About Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Transforming raw materials into products that are foundational to modern society

43

full-time faculty

6

research chairs

480

graduate students

550

undergraduate students

What chemical engineers do


Traditional roles

Chemical engineers produce chemicals through reactions and/or separation processes. Traditional chemical engineering involves the conversion of wood to paper; sand to glass; crude oil and natural gas to plastics and fuels; intermediate chemicals into cloth fibres; and minerals into construction materials. Chemical engineers also make materials for air and water purification; produce pharmaceuticals, personal hygiene products and cosmetics; and make disinfectants, fertilizers and more.

Today's change leaders

Today, chemical engineers are taking us into the future - making significant contributions in microelectronics, energy conversion and storage, nanomaterials and composites, automation, biotechnology and beyond.

What oil and gas engineers do


Traditional roles

Oil and gas engineers create and use the technologies required to find, recover, and develop oil and gas products. Our students, faculty and researchers are revolutionizing the energy industry from the inside out.

Today's roles in sustainability

Oil and gas engineers are developing new solutions that reduce the carbon footprint of the global energy sector. Together with industry, they are developing a better understanding of underground reservoirs, and recovering petroleum in a safer, more economical and environmentally sustainable way.

Historical timeline

1966

The Department of Chemical Engineering was established. Dr. Robert Ritter is appointed as the first department head. Construction on Engineering Blocks C and D are completed.

1968

Dr. Ritter is appointed as dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Dr. Matt Mohtadi becomes our department head.

1970

Dr. Peter Holst is the first to graduate with a doctorate from our department.

1971

Our first female chemical engineering student, Gillian Earl, graduates with a BSc.

1972

Dr. Eric Tollefson is appointed as our department head.

1980

Our name is changed to the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

1981

Dr. Robert Heidemann is appointed as our department head.

1983

Dr. Roger Butler becomes the first endowed chair at the University of Calgary - the CIM Petroleum Society Chair in Petroleum Engineering.

1986

Dr. Gordon Moore is appointed as our acting department head.

1988

Dr. Jana Simandl becomes the first female PhD graduate of the department.

1990

The department sets a new record for student enrollment: 143 undergraduates. Female student enrollment also hits a record of 32 students.

1992

Dr. Moore is appointed as our department head.

1998

We receive approval and funding for a new BSc program in oil and gas engineering.

2000

Dr. Anil Mehrotra is appointed as our interim department head.

2004

Dr. Tom Harding is appointed as our department head.

2009

Dr. Mehrotra again becomes our acting department head for nine months. Dr. U.T. Sundararaj is appointed as our department head.

2014

Dr. Ian Gates is appointed as our department head.

2016

The Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex is opened - featuring advanced research and teaching facilities.

2017

Dr. Ayo Jeje is steps in as our interim department head.

2018

Dr. Anil Mehrotra becomes our interim department head.

2019

Dr. Arin Sen is appointed as our department head.