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Chemical engineers are concerned with the application of knowledge gained from basic sciences and practical experience to the development, design, operation, and management of plants and processes for economical and safe conversion of chemical raw materials to useful products. Because chemical engineering is the most broadly based of all engineering disciplines, the chemical engineer is in great demand in diverse technical and supervisory areas in a wide variety of industries, and has consistently commanded one of the highest starting salaries of all college students.

In addition to dominating the extensive chemical, petroleum, and petrochemical industries, for which Qatar and the rest of the Middle East is one of the world's leading regions, chemical engineers are leaders in such areas as food and pharmaceutical processing, biochemical and biomedical engineering, pollution control and abatement, polymers and plastics, ceramics and other advanced materials, corrosion, automation and instrumentation, aerospace materials, computer technology and data processing, safety, environmental control, and many others.
The Chemical Engineering curriculum provides a balanced education in virtually all aspects of chemical engineering principles and practice and includes education in economics, humanities, and communication. Chemical engineering courses emphasize fundamentals and methods that are applicable to the analysis, development, design, and operation of a wide variety of chemical engineering systems and processes, thereby providing the necessary background for entry into the wide array of activities described above. At the same time, specific example applications provide the student with insight into the ability of chemical engineers to work in such a variety of areas. The sequence of courses converges in the senior year into a comprehensive capstone design course that includes elements of economics, safety, and environmental issues. The course provides an experience much like that of an industry design project. It is this philosophy of fundamentals, applications, and design that has enabled our chemical engineering graduates to adapt readily to a dynamic and rapidly changing world and to solve problems they have not previously experienced.

To supplement coursework, well-equipped laboratories provide our students with experiences in operating and analyzing a variety of unit operations and process control equipment and in the use of the modern computational tools and software used in chemical engineering.
 
A large fraction of the chemical engineering students have been engaged in summer internship experiences with local and multinational companies. Also, the chemical engineering students are engaged in undergraduate research projects under the supervision of the faculty. 

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