The Chemical Engineering Department of the Escola Politécnica of University of São Paulo (EPUSP) was created officially in 1961. However, the chemical engineering undergraduate course exists since 1925, and the Polytechnic School was created at the end of the 19th century (1889).
The Chemical Engineering Department has a 12900 m² area, and it accommodates six laboratories which research includes Fundamentals (thermodynamics, thermal and mechanical separations, reactions), Biochemical, Food, Environmental, Process System Engineering and Electrochemistry.
Research in the EPUSP Chemical Engineering Department is both financed by Governmental Institutions and Private Partners. As a consequence of the intense research activity, the number of contributions in journals and symposia is very expressive and many practical solutions have been proposed for private partners (Petrobras, Oxiteno, Rhodia, Fafen, Polibrasil, Germinal, Forty, Cosipa, for instance).
Education in graduate and undergraduate levels has brought the EPUSP Chemical Engineering Department to an excellence level recognized in Brazil and internationally. The main distinctive characteristic of the undergraduate course is that it is cooperative. From the third year on, students intercalate professional activities with academic periods. In any of the periods, students dedicate exclusively to work or to study. As a consequence, when they graduate, students have a full time working experience of 16 months, which is extremely attractive for the Chemical Engineering Industry.
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