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As part of Canada's largest engineering school and most innovative university, the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo is home to more than 1,200 students, faculty and staff, and has thousands of alumni worldwide.

In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate programs in chemical engineering, the Department provides academic expertise and support to Waterloo's multidisciplinary nanotechnology and biomedical engineering programs.

The department's interdisciplinary research culture, engaging teaching practices and state-of-the-art facilities create a vibrant learning environment where students are empowered to solve the problems our world faces.

Find out more by exploring the programs, research and news stories on this site.

  1. July 14, 2020UW’s chemical engineers tackle COVID-19

    During World War II, when countless wounded soldiers required a scarce and expensive medicine, chemical engineers helped solve the problem that had limited its availability. In a triumph of chemical engineering, John McKeen used deep-tank fermentation to scale up production of penicillin, the first modern antibiotic. Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau, another talented chemical engineer, designed the first commercial-scale penicillin plant. 

    With their contributions to penicillin’s breakthrough, McKeen and Hutchinson Rousseau helped reduce the cost per dose, save thousands of lives and set the course for the industrial-scale production of other lifesaving drugs. As today’s chemical engineers address the many threats associated with COVID-19, will we see chemical engineering triumph again?

  2. May 28, 2020CHE embraces remote teaching

    When the coronavirus pandemic necessitated the closure of university campuses across Canada, the Department of Chemical Engineering quickly transitioned the last few weeks of classes online so students could finish their term from the safety of home. At the same time, our spring term instructors began adapting their lectures, which would begin in just a few short weeks, for online delivery. Now, with these experiences as a foundation, we are building upon our successes and incorporating the best aspects of remote teaching into our plans for future terms. 

  3. May 5, 2020Capstone Awards Ceremony

    On Thursday, April 30th, Chemical Engineering’s faculty and staff came together online with students and their families for the Capstone Awards Ceremony, a unique celebration of the many accomplishments of our fourth-year students. After logging in from home, where they watched the proceedings on their own computer screen, guests enjoyed an awards show to rival the Oscars, with heartfelt speeches, humorous skits and a musical performance.

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  1. July 15, 2020EngSoc Start a Garden and How to Not Kill Your Plants
    EngSoc Start a Garden and How to Not Kill Your Plants

    Did Carole Baskin murder your plant? Join us, and we will help you take care of a plant so that it can defy that husband murderer!

  2. July 16, 2020Research Webinar | Detection and Identification of New Biomarkers for Disease Diagnostics, by Professor Megan Yi-Ping Ho

    Join us to learn about Professor Megan Yi-Ping Ho’s research into using DNA nanosensors and microfluidics to identify and validate new molecular biomarkers. The Department of Chemical Engineering is pleased to have Professor Yi-Ping Ho share information about her efforts to help interrupt disease transmission and enable precise predictions of treatment response or disease progression.

  3. July 21, 2020EngSoc Women In Engineering Happy Hour

    Fix yourself a drink, grab a seat, and join some friends online for a socially distant happy hour!

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