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Industry & Alumni

Industry Partnerships

Cultivate emerging talent, spur innovation, and tap into the skills and expertise of UW ChemE

The UW Department of Chemical Engineering educates the next generation of engineering leaders. Our students work with internationally-recognized faculty and gain specialized training in molecular engineering, nanotechnology, clean energy, biotech, and more.

Industry partners augment these educational experiences and propel innovation in our labs. Partnerships can take a variety of forms, all of which play an integral role in supporting our students, faculty, and research. At the same time, the department can help companies build employee skills and knowledge, establish important research connections, and access talent and expertise.

Ways to engage

Industry Capstone Program

The capstone program brings together UW students and companies to tackle real-world, interdisciplinary engineering problems. Sponsors contribute projects from their companies and support teams of 3–5 Engineering students. Learn more about capstone projects in ChemE and the College of Engineering Industry Capstone Program >>

  • Project sponsorship starts at $15,000

Research

Through philanthropic giving, companies strengthen strategic research areas and build relationships with faculty and graduate students. There are no contracted deliverables or intellectual property access. Companies may also provide gift support through in-kind donations of equipment or software, or through discounts on its products.

  • Gift funding starts at $25,000

Through sponsored projects, industry partners work directly with faculty to define custom projects that align with their needs and interests. 

  • Support varies based on project scope, with a one-year project typically starting at $125,000

Graduate Fellowships

Support master's and Ph.D. students through named fellowships 

  • Fellowships: $10,000/yr for 3 years for term; $250,000 for endowed

Faculty Support

Named professorships and faculty fellowships offer additional resources for research and educational activities, as well as prestige for the recipients. Professorships facilitate companies’ relationships with faculty working in their areas of interest, and help UW ChemE recruit and retain top talent.

  • Faculty fellowships: $10,000/year for 3 years for term; $250,000 for endowed
  • Career development professorships: $20,000/year for 3 years for term; $500,000 for endowed
  • Professorships: $40,000/year for 3 years for term; $1,000,000 for endowed

Data Science Training for Practicing Engineers

Chemical and process engineers at your company who are interested in optimizing and automating plant operations or developing data-driven strategies can enroll in the UW GIX Data Science for Engineers course. The course builds off of our successful graduate curriculum. Participants in individual courses will earn 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per course. Series participants receive 6 transcriptable credits from the University of Washington.

  • GIX Data Science for Engineers: $2,500/course (15% discount for 3-course series)

UW ChemE faculty can also work in consultation with your company to develop and run a data science course to meet the company’s specific needs. These can be full week “boot camps” or run over a longer period of time.

  • Custom program: costs vary

Annual Lecture

A named annual lecture in ChemE allows companies to invite distinguished speakers to campus to share their research with a public audience. All related communication will highlight the company’s support, and company personnel will have opportunities to connect with the speaker.

  • Term sponsorship: $4,000/year for 3 years
  • Endowed lecture: $100,000

Educational Programs

Gift support to student programs helps build strategic connections for recruitment.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) — UW Chapter
This undergraduate student organization provides opportunities for academic and professional growth. Companies can make connections for recruiting and add value to the student experience by hosting plant tours and information sessions.

Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students (ACES)
ACES facilitates professional development and outreach opportunities, and hosts the Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) every fall to bridge the gap between industry and academia. There, industry partners learn about UW ChemE research, interact with future research leaders and help improve the quality of graduate education.

Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE)
WChE is a group of undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and professional women as well as male allies. It was founded to strengthen the network of women ChemE's across all levels and to promote women in engineering. WChE holds an annual industry event in November where industry partners can provide panelists, network with students, and host information tables.

C-HACK: Chemical Engineering Hackathon
Hosted and run by UW Chemical Engineering faculty over two weeks in January, undergrads complete a Python tutorial and team up to solve a chemical engineering problem with code. Industry partners can engage by supplying projects and data, or by participating as judges.