Chemical Engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the development of processes and the design and operation of plants to efficiently use, produce, design, transport and transform energy and materials. Chemical engineers develop and design chemical manufacturing processes which include designing equipment, systems, and procedures for refining raw materials and for mixing, compounding and processing chemicals to make valuable products. They make valuable contributions to many areas of life such as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, business services, biotechnology, environmental health and safety industries, etc.
Aptitude Required to pursue chemical engineering
Students opting to pursue chemical engineering should have sound knowledge of chemistry, especially chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and chemical processes as well as the transformations they undergo. Aspirants should be interested in engineering and technology like applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods or services. They should also have the ability to approach problems with logic and reasoning.
Top Leaders in the Field
Vivek Vinayak Ranade is an Indian chemical engineer who is known for his computational fluid dynamics models which are capable of predicting unsteady and time-averaged flow characteristics of reactors and has assisted in enhancing the performance of the industrial reactors.
Bisweswar Bhattacharjee is recognized for his contributions in the development of gas centrifugal technology for the High Speed Rotors (HSR), used in the production of enriched Uranium and other strategic materials, at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).
G. D. Yadav: Ganapati Dadasaheb Yadav, a recipient of the civilian honour of the Padma Shri, is known to have done pioneering research on catalysis, with special focus on nanomaterials, nanocatalysis, energy engineering, and biotechnology.
Yogesh M. Joshi: A professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, Yogesh Moreshwar Joshi’s research includes contributions in the field of the structure and dynamics of colloidal glasses and gels, soft matter, Rheology of complex fluids and polymer nanocomposites.
Viswanathan Kumaran: Viswanathan Kumaran’s work is focused on the field of complex flows of complex fluids and he is well known to have carried out theoretical and experimental researches on the stability of flow past flexible surfaces.
Firms that hire Chemical Engineers
- Indian Oil Corporation
- Reliance Petroleum Ltd.
- BASF (Badische Anilin und Soda Fabrik)
- Tata Chemicals Ltd.
- International Paper
- Amoco Corporation
- Advanced Micro Devices
- Domino Foods
- Roche Pharmaceuticals
- Cipla Ltd.
- Bombay Dyeing
- General Motors
- Mahindra and Mahindra
- Britannia Industries
- SABIC (Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation)
- Formosa Plastics
- Asian Paints