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Message from the Chair

Ronald J. Willey

Interim Chair & Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering
Northeastern University

Welcome to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University (NU) – the private university which receives more undergraduate applications annually than any other university in the United States (earning NU the title of the most applied-to private university in the United States). We offer degrees at all levels (Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy) and are internationally renowned for high quality classroom-based education in conjunction with industrial work experience. Our top-rated (and one of the nation’s largest) Cooperative (Co-op) Education program was one of the first in the country and the Chemical Engineering Co-op program places students in over 55 companies spanning the areas of consumer products, plastics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, alternative energy, and petrochemicals, to name a few. We even place students in International Co-op locations in the UK, France, Switzerland, China, and Vietnam. It is not hard to see why we have been ranked four times as the Best Internship/Career Service University by the Princeton Review.

Our undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. ensuring that our program meets the quality standards established by the profession of Chemical Engineering. Our award-winning undergraduate student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is very active in many outreach programs, such as the ChemE Car competition. Our graduate program is very interdisciplinary and offers students opportunities to work with outstanding faculty to attain research experience and achieve their career goals in a variety of sub-fields of Chemical Engineering.

I invite you to explore the NU Department of Chemical Engineering website and find out why Northeastern has been listed among the top “up-and-coming national universities” by U.S. News and World Report.


Ronald Willey