So, amidst my Conservation Principles in Chemical Engineering homework, I shall enlighten you on the endless branches that make up the bountiful tree of Chemical Engineering
1) Pharmaceuticals-Indeed, chemical engineering make up an integral part of the manufacturing of drugs that are used in everyday life. It can be easily defined as such: The chemist creates the drug, and the chemical engineer works to mass-produce a microscopic amount in millions of batches OR works on making sure the pill you ingest reaches its target area, aka drug delivery. This is a large industry for ChemEs
2) Oil and Manufacturing-The millions of gallons of oil that are processed every time a car is filled up, or the plants that make the chemicals to help us everyday people do what we do, a chemical engineer sits at the heart of these. Many in this profession must work to refine oil to get the gasoline byproduct, take out harmful toxins etc. They also oversee the processes that mix, condense, heat and create all types of chemicals that operate a system.
3) Food industry-When you (yes you) eat the food you may be eating, feel free to stop and thank a chemical engineer. Yes, they work to keep the food processing business functioning by developing eco-friendly methods of processing and making everything from salad dressing to the coating on m&m’s
4) Miscellaneous-This category is almost endless. In fact, ChemEs work in industries that include makeup, household products, clean water refining, electricity, nanotechnology, and lots of other areas that I, personally, haven’t even realized yet (stay tuned).
So, hopefully this sheds some light on what these engineers do on a daily basis to make society a better place.