Graduate School

Chemical Engineering—MS, PhD

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University is about what’s possible. We work across disciplines and with industry support to produce impactful research. Our facilities, faculty, and programs are your formula for getting ahead.

What you’ll work on

Many of our research projects are driven by University initiatives in sustainability, biotechnology, and alternative energy. Our students get industry-relevant, hands-on experience with cutting-edge equipment for chemical processing, instrumentation, control, and data acquisition. Our nationally recognized research focuses on process safety and systems engineering, energy production and storage, sustainability, applied thermodynamics, polymer and minerals processing, new materials synthesis, iron and steel production, and biochemical engineering.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Alternative Energy
  • Bio-Based Products
  • Biochemical
  • Biofuels

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Who you’ll work with

Work side-by-side with internationally recognized faculty advisors on a wide range of research activities that are often interdisciplinary, with strong industry collaborations. Chemical and materials industries fund a quarter of our research programs, with additional support from government agencies.

Faculty Spotlight

Rebecca Ong

Rebecca Garlock Ong
Assistant Professor,
Department of Chemical Engineering

“Everything you use on a daily basis—there was a chemical engineer involved in making it.”

The goal of Dr. Ong's lab is to produce environmentally-friendly, renewable fuels and products from lignocellulosic (non-food) plant materials.

Where you’ll work

Our fully equipped labs and analytical equipment let you study inorganic and biochemical systems and processes ranging from nanoscale to pilot plant scale. Projects go well beyond small-scale laboratory demonstrations.