Chemical Engineering Camp

The 2020 Camp Application is Currently Closed.
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For rising 9th-12th graders.
July 26th – August 1st, 2020


Chemical engineering combines science and mathematics to produce useful materials. In most cases, a chemical engineer takes a scientific process or discovery and engineers it so that it can be made on a large scale. By making food, clothes, power, medicines, and plastic on a large scale, they are then more affordable for all of us!

Through lectures, hands-on activities, and team projects, campers experience activities such as:

  • Working directly with engineering equipment such as distillation towers in a chemical plant or an extruder machine to make plastics;
  • Extracting DNA from fruits and vegetables and understanding how plants make food;
  • Using Silly Putty to understand the physics of fluids, computer games to understand protein folding, or chocolate to understand crystal formations; and
  • Attending field trips to witness how chemical engineering topics apply to the real world and to talk with female engineers about what it’s like to work in these locations.

Past field trips have included:

• Lyondell Bissell Plant in Tuscola, IL
• Abbott Power Plant in Champaign, IL

From previous years:

Camp Coordinators:

Dr. Diwakar Shukla is an assistant professor in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering. His research interests are in using computational methods to address chemical and biomolecular engineering problems. For extra information about Dr. Shukla from CHBE, go here.

Dr. Joshua Bennett is a lecturer in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering. He is the department’s head advisor and teaches the senior level chemical engineering design course and unit operations laboratory.

“This week we experienced many different lab activities, which were very hands-on and two of my favorite were the water filtration activity, where we filtered dirty water into clean water, and the crystal activity, where we learned about crystals and their properties. I liked experiencing this because I felt that I was able to understand the information and also apply it well, as an engineer would.” ~2019 ChemE camper

The Application is now open