Department of Chemical Engineering was established by Haramaya University, Institute of Technology Academic Council in June 2011. The program was launched to provide a five year under-graduate program in Chemical Engineering leading to B.Sc. degree.
The degree is designed to enable the students to develop a deeper level of understanding of interdisciplinary field that is relevant to the Chemical Engineering core that strengthen their preparation for industrial work. This undergraduate program provides the students with the fundamentals of discipline intended for the student who seeks a broad education in the application of Chemical Engineering including three fields of specialization Process Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Biochemical Engineering. In addition to science and engineering, students take an integrated sequence of subjects in the humanities and social sciences.
The department has made remarkable progress in teaching; and 39 students have graduated in 2016 and 85 students have graduated in 2017 with Process Engineering and Environmental Engineering streams. Most of these graduates are working in different industries and enterprises such as chemical, cement, beverage, sugar, food factories and mineral processing industries, as well as higher educational institutions. Moreover, several efforts are underway to boost research and consultancy services. The department of Chemical Engineering had actively participated in various activities carried out by the Institute. Most of the final year projects submitted by graduating students are geared towards solving real life industrial and societal problems.
As Haramaya University is one of the pioneer and leading higher institutions in the country, the University, specifically Haramaya Institute of Technology, is upgrading to research institute rather than teaching center. So that, considering existing faculties and research facilities of the program and to accomplish the target planed by the institute, department of Chemical Engineering need to commence the first phase of the graduate program with Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering with emphasis on Process Engineering. And later postgraduate program in Environmental and Biochemical Engineering will be established in the future when the program has more and better qualified faculties and enough research facilities. For the beginning, a course of Process Engineering is going to be launched from the fall semester of 2018/2019 academic year.
The Vision of Department of Chemical Engineering, Haramaya Institute of Technology, Haramaya University is to be one of the leading departments in the field of Chemical Engineering in Ethiopia with international reputation by 2025.
The Mission of Department of Chemical Engineering, Haramaya Institute of Technology, Haramaya University is to produce competent graduates in field of Chemical Engineering specifically Process Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Biochemical Engineering streams, to undertake rigorous, problem solving and cutting edge researches, disseminate knowledge and technologies, and provide demand-driven and transformative community services.
The Department of Chemical Engineering has two Assistant Professors in Process Engineering, one Assistant Professor in Biochemical Engineering, six lecturers, eleven assistant lecturers and two technical assistants. Additionally, the department has staffs in study leave such as one for PhD and seven for M.Sc. program.
Abdi Nemera, PhD
Assistant Professor in Process Engineering
Head, Department of Chemical Engineering
Haramaya Institute of Technology