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​Chemical Engineering

No one needs to tell our students that global climate change, developing renewable energy sources, alleviating the shortage of clean water and providing for clean air in many areas of the world are all important challenges facing society.
In the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, our programs attract students interested in developing renewable energy sources, alleviating the shortage of clean water, improving air quality, and understanding climate change.

Through MAGEEP and I-CARES we have formed international teaching and research collaborations in the areas of energy and the environment with more than 24 international universities and industrial collaborators, allowing our undergraduates to interact with their counterparts around the world to study and work on solving some of society's most pressing problems.

“Studying at WashU has exposed me to some of the most amazing opportunities in my life. Here, I have the resources to further explore my passion for environmental sustainability and renewable energy.” - Zhaoyi (Amanda), Class of 2017

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Majors: Chemical Engineering, Finance

Minor: Energy Engineering

Extracurricular: Treasurer, Student Sustainability Fund; Outreach Chair, Society of Women Engineers; Volunteer, Campus YMCA; Net Impact; WashU Co-Op


Engineering Grand Challenge: Provide Access to Clean Water

With help from experts around the world, the National Academy of Engineering identified “Grand Challenges for Engineering” in the 21st century. From access to clean water and renewable energy sources to better medicine and a safer Internet, WashU engineers are committed to addressing them.