Energy and the Environment
From the tiniest of nanomaterials to global energy production, storage, and use, engineers trained in the core technologies of separations, materials and reactions can scale green energy for the world. As we develop alternatives to fossil fuels, engineers are searching for ways to protect the environment, support economic prosperity across society, and safeguard human health. Engineers must innovate to overcome the challenges facing use of batteries for electric cars, nuclear fuel production and shipping, solar sourcing, biomass-derived fuels, and the reimagining of wastes as resources. Chemical engineers are needed for all aspects of the coming global transition to greener energy. The problem solving skills and foundational scientific knowledge developed in the Energy and the Environment Concentration will allow graduates to benefit their local and global communities through work in a broad range of fields, including chemical emissions reduction, reactor design, water and air purification, and sustainable product design.