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Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering Bachelor of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Chemical engineering has grown out of a combination of chemistry and engineering associated with industrial processes. Today, it comprises knowledge used in processes that change the physical state or composition of materials. Chemical engineers hold key roles in the design, development, production, and purification of materials that are considered essential to human life and well-being, such as food products, fuels and lubricants, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, synthetic fibers, microelectronic components, and plastics. Chemical engineers are involved in reducing the use of energy to make these products in safe and sustainable ways. They are responsible for minimizing environmental effects of chemical production on the environment.

Petroleum engineering is concerned with the drilling, recovery, production, and distribution of petroleum and natural gas. Petroleum engineers use knowledge of fluid and rock properties in subsurface environments with methods of producing oil and gas safely and economically. At KU, the focus is on reservoir engineering, improving production from oil and gas reservoirs. Reservoir engineers use geological detection with computerized mathematical analysis to produce these valuable raw materials. Through such techniques, petroleum engineers continue to extract oil and gas from reservoirs that were considered uneconomical only a few years ago. Petroleum engineering is uniquely challenging in that the raw product must be recovered far from physical observation.


Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Tuesday, May 14th - 8:00AM | Mubarak Alhajeri's Final Doctoral Defense | 298 Slawson 

and 2:00PM | Sayantani Basu's Comprehensive Exam | G535 LEEP2

Wednesday, May 15th - 9:00am | Sherifa Cudjoe's Final Doctoral Defense | 298 Slawson Hall

Saturday, May 18th - School of Engineering Recognition Ceremony | starts at 8am | Allen Fieldhouse

Saturday, May 18th - Doctoral Hooding Ceremony | 7:30pm | Lied Center | LINK

Sunday, May 19th - University Commencement | 10:30am | https://commencement.ku.edu/

Monday, May 20th - CPE Department Picnic | starts @ 5PM | Holcom Park Shelter


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