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URI Chemical Engineering StudentChemical engineering touches virtually every facet of our lives. Chemical engineers combine a wide range of disciplines to turn raw materials into life-saving medicines, innovative renewable energy sources, unique polymers and more.

Our program places an emphasis on hands-on learning and offers undergraduate students a chance to conduct sophisticated research with real world impacts. To build a specialty, students participate in one of three tracks: general, biology or pharmaceutical.

Graduates receive some of the highest salaries of those holding undergraduate degrees and are actively sought after by some of the most esteemed global companies and research institutions.

 

Department Spotlights

Zachary Caron

Zachary Caron was a chemistry whiz working in private industry and eager to work on a project that could thwart terrorism when he met Chemical Engineering Professor Otto Gregory.   Together, they’ve created a sensor that detects triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, the explosive terrorists used in bombings in Brussels, Paris, and London.  (MS ’16)

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Detectors could boost airport security

Scientists at the University of Rhode Island are developing new bomb-detecting devices that can sniff out even the slightest trace of explosive molecules in the air.

Dr. Gregory’s interview with RT America following the airport bombings in Turkey

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Kelsey Conahan

Read about Kelsey Conahan in the News at URI!  She is a Chemical Engineering/French major in the International Engineering Program (BS ’16).

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