Facts & Rankings

In the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, we lead pioneering research in vital areas such as energy and the environment, human health, materials and manufacturing. We educate students who go on to transform industries, benefit society and improve quality of life.

#5

Undergraduate Chemical Engineering
U.S. News & World Report

#7

Graduate Chemical Engineering
U.S. News & World Report

$22M

Research Expenditures

Academic Areas

  • Advanced Materials
  • Polymers and Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Energy
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Process Engineering

Recent Department Highlights

  • In 2020, Professor Jennifer Maynard helped redesign the SARS-CoV-2 virus spike protein to enable much faster and more stable production of vaccines. Her group’s work is now contributing to a second wave of COVID-19 vaccines being tested that are promising low-cost candidates.

  • We recently hired three new assistant professors: Brian Belardi specializing in biotechnology, therapeutics and drug delivery; Joaquin Resasco an expert in catalysts who’s looking to enable next-generation sustainable technologies; and Gabriel Sanoja who focuses on engineering mechanical properties and the lifetime of soft polymeric materials. We also recently hired an assistant professor of instruction named Carlos Landaverde-Alvarado, who will oversee and manage our undergraduate teaching labs.

Undergraduate Students

  • 746 Enrolled
  • 38% Women
  • 17% Underrepresented minorities
  • 1469 Average SAT score
  • $1.5M Awarded in scholarships

Graduate Students

  • 156 Enrolled
  • 42% Women
  • 35% Underrepresented minorities 
  • 41 NSF Fellows

Faculty

  • 28 Tenure/tenure-track faculty
  • 12 Members of the National Academy of Engineering
  • 2 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Recipients
  • Over 95 issued US patents
  • 100% of our faculty have been recognized with prestigious or coveted national or international awards in research, teaching, career accomplishments, or all three
  • 84% of faculty work in two or more research areas
  • 1/3 of faculty hold dual appointments in UT departments including chemistry, physics, pharmacy, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering
  • Over 30% of faculty have founded or co-founded startups in the last decade in fields that include biotechnology, medical therapy, diagnostics and water treatment

Degress Awarded 2019 - 2020

  • 164 Bachelor’s degrees
  • 6 Master’s degrees
  • 19 Doctoral degrees

After Graduation

  • Average starting salary, B.S. graduates - $80,000
  • 90% of undergraduate students have jobs or admission to graduate school upon graduation
  • The department has a vast network of more than 8,000 alumni located around the world

Preparing Students for Success

  • The department has partnered with Shell to deliver an updated process safety course, taught by Dr. Thomas Edison with guest lectures from seasoned industry safety specialist Natalie Salter. The course prepares students with safety skills typically learned on the job.

  • The department’s safety mentor program brings industry representatives to campus to perform research lab walkthroughs and educate students about recognizing hazards and planning safe experiments.

  • Entrepreneurship in Chemical Engineering is a unique course that is very practical for preparing students to succeed in taking an idea to market as entrepreneurs.

  • Courses throughout the chemical engineering curriculum include leadership development modules that teach students about integrity, collaboration, scholarship and service.