The Department of Chemical Engineering was established in the 2016/2017 academic session alongside six other Departments when the Faculty of Engineering and Technology was established in the University of Calabar. Engr. Pamela M. Iwube was the pioneer Acting Coordinator of the Department of Chemical Engineering. The Department was accommodated temporarily in the Department of Physics pending the completion of the Engineering Complex that was then under construction. Pioneer lecturers in the Department were Engr. Pamela M. Iwube (Ag. Coordinator), Engr. Prof. Odey A. Osha, Engr. Grace E. Aquah and Miss Catherine Uloma Anaba.
Chemical Engineering is very important to the industry and society. It seeks to improve the quality of life by providing knowledge and expertise in the areas of Chemical Process Plant Design, Operation, Production and Process Economics. Chemical Engineering is basically concerned with the conversion of materials into more useful products by employing basic principles of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, together with Mathematics and Economics. The Department offers courses leading to the award of Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Chemical Engineering.
The Department of Chemical Engineering offers high quality learning experience which helps graduates to take up scientific, entrepreneurial and leadership roles within and outside chemical industries, carry out state-of-art research thereby meeting the needs of the engineering profession.
The Department of Chemical Engineering focuses on applying the principles of chemical engineering in learning and research as well as proffer solutions to societal problems in ever changing world.