chemical engineering


Definition of chemical engineering

: engineering dealing with the industrial application of chemistry

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One of his sisters encouraged his interest in science — real science, not science fiction — which took him to Oregon State University’s chemical engineering department. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa man’s technology went to the moon and back throughout the Apollo era," 2 Aug. 2019 Technion - Israel Institute of Technology President Peretz Lavie and Dr. Assaf Zinger, an up-and-coming chemical engineering and nanotechnology researcher at the Israeli university, gave a joint presentation at a recent event in Bal Harbour. Sergio Carmona,, "Technion’s global relations presented in Miami," 16 July 2019 Another semifinalist, Scott Banta, a professor of chemical engineering at Columbia University, proposes a new way to create biofuels that mimics biological processes at the molecular level. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "What big ideas will shape U.S. science over the next decade? Here are some contenders," 20 June 2019 Miramontes, who earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Mexico, won many patents for pharmaceutical chemistry and taught at various universities. Robert D. Mcfadden,, "George Rosenkranz, a developer of the birth control pill, dies at 102," 26 June 2019 Even ninth-rounder Simon Whiteman, a shortstop from Yale with a 3.99 GPA as a chemical engineering major, has an aunt who was a three-time All America softball player at Allegheny College. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ first 10 picks heavy on left-handed hitters, baseball pedigrees," 4 June 2019 The provost at the California Institute of Technology, where Dr. Arnold is a professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry, sent a congratulatory note to the Caltech community. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Among the Lesser-Known Nobel Prize Perks: Free Parking," 7 Oct. 2018 Many of those programs are among the top 10 chemical engineering programs in the country. Kate Murphy,, "She's been offered $2.3M in scholarships to Ph.D. programs. She's not old enough to vote.," 29 Mar. 2018 Agrawal and his wife have two children: Ethan, 24, who graduated from Rice University with a degree in chemical engineering, and Serena 21, a junior studying mechanical engineering at Rice. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "New UMKC Chancellor promises ‘something spectacular’ for Kansas City," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of chemical engineering

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chemical engineering was in 1869

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English Language Learners Definition of chemical engineering

: a type of engineering that deals with the use of chemistry in industry

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