Polymer Science and Engineering
The Polymer Science and Engineering program addresses a critical gap that exists currently in emerging materials-based and polymers-based industrial and academic sites. This is of critical import as greater than 300 million metric tons of plastics are produced annually across the globe. Thus, training the next generation of scientists and engineers to design, synthesis, and process polymeric materials in a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly manner will allow this industry to continue to positively impact nearly every human on the planet on a daily basis. In particular, the curriculum of the program allows for students with both engineering and chemistry backgrounds to use their undergraduate skill set in a manner that will allow for the rapid expansion of their technical abilities and marketable to potential employers. The courses available in this program are designed to approach the study of polymer science and engineering in a holistic way. That is, the students in the program will take courses on the synthesis of macromolecules, the physics of polymers, and the processing and manufacturing of end-use products. In this way, students are able to examine all parts of the polymer production life-cycle in order to equip them to be leaders in the global polymer market. When this is coupled with the management courses that are common to the Chemical Engineering Professional M.S. program, this training prepares students to enter, and quickly manage, the organizations that manufacture the plastics that are critical to society on a daily basis.