Faculty of Engineering Rabigh Branch - Chemical Engineering Department

Chemical Engineering


About Us

The department was established in 2010 and this was the first institute for Bachelor’s degree in the field of Chemical and Materials Engineering in the country. Keeping in view the market needs in the Saudi Arabia, this department was established as a combination of Chemical and Materials Engineering. The department at present is for undergraduates but the facilities for Masters and PhD studies in the field of Chemical and Materials Engineering are in the construction phase.

Courses of Study
The department offers courses of study leading to the following areas:
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with specialization in:
    o Process Engineering
    o Materials Engineering
    o Environmental Engineering (Water and Wastewater Treatment)
    o Alternative Energy Systems
The department has planned different laboratories with the most recent and updated equipment available in the market. These facilities will not only offer excellent learning opportunities for students and researchers but also extend materials testing and analysis services to the industry and other users.
The department has a planned a Computer Centre with latest computing facilities. Apart from teaching computer languages and application of computers in various courses of Chemical and Materials Engineering, the students will be encouraged to use this laboratory for their design projects, research dissertations, and class assignments.
The department has a well-organized conventional and e-library with a large stock of text books, handbooks, reference books and journals to keep pace with the modern research in the field.

Liaison with Chemical Industry
The department gives great importance to a close interaction with the industry. As a result the department has developed constructive links with some of the major organizations including Petrochemicals, Cement, Desalination, Environmental Agencies and a number of other important industrial organizations. Facilities for the practical training of students and exchange of staff members for mutual benefit are some of the features of such cooperation.

Continuing Professional Development Program
The Department has planned to conducts short courses under professional development program in various areas of Chemical and Materials Engineering:
  • Process Design and Simulation (Aspen Plus and Hysys)
  • Risk and Safety Management In Process Industry
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Matlab Simulink
  • Green Environment
  • Materials and Nanotechnology (Cambridge Engineering Selector; CES)


The department will be recognized as one of the leading comprehensive Chemical and Materials Engineering programs in the Middle East.


The department provides industry and government agencies with engineers able to deal with high technology and meet the job market needs


word of the chairman


I am delighted to welcome you to the home page for the department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Faculty of Engineering, King Abdul Aziz University, Rabigh. I am extremely proud of our staff and students who represents the next generation of critical scholars, pioneers, engineers, and are able to have a direct impact on the well being of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The mission of the department is to create and employ new knowledge in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science to develop the academic, industrial entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow, together with industrial processes and scientific advances they will employ.  Our curricula is characterized and designed to encourage the growth of our undergrad students to fulfill the current national needs and exploring novel ideas to provide durable solutions to worldwide problems and advance discovery.

The department strives for excellence in research, high quality education and out-standing professional services. The department is a major academic host offering currently B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. Our academic programme is meticulously designed to equip students with fundamental understanding on the subjects of Chemical Engineering. We keep good balance between theoretical and laboratory based practical courses. Apart from this, the department is also engaged in various R&D such as renewable energy, nanotechnology and environmental sustainability.

Head of Chemical and Materials Engineering Dep

Dr Mohammed Zawawi

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