The University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemical Engineering is tied for first in Canada with the University of Alberta's Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering in the 2020 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, released by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
The Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, which also publishes the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), is an independent organization dedicated to “research on higher education intelligence and consultation.” It has been using a transparent methodology and objective third-party data to rank and present the world’s top universities since 2003 and academic subjects since 2009.
The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects measures universities’ quality of education, faculty, research output and influence, as measured by citations.
Chemical Engineering Professor Ali Elkamel explains that “The fact that our 37-faculty member department tied for first with the University of Alberta’s Chemical and Materials Engineering department, which has more than 60 faculty members, is indicative of the volume of high-quality and influential chemical engineering research being conducted at the University of Waterloo.”
Research with a purpose
Our faculty members seek solutions to the world’s biggest problems through innovative and high-quality research. We use chemical engineering as the starting point from which to remediate pollution, enhance the functionality and sustainability of materials, improve healthcare and maximize production efficiencies, to name a few.
For more information about our department’s research focus, check out our Research page.