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Chemical Engineering is extremely broad and dynamic field of study with constantly emerging technologies which profoundly affect our lives. Hence, the program, aims at addressing the economical, industrial, medical, technological and other needs and demands of the society. The department of Chemical engineering is the nucleus of research and development in the areas of chemical process industries. Research Development in chemical engineering encompasses product and process development of various chemicals, petrochemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals and other medicines, agrochemicals, processed foods, energy (fuels, nuclear energy, others), pulp and paper, beverages, cement, ceramics, and many others. It is the chemical engineer who is responsible for conceiving (product, process, and equipment), designing, operating, controlling, optimizing, and improving (modifying and modernizing) the industries that produce the aforementioned products and myriads of others: the conception, creation (design), operation, control, optimization, and improvement of the processing and related industries. Research and development methods for minimizing the generation of air, liquid and solid wastes, and treating existing wastes, design waste treatment and pollution control equipment and also advise industry and government regarding environmental policies and standards. The instruction at the undergraduate level, therefore, will aim at providing the students a broad-based education with emphasis on theory and practice of Chemical Engineering keeping in views the current and future requirements of the country in industry.
For all intents and purpose Chemical engineering profession has been began in 1888 when Professor Lewis Norton of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) initiated the first four year bachelor program. In Ethiopia Chemical engineering has been began in 1976 E.C in, A.A.U, Bahir Dar University in 1991 E.C, Adama and Dire Dawa University in 2001 E.C, Mekelle University ( EiT-M) launched the program in 2003 E.C
The educational requirement for working as a chemical engineer is a minimum of five -year
Bachelor’s degree in Chemical engineering or its area of specialization. All persons working in these areas must have at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Graduates in chemical engineering from accredited institutions are eligible to work as chemical engineers. Nowadays, additional criteria such as experience, results of professional tests, and specializations are used set for granting licenses that enable practicing as professional chemical engineers.
Practical experience is a directed and structured activity in the practice of Chemical Engineering during their higher education and/ or following receipt of a professional degree but prior to registration / licensing / certification. During the study time, the student should have a practical exposure in the chemical and any process industries (e.g. textile, leather and tannery, food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, etc) either in the form of practical attachment or internship. Moreover, a common platform should be created between the university and industry in the form of Research and Consultancy services. The government and private organizations should facilitate the linkage between universities and the industries. In fact, required competency for the outcome of excellence is achieved by adding experience to the educational components of a student's learning. Experience is essential; experience coupled with formal education is very much valuable.
Chemical Engineers are involved in all kinds of industries namely food and drink, pharmaceuticals, energy, oil and gas, water, chemicals, materials such as plastics, metals and ceramics as well as products such as toiletries, fertilizers and detergents. Chemical Engineers are also involved in assessing health, safety and environmental issues including the growing field of recycling and cleaner production, manufacture of life-saving vaccines and managing projects for the treatment of wastewater. Chemical Engineers use the modern information technology extensively for process development, design and to solve industrial problems using sophisticated simulation software to simulate the processes.
e.g. The following are the core services of chemical engineers
Seare G/meskel Program coordinator
Department of chemical engineering
Master ( from Addis Ababa university)
The department will have three chairs starting the coming year 2006; namely
Programs (Bachelor / Masters)
Bachelor of science in chemical engineering (undergraduate regular)
Current projects on process conducted by chemical engineers are the following
Facts and Figures
The current List of academic staffs in the department of chemical engineering are the following
Current Number of Chemical engineering students
2nd year: 90
3rd year: 120
The current laboratories available here in functional are the following
Program: Chemical Engineering
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