The Cain Department of Chemical Engineering at LSU is a recognized leader in chemical engineering education, and is one of the oldest and most productive departments in the nation. The department continues to be prolific in providing the highly trained graduates needed in the chemical and petrochemical production facilities located in the Gulf Coast area. It has a strong reputation due to its proximity and firm ties to one of the world's largest concentrations of chemical, plastics, paper, and refining industries—as well as a long history of graduates assuming leadership positions in these industries and allied fields. As an essential component of LSU Strategic Plan 2025 and the College of Engineering's Strategic Plan, the department contributes to the improvement of the university’s reputation by striving to enhance and further strengthen its status as a rising center for research. With this in mind, the department drafted an extensive Strategic Planning Document.
- to develop and enhance region important research and scholarship through improved physical facilities and equipment and stronger industrial ties
- to magnify departmental national and international reputation in research and teaching through public, corporate, academic, and alumni relations
- to increase the retention rate and recruitment of outstanding students by strengthening all programs, by attracting eminent scholars, by retaining current faculty, and by modernizing laboratories and computer facilities
- to assist in the economic development of the state through research in related industries
- to further improve teaching and research activities in the critical areas of environmental engineering, plant safety, and hazardous material handling
- to develop departmental expertise in key developing fields, such as material processing and biochemical engineering