Department of Chemical Engineering

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What is Chemical Engineering?

Using the principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering sciences, Villanova chemical engineering students learn to produce, transform and properly use chemicals and energy to produce almost anything. You will be taught to creatively solve technical, commercial and social problems arising in industries which manufacture bulk chemicals, fuels, pharmaceuticals, cell therapies, plastics, cosmetics, foods and much more. These solutions must respond to economic constraints as well as social, ethical, environmental and safety implications.

Why Villanova?

At Villanova University, chemical engineering undergraduates and graduate students enjoy small class sizes, practical, hands-on experiences, and the attention of professors who are fully committed to your success. Opportunities exist to conduct research with faculty who are experts in the fields of:

  • Alternative energy
  • Biochemical engineering and bioprocessing
  • Biomass conversions for alternative fuels and green materials
  • Biomaterials and drug delivery
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Cellular Therapies
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Nanomaterials for catalysis 
  • Systems biology


After Earning Your Degree

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016), median annual pay for chemical engineers was $98,340. The average starting salary for Villanova chemical engineering undergraduates was $61,859 (2017).

Recent Villanova bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates are employed as:

  • Advanced control engineers
  • Analysts
  • Chemical engineers
  • Consultants
  • Manufacturing engineers
  • Process engineers
  • Research & development associates
  • Senior scientists
  • Systems engineers

With companies, including:

  • Air Products & Chemicals
  • Dow Chemical
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Hargrove Life Sciences
  • Merck
  • Praxair
  • Procter & Gamble
  • U.S. Navy
  •  Xyntek, Inc.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Noelle Comolli, Associate Professor

Fast Facts:


Full-time faculty


ChE undergraduates


Master’s students (Chemical)


Master’s students (BioChemical)


PhD students

Seeking Endowed Chair

To contribute to NovaCell, the Department of Chemical Engineering seeks applicants for the Nance K. Dicciani Endowed Chair. More information