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About Us

The School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering is situated in the Richard Ward building located on the University's Braamfontein East Campus.
QS World University Rankings by Subject rated our school 251-300
Our team of academic, technical and support staff are committed to the vision to maintain and build its reputation as a world-leading hub of knowledge and development in the fields of Chemical, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in Africa and beyond, and to render excellent and outstanding service to our students.

We boast staff who are experts in various field of engineering and, apart from being committed lecturers, are also actively involved in cutting edge research activities that spans a range of areas in Chemical, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.

We currently have two NRF/DST Chairs: Clean Coal Technology and Sustainable Process Engineering, as well as the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Chair of Fabrication and Welding Engineering in the School, in addition to a number of research groups in sustainable engineering and metals and materials manufacturing and beneficiation 

We also take part and support a number of research focus areas in the Wits NRF/DST located in our School.

Our History

The Metallurgical Engineering part of the School was one of the founding departments (together with the Schools of Mining Engineering and Geosciences) of the University when it was first established as the Kimberley School of Mines in 1896.

Chemical Engineering teaching and research commenced at the University shortly after its inception as the University of the Witwatersrand in 1922.

Both departments in the School have a long and proud history of producing leaders in the local industry in their various disciplines, and providing the local economy with highly skilled and sought after engineers.

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