We welcome all our new students to the exciting world of chemical engineering and to the department where you’ll learn how to become one. Chemical engineers design, develop and manage the processes that convert raw materials to useful products on a large scale. From oil to fuel and chemicals, from rock ore to metals, from biomass to fuels, from effluent to clean water – chemical engineers are working to enhance our quality of life in a sustainable way.

Over the next four years you’ll learn to understand the chemical reactions involved in these processes, how to control them, how to carry them out as efficiently as possible, and how to separate the valuable products that modern society needs. You’ll learn how to design the equipment to carry out these processes, and how to ensure that the processes are safe and protect the environment.

Studying chemical engineering is the intellectual experience of a lifetime – you’ll work in state of the art facilities and share ideas, thoughts and problems with the brightest young minds in the country.


Prof Steven Bradshaw
(Chairperson: Process Engineering)
Presentation to First Year Students


& Events

What’s the latest news in the Department of Process Engineering

Engineering Open Day 2016

Engineering Open Day

The annual Engineering Open Day will take place on Saturday 28 February 2015 from 09:00 until 16:00 at the Engineering building complex.

This popular event, which was held in April for many years, will coincide with Stellenbosch University’s Open Day from 2015.

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Engineering Open Day on Youtube


Find out more about our exciting research in Chemical Engineering

Biological bactericides effective against tuberculosis

Danielle Pretorius, working on Bacillus

Tuberculosis (TB) is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest global cause of deaths due to a single infectious agent. In 2013, 9 million people developed TB, and 1.3-1.5 million people died from this cause.  Over 95% of cases and deaths were in developing countries with Africa carrying the greatest burden of 280 cases per 100 000 population.

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Student life at the Department of Process Engineering

Jamie Cripwell unconfused by Confucious
Jamie Cripwell

Jamie Cripwell

Jamie Cripwell, a PhD student at Process Engineering, was named joint winner with Liesl Kotze, an Honours Mandarin student, of the South African Preliminary Competition to the 14th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students.

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