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Chemical Engineering

At WVU, we provide a wide range of research and educational opportunities for graduate study. Our smaller student population allows us to offer highly personalized education and allows advisers to spend more time with students. A significant portion of our research is funded by industry.

It should be emphasized that the Ph.D. is primarily a research degree, and therefore the research work for a doctoral dissertation should show a high order of originality on the part of the student and must offer an original contribution to the field of engineering science.

Career Profile

The chemical engineering curriculum gives graduates a broad background in chemical engineering processes and prepares them to become professional engineers. Students are prepared for positions in operation, development, design, construction and management of industrial plants. These industries subject raw materials to chemical and physical changes and produce economically desirable products. Graduates are also qualified for positions with research institutions and government agencies.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

April 1

Spring Deadline

October 1

Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Faculty Profile

Dr. Dady Dadyburjor

Dr. Dadyburjor has taught virtually all of the undergraduate courses in chemical engineering, and many of the graduate courses. His research interests are primarily in heterogeneous catalysis and the production of fuels and chemicals from indigenous and cheap feedstocks. Research topics include the deactivation and regeneration of catalysts, the design of novel catalysts specific for selective reactions, the production of synthesis gas (a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen) from natural gas (methane), and products from synthesis gas. Dr. Dadyburjor is a Resident Faculty Fellow at the National Energy Technology Center of the US Department of Energy. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Fuel Chemistry and Technology, a Director of the Council for Chemical Research, and a Councilor of the Pittsburgh Local Section of AIChE. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Dr. Dadyburjor is a past Chair of Area 1b (Kinetics, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering) of the National Program Committee of AIChE (currently Section 20 of AIChE), and a past Director of the North American Catalysis Society.

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