Dow Chemical Co. is making a significant donation to universities with chemical engineering programs over the next decade -- $250 million. According to The Wall Street Journal, a big part of the donation is aimed at helping chemical engineering to catch up to some faster-growing academic fields, including biomedical engineering. In the last decade, according to the WSJ story, undergrad degrees in biomedical engineering more than tripled, to 3,670 per year, while undergrad degrees in chemical engineering were flat at 5,948 per year. The trend is similar on the graduate degree level. "We think the shift has gone too far," Theresa Kotanchek, a Dow vice president, told the newspaper. Schools that will get funding include the California Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon; the Georgia Institute of Technology; Northwestern; Pennsylvania State; the University of California's Berkeley and Santa Barbara campuses, and the Universities of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Big donation for chemical engineering
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