August 5, 2013

LSU Cain Department of Engineering experiences five-year, 72 percent enrollment growth

Two cities in Louisiana have been named in the top five cities in the U.S. for chemical engineers, according to data and research firm ValuePenguin. Baton Rouge, La., is ranked third and Lake Charles, La., is ranked fifth on the firm's list of “Best Cities for Chemical Engineers,” behind Houston and Beaumont, Texas, which ranked first and second respectively.

LSU’s Cain Department of Chemical Engineering provides a large percentage of the workforce in both cities and throughout the state as a leader in education and research in a field that is crucial to the economy of the Gulf South. It is the second-largest discipline in LSU’s College of Engineering with 449 undergraduates and 119 graduate students, experiencing a five-year enrollment growth of almost 72 percent. It is also the largest and most active chemical engineering department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the state.

Best city rankings were based on median salary, job opportunities and average cost of living. According to the firm, as of 2010, there were approximately 30,200 chemical engineers employed in the U.S., earning a national average salary of $90,300 per year. Based on LSU’s spring 2012 graduation survey, the average starting salary for 2012 LSU chemical engineering graduates was $73,867.

“Throughout the state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region, chemical companies are expanding their operations and capacities, and along with these expansions is a growing demand for well-educated chemical engineers,” said Judy Wornat, chair, LSU Cain Department of Chemical Engineering. “Educating students to meet the growing demand for top-notch chemical engineers is exactly what the LSU Department of Chemical Engineering is committed to doing—and making sure that our graduates are equipped for tomorrow’s demands, not just for today’s.  A key component in meeting these demands as we go forward will be the new facilities and space that will be available to us through the Breaking New Ground Campaign.”

Launched publicly on April 20, 2013, with a $15 million gift commitment from Phyllis M. Taylor to honor the legacy of Patrick F. Taylor, the “Breaking New Ground” campaign will support the next generation of engineering education at LSU and holds great promise for a stronger College of Engineering.

For more information about ValuePenguin’s rankings, click here

For more information about the LSU Cain Department of Chemical Engineering, click here

For more information about the LSU College of Engineering’s Breaking New Ground Campaign, click here

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For more information, contact Mimi LaValle, College of Engineering, mlavall@lsu.edu or 225-439-5633. 



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