GENERAL INFORMATION

History of the Department 

1948
• Mario Laserna on the right side of Albert Einstein
Undergraduate Program 3/2
3 years in Colombia
2 years in universities in the United States

1967
• Program closure
In this period 33 chemical engineers graduated.

1996 
• Undergraduate Academic Program in Chemical Reopening
Duration: 5 years, emphasis on process design.

1998
• Opening of chemical engineering laboratories at the Center for Innovation and Technological Development ‘CITEC’.

2005
• Curricular Reform
4-year syllabus, emphasis on process and product design.
Learning spaces where theory and practice are integrated.
Creation of the GDPP Research Group, with emphasis on: Biological Engineering, Advanced Materials, Product and Process Design

2007
• Inauguration of the laboratories in the new Mario Laserna building.
With an investment for new laboratory equipment of 1.3 million dollars.

2008
• Beginning of the International Accreditation Process.
• Obtaining High Quality Accreditation for the undergraduate program before the National Council of Accreditation 
Resolution 509 February 6th, 2008, 4 years.

2009
• Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering Opening. 
• Establishment of the Department Advisory Board

Dr. Kenneth R. Hall
Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)

Dr. Michael Bevan
Department of Chemical
And Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Eng. Hernan Posada
Technology Leader of Americas Styrenics LLC

Dr. Marc-Oliver Coppens 
Ramsay Memorial Professor and 
Head Department of Chemical Engineering 

University College London
Eng. Jorge Gonzalez
Graduate of Chemical Engineering from 
University of Los Andes

Eng. Vanesa Trillos
Graduate of Chemical Engineering from 
University of Los Andes

Eng. Miguel A. Molano
Graduate of Chemical Engineering from 
University of Los Andes

Eng. Claudia Vasquez
Graduate of Chemical Engineering from 
University of Los Andes

2011 
• First 500 research products
• Strengthening of four research areas
> Biological Engineering
> Advanced Materials
> Product and Process Design
> Risk and Industrial Safety 
• Beginning of the Reaccreditation Process before the National Council of Accreditation, for the undergraduate program.
• 70% of teachers with doctoral degrees.

2012
ABET accreditation
Highlighting:
> Laboratory infrastructure
> Dynamic and enterprising group of teachers
> Academic program with learning spaces that allow the development of skills in product design and process design

VISION

The Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Los Andes will be recognized in Latin America for its contribution to training in the Chemical Engineering area by leading the multiscale approach in the products and processes design. Its graduates will be recognized for being able to perform in the international context and for leading in Colombia technological, social, economic, environmental and public policy decisions. Research will be recognized by its quality and its implementation in the social and industrial Latin America context.

MISSION

The Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Los Andes is committed to the progress of the Colombian society. The Department educates with the highest standards, and has professionals in the Chemical Engineering field with a human touch, ethics and excellent skills.  The Department builds its own learning space and is committed to boost the country’s technological development. This is achieved under the philosophy, the University spirit and structure and with the vitality of a highly consolidated human group.