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Chemical engineering touches just about every part of our lives. If you have put on soft contact lenses, changed into sweat-proof athletic wear, filled your car with gasoline before driving to the gym, and consumed purified water from a plastic bottle or artificially sweetened soda after your workout, you can thank chemical engineers for making those products possible.
Chemical engineers use chemistry, physics, biology, math and other sciences - along with engineering principles - to make better products such as high-efficiency fuels, medicine, electronics, food and cosmetics.
Chemical engineers design processes and products to solve problems and to supply vital materials for our technology-based society. Their work ranges from making clean energy, to producing more-affordable medicine, to streamlining semiconductor manufacturing - and even ways to improve food production and processing.
You will find chemical engineers in big places like manufacturing industries and production plants. You will find chemical engineers in research laboratories working at the molecular level to create new synthetic materials. Molecular level work also involves life sciences to look for ways to prevent disease and to improve diagnostics and therapeutic methods such as improved drug delivery.