Chemical Engineering, in essence, concerns the economic design and operation of chemical plants. Today, chemical plants encompass a considerable range. For example, computer chip manufacturing units, engineered micro-organisms for pharmaceuticals, engineered ecosystems for environment upgradation and drug delivery systems are some of the "new" chemical plants which coexist with the "traditional" chemical plants for manufacture of basic chemicals, petroleum, polymers, pharmaceuticals, cement, fertilizer and processed foods. Chemical Engineering fundamentals draw from physics, chemistry, mathematics and increasingly biology, which is combined with engineering art to understand and control molecular and macroscopic processes in these diverse systems. The discipline is expanding and the new science and engineering are helping develop technologies that are more efficient, safer and environmentally friendly. Chemical Engineers have made important contributions to society over the years in terms of products and processes. The breadth and versatility of their training will continue to open many new opportunities for chemical engineers in the future.
The Chemical Engineering Department at I.I.T. Bombay is committed to excellence in Chemical Engineering education in the context of the evolving discipline. The Department has a strong core curriculum complemented by electives in the important emerging areas, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Research is an important focus of activity and the Department has an excellent faculty who lead high quality research programmes in a wide spectrum of areas. The Department is provided with very good experimental facilities for research and a strong technical staff. The Department has strong links with industry with interactions spanning consultancy, sponsored research and continuing education. The alumni are important stakeholders and have provided generous support in different ways.
Our mission is to create and sustain an environment for learning, enquiry and generation of new ideas to aid the education of chemical engineers who will lead the profession, in the development of new technologies and in the service to the industry.