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Chemical engineering introduces new flexible undergraduate degree

10-ENG to offer concentrations in energy, environment, biomedicine and materials
On April 20, MIT faculty voted to approve the Department of Chemical Engineering's new flexible degree program, called 10-ENG. Launching in fall 2011, the 10-ENG program will lead to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, as recommended by the department.

This degree will incorporate many of the core components of the traditional undergraduate chemical engineering degree, while including coursework from other departments across the Institute, in subject areas including energy, environmental studies, biomedical engineering and materials design and processing. Other concentration areas will likely be added in the near future based on student feedback and developing areas of interest in the chemical engineering field.

The field of chemical engineering has seen growth in areas involving significant interdisciplinary effort. They include new energy technologies; biomedical engineering applications; control, protection and remediation of the environment; micro- and nanoscale materials design and manufacture; and multi-scale computational modeling. The department established 10-ENG to address this changing environment, as well as in response to an expressed need by undergraduates for more flexible options in their chemical engineering education.

“The 10-ENG degree responds to changes in the professional and multidisciplinary world engineering graduates face, while upholding the educational rigor and depth in engineering education MIT is known for,” said Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering Paula Hammond, the department’s executive officer and author of the proposal for the newly established degree.

The new 10-ENG is the third flexible engineering degree to be offered at MIT; the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics have also established flexible degrees.

Those interested in learning more about 10-ENG should contact Hammond or Barry Johnston. For more information, go to

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