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What is Chemical Engineering?
Chemical engineers deal with the behavior of chemicals and energy with a specific focus on chemical processes that transform raw materials into useful products. Chemical engineers employ mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering knowledge to solve technical problems.
Historically, chemical engineers are responsible for design and control of large-scale chemical manufacturing plants for the production of basic chemicals, plastics, and fibers. Today’s chemical engineers are also involved in food and fertilizer production, synthesis of electronic materials, waste recycling and remediation, and power generation. Chemical engineers also develop new materials (polymers, ceramics and semiconductors, for example) as well as biochemicals and pharmaceuticals. A technical degree, such as chemical engineering, coupled with the leadership skills you acquire as a military officer will lead you to become highly marketable after your military career.
Military Application of Chemical Engineering
There is not a specific basic branch in the Army that fully utilizes the skills of a chemical engineer. However, there are numerous positions in the Army that leverage their technical skills. The positions include Scientist, Army Research Labs; Engineer, Army R&D Community; Project/Program Manager, Acquisition Corps; Environmental Engineer, Medical Service Corps; Instructor, US Military Academy; Medical Doctor; and Corps of Engineer Officer. However, the chemical engineering discipline fosters analytical and problem solving skills that are essential to become a successful platoon leader, company commander and beyond.
Chemical Engineering Program at West Point
Our goal is to develop cadets with a firm foundation in the fundamentals of engineering, physical sciences, investigative techniques, and problem solving skills. We achieve this goal through a rigorous academic program, small classes, and a robust laboratory program. Typical classes will generally have 4-15 cadets, always emphasize cadet preparation, and focus on problem solving.
The department has modern computational tools and analytical instruments that are supported by civilian chemists and technicians. These facilities support laboratory courses and student research. Cadets may pursue summer research opportunities at various DOD and government laboratories. Cadets interested in the chemical engineering field may join the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Club. A fully recognized student chapter of the AIChE has been established and is very active.