LGO students combine their MBA with Chemical Engineering masters to lead strategic management projects in a variety of industries. The MIT Chemical Engineering department provides advanced instruction in the foundational core subjects of thermodynamics, transport, reactor design and systems engineering. This base of knowledge is applied to a range of research topics relevant for industry, including the energy and biotech sectors.
If you are interested in the Chemical Engineering/MBA program with LGO, we encourage you to look at the department’s research areas.
LGO students completing the SM in Chemical Engineering take:
- The required courses in the LGO summer core
- For the Chemical Engineering required courses, students choose two from the following:
- Two graduate-level engineering courses following the student’s interest and faculty advisor approval, likely within the department.
- LGO Internship incorporating Chemical Engineering and management content, resulting in a dual-degree thesis overseen by the student’s faculty advisor.
Most of LGO ChemE students do an internship in a biotech company. MIT Chemical Engineering professors are interested to work with LGOs on internships to directly apply their research in an industrial setting. A few recent Chemical Engineering internships were:
- Amgen: Continuous manufacturing equipment design for synthesizing small-molecule pharmaceuticals
- Pfizer (a former LGO partner company): Decrease the risks associated with the biomanufacturing process for viral gene therapy vectors
- Pfizer: Research the current state of clinical monoclonal antibody (mAb) manufacturing and generate suggestions for improvement
- A previous degree in chemical engineering or a similar major, with a strong academic record.
- Defined research interests in line with MIT Chemical Engineering’s research areas
Applicants should have an interest in leading chemical engineering projects, preferably as applied to the biotech industry. Previous work experience is nice but not mandatory. More importantly, LGO students in ChemE should have a strong academic background in chemical engineering.
Graduates from LGO who finish with a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA are excellently prepared to lead the next generation of pharmaceutical products. LGO graduates often leave the program in strategic management positions at global biotech firms. However, the program does not limit alumni only to this industry. Chemical Engineering LGOs have careers in energy and consulting, and some go into supply chain management at companies like Amazon and Caterpillar.