2019–20 ChBE Undergraduate Advisors:
To schedule a meeting please contact the advisor via email. They will be able to assist students who are considering the major but who have not yet declared.
At Rice, many resources are available to guide the undergraduate in making sound career choices. The university’s Center for Career Development connects students with potential employers through a network of contacts, events, interview hosting, etc. Here you will also find career advisors, résumé help and interviewing tips.
Chemical engineering students also will benefit from the experience and mentoring of the professors within the department. Each is committed to guiding and advising students to help them meet their full potential. Undergraduate students may work as part of a team that includes graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, who are also valuable resources in the process of discerning career direction.
Our alumni mentoring program provides an opportunity for students to interact on a casual basis with graduates that are currently working in a variety of academic and research positions. Interested undergraduates may choose from an available list of mentors based on the mentor’s biography and the student’s personal interests.
Students/mentors arrange their interactions in different ways, such as phone or email conversations, meeting for a meal or other social occasion, or in the office or other professional setting. There is no requirement for a specific time commitment.
Careers in Chemical Engineering
Below are links useful to students interested in a chemical and biomolecular engineering career:
How does one prepare for a career in chemical engineering?
What opens to our graduates career paths ranging from the petrochemical, electronic and biotechnology industries to business, law and medicine? The answer is a broad education that encompasses both fundamentals and applications to give students a sound scientific and technical grounding for further development in a variety of professional environments.
Courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology and computational engineering provide the foundation for the chemical engineering core, which introduces students to chemical process fundamentals, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, kinetics, reactor design, process control and process design. Chemical engineering curricula place an emphasis on chemistry not found in other engineering disciplines. This background allows chemical engineers to tackle a wide variety of technical problems arising, for example, in the chemical, electronic and pharmaceuticals/biotechnology industries.
To complete their technical education, Rice students seeking a BS degree in chemical engineering take course electives in two or more other engineering disciplines to satisfy an "engineering breadth" requirement. Or, they can use their course electives to create a concentration or focus area in one of the following disciplines:
- Biotechnology and Bioengineering
- Computational Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Sustainability and Energy Engineering
- Engineering Breadth
Interested in working on a research project? Check out our faculty's research interests.