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Vision and Mission

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Our vision

The vision of the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department is to advance our programs to achieve national and international recognition.

This will result in the department being in the top 100 Chemical and Materials Science Engineering programs in the nation in five to ten years and the top 70 departments in the nation in ten to fifteen years.

Our undergraduate degree programs offer students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in the chemical engineering and materials sciences.

Our mission is to educate students at a nationally competitive level in the fundamentals of the field and to provide an opportunity to conduct small scale, independent research projects.

We aim to educate students so that they can successfully enter academia or take leadership positions in industry.

In either case, our goal is to provide them with a knowledge base and skill set above that of bachelor's level chemical and materials engineers.

At the graduate level, our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities presented by our modern technical society. Rigorous classroom instruction and laboratory experiences using modern equipment and computers provide broad insight into natural phenomena, technology, chemical and biological process-engineering equipment, and systems engineering. Classroom and research projects provide students with hands-on experience in problem solving.

We seek to provide meaningful research opportunities for graduate students, and to address state and national priorities in competitive, funded research programs. Our goal is to provide our graduating doctoral students with the necessary experiences  and education to qualify them to work in academia, in industry and in government laboratories.

The mission and goal of our graduate program relates to the land grant mission of the University. It does so by contributing in the areas of energy, the environment, biomedical and materials engineering, and other chemically related engineering fields.

The program mission is likely to evolve in the future as our graduate program grows. As the program grows, the number of faculty in the graduate faculty will increase, and there will be an opportunity to develop other areas of research which the department is not currently exploring.

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