10.490 or 10.491) or the Integrated Chemical Engineering-Topic subjects (10.492, 10.493, 10.494) and/or a senior-level project. Alternatively, the student may choose to complete a senior thesis in a topic area relevant to the concentration. Senior-level projects or senior thesis projects are specifically designed to integrate engineering principles into specific applications or problems and are not standard undergraduate research (UROP) projects; such projects require the preliminary approval of the department's undergraduate officer.

Course 10-ENG is awaiting accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, as an engineering degree.

Five-Year Programs and Joint Programs

In addition to offering separate programs leading to the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, the department offers a program leading to the simultaneous award of both degrees at the end of five years. A detailed description of this program is available from the Graduate Student Office. Students in the five-year program normally enroll in the School of Chemical Engineering Practice.

For chemical engineering students interested in nuclear applications, the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Nuclear Engineering offer a five-year program leading to the joint Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering. Such programs are approved on an individual basis between the registration officers of the two departments.


Additional information concerning undergraduate academic and research programs may be obtained by writing to Dr. Barry S. Johnston, undergraduate officer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Room 66-368, 617-258-7141, fax 617-258-0546. For information regarding admissions and financial aid, contact the Admissions Office, Room 3-108, 617-253-4791.

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Graduate Study

Graduate study provides both rigorous training in the fundamental core discipline of chemical engineering and the opportunity to focus on specific subdisciplines. In addition to completing the four core subject requirements in thermodynamics, reaction engineering, numerical methods, and transport phenomena, students select a research advisor and area for specialization, some of which are discussed below.

Thermodynamics and Molecular Computation. Thermodynamics is a cornerstone of chemical engineering. Processes as diverse as chemical production, bioreaction, creation of advanced materials, protein separation, and environmental treatment are governed by thermodynamics. The classical concepts of equilibrium, reversibility, energy, and entropy are basic to the analysis and design of these processes. The extension of classical thermodynamics to molecular scales by use of statistical mechanics has made molecular simulation an increasingly valuable tool for the chemical engineer. Prediction of macroscopic behavior from molecular computations is becoming ever more feasible. This venerable field continues to yield fruitful areas of inquiry.

Opportunities in the department for graduate study in this field include predicting properties of materials and polymers from molecular structure, applying quantum mechanics to catalyst design, supercritical fluid processing, the behavior of complex fluids with environmental and biomedical applications, phase equilibrium with simple and complex molecular species, immunology, protein stabilization, nucleation and crystallization of polymer and pharmaceuticals, and many other areas of classical and statistical thermodynamics.

Transport Processes. A fluid deforming and flowing as forces are imposed on it, its temperature varying as heat is transferred through it, the interdiffusion of its distinct molecular species—these are examples of the processes of transport. These transport processes govern the rates at which velocity, temperature, and composition vary in a fluid; chemical engineers study transport to be able to describe, predict, and manage these changes. Research includes experimental testing and analytical and computational modeling; its applications range among an enormous variety of mechanical, chemical, and biological processes.

Current work includes the study of polymer molecular theory and polymer processing, transport and separations in magnetorheological fluids, membrane separations, diffusion in complex fluids, defect formation and evolution in near-crystalline materials, microfluidics, fluid instability, transport in living tissue, numerical solution of field equations, and many other areas of transport phenomena.

Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering. A simple chemical reaction—the rearrangement of electrons and bonding partners—occurs between two small molecules. From understanding the kinetics of the reaction, and the equilibrium extent to which it can proceed, come applications: the network of reactions during combustion, the chain reactions that form polymers, the multiple steps in the synthesis of a complex pharmaceutical molecule, the specialized reactions of proteins and metabolism. Chemical kinetics is the chemical engineer's tool for understanding chemical change.

A catalyst influences the reaction rate. Catalysts are sought for increasing production, improving the reaction conditions, and emphasizing a desired product among several possibilities. The challenge is to design the catalyst, to increase its effectiveness and stability, and to create methods to manufacture it.

A chemical reactor should produce a desired product reliably, safely, and economically. In designing a reactor, the chemical engineer must consider how the chemical kinetics, often modified by catalysis, interacts with the transport phenomena in flowing materials. New microreactor designs are expanding the concept of what a reactor may do, how reactions may be conducted, and what is required to scale a process from laboratory to production.

Research is being conducted in the department at the forefront of catalyst design, complex chemical synthesis, bioreactor design, surface- and gas-phase chemistry, miniaturization of reactors, mathematical modeling of chemical reaction networks, and many other areas of chemical reaction engineering. Applications include the manufacturing of chemicals, refining of fuels for transportation and power, and microreactors for highly reactive or potentially hazardous materials.

Polymers. Wondrous materials found in nature and now synthesized in enormous quantity and variety, polymers find an ever-increasing use in manufactured products. Polymers are versatile because their properties are so wide-ranging, as is evident even in the conceptually simple polymers made from a single molecular species. The versatility becomes more profound in the copolymers made from multiple precursors, and the polymers compounded with filler materials. Research in polymers encompasses the chemical reactions of their formation, methods of processing them into products, means of modifying their physical properties, and the relationship between the properties and the underlying molecular- and solid-phase structure.

Graduate research opportunities in the department include studies of polymerization kinetics, non-Newtonian rheology, polymer thin films and interfaces, block copolymers, liquid crystalline polymers, nanocomposites and nanofibers, self-assembly and patterning, and many other areas of polymer science and engineering. In addition to a program in graduate study in polymers within the department, the interdisciplinary Program in Polymer Science and Technology (PPST) provides a community for researchers in the polymer field and offers a program of study that focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of polymer science and engineering.

Materials. The inorganic compounds found in nature are the basis for new materials made by modifying molecular composition (such as purifying silicon and doping it with selected impurities) and structure (such as control of pore and grain size). These materials have electronic, mechanical, and optical properties that support a variety of novel technologies. Other materials are applied as coatings—thin films that create a functional surface. Still other materials have biological applications, such as diagnostic sensors that are compatible with living tissue, barriers that control the release of pharmaceutical molecules, and scaffolds for tissue repair. A new generation of biomaterials is being derived from biological molecules. Research in materials is wide-ranging and highly interdisciplinary, both fundamental and applied. In the department, materials research includes studies in plasma etching, thin-film chemical vapor deposition, crystal growth, nano-crystalline structure, molecular simulation, scaffolds for bone and soft tissue regeneration, biocompatible polymers, and many other areas of materials engineering.

Surfaces and Nanostructures. In many arrangements of matter, the interfaces between phases—more than their bulk compositions—are critical to the material structure and behavior. The surfaces of solids offer a platform for functional coating; coatings may be deposited from vapor, applied as a volatile liquid, or assembled from solution onto the solid, in a pattern determined by the molecular properties. This self-assembly tendency may be exploited to arrange desired patterns that have operational properties. Interfacial effects are also responsible for stable dispersions of immiscible phases, leading to fluids with complex microstructure. Other structured fluids arise from large molecules whose orientation in the solvent is constrained by molecular size and properties. In solids, tight control of pore size, grain size, chemical composition, and crystal structure offer a striking range of catalytic, mechanical, and electromagnetic properties. The understanding of gas-solid kinetics is crucial to the study of heterogeneous catalysis and integrated circuit fabrication. Structure is the basis for function, and by manipulating tiny length scales, the resulting nanostructure makes available new capabilities, and thus new technologies and products. Graduate study in surfaces and nanostructures may include studies of colloids, emulsions, surfactants, and other structured fluids with biological, medical, or environmental applications. It also encompasses thin films, liquid crystals, sol-gel processing, control of pharmaceutical morphology, nanostructured materials, carbon nanotubes, surface chemistry, surface patterning, and many other areas of nanotechnology and surface science.

Biological Engineering. Chemical engineering thermodynamics, transport, and chemical kinetics, so useful for manufacturing processes, are fruitful tools for exploring biological systems as well. Biological engineering research may be directed at molecular-level processes, the cell, tissues, the organism, and large-scale manufacturing in biotech processes. It may be applied to producing specialized proteins, genetic modification of cells, transport of nutrients and wastes in tissue, therapeutic methods of drug delivery, tissue repair and generation, purification of product molecules, and control strategies for complex bioproduction plants. Its methods include analytical chemistry and biochemistry techniques, bioinformatic processing of data, and computational solution of chemical reaction and transport models. Biological engineering is an extraordinarily rich area for chemical engineers, and its consequences—theoretical, medical, commercial—will be far-reaching.

Opportunities in the department for graduate study in biological engineering include manipulation and purification of proteins and other biomolecules, research into metabolic processes, tissue regeneration, gene regulation, bioprocesses, bioinformatics, drug delivery, and biomaterials, to name a few. Both experimental and computational methods are used, including statistical mechanics and systems theory. Chemical engineering faculty are also involved in the Center for Biomedical Engineering, created to enhance interdisciplinary research and education at the intersection of engineering, molecular and cell biology, and medicine. The Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing, another center of research activity involving chemical engineers, promises to revolutionize the chemical processing of pharmaceuticals.

Energy and Environmental Engineering. Making energy available to society requires finding and producing a range of fuels, improving the efficiency of energy use under the ultimate limits imposed by thermodynamics, and reducing the effects of these processes on the environment. The widespread use of fossil fuels increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to concerns about global warming. Other sustainability indicators also suggest that we now need to transform our energy system to a more efficient, lower-carbon future. This transformation provides many opportunities for chemical engineers to evaluate and explore other energy supply options such as renewable energy from solar, biomass, and geothermal resources, nonconventional fuels from heavy oils, tar sands, natural gas hydrates, and oil shales. Developing technologies for transporting and storing thermal and electrical energy over a range of scales are also of interest.

Further environmental distress can result from manufacturing processes and society's use of the manufactured products. The traditional response of treating process wastes is still useful, but there is growing emphasis on designing new processes to produce less waste. This might be done by improving catalysts to decrease unwanted by-products, finding alternatives to volatile solvents, and developing more effective separation processes. Chemical engineers are at work in all these areas, as well as developing alternative energy sources and assessing the effects of pollutants on human health.

In the department, students will find expertise in combustion, chemical reaction networks, renewable energy and upgrading of nonconventional fuels, carbon dioxide capture and sequestration, water purification and catalytic treatment of pollutants, global air pollution modeling, design of novel energy conversion processes, energy supply chains, and many other areas of energy and environmental engineering. Faculty in the department are actively involved in the MIT Energy Initiative.

Systems Design and Simulation. From early in the development of chemical engineering, processes were represented as combinations of unit operations. This concept was useful in analyzing processes, as well as providing a library of building blocks for creating new processes. Process and product design are imaginative activities, an artful blend of intuition and analysis. Design is aided by mathematical tools that simulate the behavior of the process or product and seek optimum performance. Effective use of simulation and optimization tools allows unexpected pathways to be explored, dangerous operating regions to be identified, and transient and accident conditions to be tested. Process and product systems engineering brings it all together, placing the technical features of a process or product in the context of operations, economics, and business. The end result is improved economy, reliability, and safety. Methodologies for process and product modeling and simulation, computer-aided engineering, operations research, optimization theory and algorithms, process and product design strategy, treatment of uncertainty, multiscale systems engineering, and many other areas of systems engineering are being developed in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Such research leads to new prototypes for process systems, design of new molecules with desired properties, and processes with better operability, control, safety, and environmental performance.

School of Chemical Engineering Practice

Since 1916, the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice has been a major feature of the graduate education in the department. In this unique program, students receive intensive instruction to broaden their education not only in the technical aspects of the profession, but also in communication skills and human relations, which are frequently decisive factors in the success of an engineering enterprise. The Practice School program stresses problem solving in an engineering internship format, where students undertake projects at industrial sites under the direct supervision of resident MIT faculty. Credit is granted for participation in the Practice School in lieu of preparing a master's thesis.

The operation of the Practice School is similar to that of a small consulting company. The resident staff work closely with the technical personnel of the host companies in identifying project assignments with significant educational merit, and with solutions that make important contributions to the operation of the company.

During Practice School, students work on three or four different projects. Groups and designated group leaders change from one project to another, giving every individual an opportunity to be a group leader at least once.

Students in the Practice School program are required to demonstrate proficiency, or take one graduate subject, in each of the following areas: thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, applied process chemistry, kinetics and reactor design, systems engineering, and applied mathematics.

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Programs for the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering usually are arranged as a continuation of undergraduate professional training, but at a greater level of depth and maturity. The general requirements for a master's program are given in the section on Graduate Education in Part 1. To complete the requirement of at least 66 subject units, of which 42 units must be in H-level subjects, together with an acceptable thesis, generally takes four terms.

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice

The unit requirements for the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice (Course 10-A) are the same as those for the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, except that 48 units of Practice School experience replace the master's thesis.

In some cases, Bachelor of Science graduates of this department can meet the requirements for the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice (Course 10-A) in two terms. Beginning in September following graduation, students complete the required coursework at the Institute. The spring semester is spent at the Practice School field stations. Careful planning of the senior year schedule is important.

For students who have graduated in chemical engineering from other institutions, the usual program of study for the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice involves two terms at the Institute followed by the field station work in the Practice School. Graduates in chemistry from other institutions normally require an additional term.

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Doctor of Science or Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral candidates are required to pass a written general examination early in their program of study. Given in January and May, the written examination is usually taken at the end of the first term in residence as a graduate student. There is also an oral general examination, which consists of the presentation of a thesis proposal to a faculty committee; this is normally done during the second year of residence. Completing a master's degree is not a prerequisite for entering the doctoral program or obtaining a doctoral degree.

The requirements for the doctoral degree include a program of advanced study, a minor program, a biology requirement, and a thesis. The program of advanced study and research is normally carried out in one of the fields of chemical engineering under the supervision of one or more faculty members in the Department of Chemical Engineering. A thesis committee of selected faculty monitors the doctoral program of each candidate.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering Practice

This degree program provides educational experience that combines advanced work in manufacturing, independent research, and management. The program is built on the outstanding research programs within the department, the unique resources of the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, and the world-class resources of the Sloan School of Management. Students are prepared for a rapid launch into positions of leadership in industry and provided with a foundation for completion of an MBA degree.

The program consists of three major parts: the first year is devoted to coursework and the Practice School, the two middle years are devoted to research, and the final year is completed in the Sloan School of Management. In addition, an integrative project combines the research and management portions of the program.

Students in the PhD in Chemical Engineering Practice (PhDCEP) program must pass the department's written and oral examinations. The progress of their research is monitored by a faculty committee, and the final thesis document is defended in a public forum. The normal completion time should be four calendar years for the PhDCEP program.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Computational Science and Engineering

The Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) program allows students to specialize at the doctoral level in a computation-related field of their choice through focused coursework and a Doctoral Thesis through a number of participating host departments. The CSE program is administered jointly by the Center for Computational Engineering (CCE) and the host departments, with the emphasis of thesis research activities being the development of new computational methods and/or the innovative application of computational techniques to important problems in engineering and science.

For more information, see the full program description under Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Part 3, or visit

Leaders for Global Operations Program

The 24-month Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program combines graduate education in engineering and management for those with two or more years of full-time work experience who aspire to leadership positions in manufacturing or operations companies. A required six-month internship comprising a research project at one of LGO's partner companies leads to a dual-degree thesis, culminating in two master's degrees—an MBA (or SM in management) and an SM from one of seven MIT engineering programs, some of which have optional or required LGO tracks. For more information, visit

Polymer Science and Technology

The Program in Polymer Science and Technology is intended for students who seek a Doctor of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree with a focus on macromolecular science and engineering.

This program is described under Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Part 3.

Technology and Policy

The Master of Science in Technology and Policy is an engineering research degree with a strong focus on the role of technology in policy analysis and formulation. The Technology and Policy Program (TPP) curriculum provides a solid grounding in technology and policy by combining advanced subjects in the student's chosen technical field with subjects in economics, politics, and law. Many students combine TPP's curriculum with complementary subjects to obtain dual degrees in TPP and either a specialized branch of engineering or an applied social science such as political science or urban studies and planning. For additional information, see the program description under Engineering Systems Division or visit

Financial Support

The department has a wide variety of financial support options for graduate students, including teaching and research assistantships, fellowships, and loans. Information about financial assistance may be obtained by writing to the Graduate Student Office, but consideration for awards cannot be given before admissions decisions have been made.


For additional information concerning graduate programs, admissions, financial aid, and assistantships, contact the Graduate Student Office, Department of Chemical Engineering, Room 66-366, 617-253-4579,

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Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Teaching Staff

Klavs F. Jensen, PhD
Warren K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
Department Head

William H. Green, PhD
Hoyt C. Hottel Professor of Chemical Engineering
Executive Officer


Robert C. Armstrong, PhD
Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director, MIT Energy Initiative

Paul I. Barton, PhD
Lammot du Pont Professor of Chemical Engineering

Martin Z. Bazant, PhD
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics

Daniel Blankschtein, PhD
Herman P. Meissner '29 Professor of Chemical Engineering

Richard D. Braatz, PhD
Edwin R. Gilliland Professor of Chemical Engineering
Graduate Admission Officer

Arup K. Chakraborty, PhD
Robert T. Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor of Chemistry, Biological Engineering, and Physics
Director, Institute of Medical Engineering and Science

Robert E. Cohen, PhD
Raymond A. and Helen E. St. Laurent Professor of Chemical Engineering
Codirector, DuPont-MIT Alliance
Chair, PhD in Chemical Engineering Practice Steering Committee

Clark K. Colton, PhD
Professor of Chemical Engineering

Charles L. Cooney, PhD
Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering without Tenure (Retired)
Faculty Director, Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

William M. Deen, PhD
Carbon P. Dubbs Professor without Tenure of Chemical Engineering

Patrick S. Doyle, PhD
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Graduate Officer

Karen K. Gleason, PhD
Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering
Associate Provost

Paula T. Hammond, PhD
David H. Koch Professor in Engineering

T. Alan Hatton, PhD
Ralph Landau Professor of Chemical Engineering Practice
Director, David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice

Robert S. Langer, ScD
David H. Koch Institute Professor

Douglas A. Lauffenburger, PhD
Ford Professor of Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Biology
Associate Member, Broad Institute
Head, Biological Engineering Department

Allan S. Myerson, PhD
Professor of the Practice of Chemical Engineering

Gregory C. Rutledge, PhD
Lammot du Pont Professor of Chemical Engineering

George Stephanopoulos, PhD
Arthur Dehon Little Professor of Chemical Engineering

Gregory Stephanopoulos, PhD
Willard Henry Dow Professor of Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering

Michael S. Strano, PhD
Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering

Bernhardt L. Trout, PhD
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director, Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing
Cochair, Singapore-MIT Alliance, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

Daniel I. C. Wang, PhD
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Institute Professor

K. Dane Wittrup, PhD
Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering
Associate Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

Associate Professors

Daniel G. Anderson, PhD
Samuel A. Goldblith Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Health Sciences and Technology
Associate Member, Broad Institute

Jesse H. Kroll, PhD
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering

J. Christopher Love, PhD
Latham Family Career Development Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Associate Member, Broad Institute

Kristala J. Prather, PhD
Miller Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Preetinder S. Virk, ScD
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Assistant Professors

Fikile R. Brushett, PhD
Raymond A. and Helen St. Laurent Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Kwanghun Chung, PhD
Hermann L. F. von Helmholtz Professor of Chemical Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Associate Member, Broad Institute

Heather J. Kulik, PhD
Joseph R. Mares Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Narendra Maheshri, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Bradley D. Olsen, PhD
Paul M. Cook Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Yuriy Román, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Hadley D. Sikes, PhD
Joseph R. Mares Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

James W. Swan, PhD
Texaco Mangelsdorf Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

William A. Tisdale, PhD
Charles and Hilda Roddey Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Visiting Assistant Professor

Narendra Maheshri, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Senior Lecturers

Robert Fisher, PhD
Robert Hanlon, ScD

Barry S. Johnston, PhD
Undergraduate Officer

Claude Lupis, PhD


Bonnie D. Burrell, BA
William H. Dalzell, PhD
Daniel A. Doneson
Kathryn E. Sensen

Research Staff

Research Associates

Andrea Adamo
Keith D. Jensen
Felix H. Lam
Hsinyi Lo Smith

Research Engineers

Jean-François P. Hamel
Keith D. Jensen
Forrest Whitcher

Research Scientists

Lev E. Bromberg
Luis Perez-Breva

Technical Assistants

Adrian Fay
Rachael Hogan
Ashley King
Christopher Testa

Visiting Scientists

Antonio G. Bertei
Rindert Jakob De vries
Hilal Goktas
Jun Isayama
Mariya Khiterer
Vilasia Martins
Odi Uchenna

Professors Emeriti

János M. Beér, ScD
Professor of Chemical and Fuel Engineering, Emeritus

Robert A. Brown, PhD
Warren K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus

Lawrence B. Evans, PhD
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus

Marcus Karel, PhD
Professor of Chemical and Food Engineering, Emeritus

Gregory J. McRae, PhD
Hoyt C. Hottel Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus

Edward W. Merrill, ScD
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus

Herbert H. Sawin, PhD
Professor of Chemical and Electrical Engineering, Emeritus

Kenneth A. Smith, ScD
Edwin R. Gilliland Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus

Jefferson W. Tester, PhD
Herman P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus


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