Strategic Plan  

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 the following strategic planning document.


The mission of the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering is to provide high quality chemical engineering education and to advance science and engineering through cutting-edge research.


Our vision is to be recognized as a top-tier department for chemical engineering education and innovative research that broadly impacts science, engineering, industry, and society.


  1. High quality undergraduate education, leading to highly-trained, capable engineers entering the workforce
  2. Progressive and in-depth graduate education and research, leading to positions in academia, government, and industry
  3. Cutting-edge research that positively impacts and improves society


Goal 1: Increase the faculty FTE to 25 by 2020, with 20 tenure/tenure track positions and 5 PIR/Instructor positions


  • Conduct faculty searches
  • Retain the current faculty
  • Merit salary increases
  • Professorships

Performance Indicators

  • Number of FTE Faculty

Goal 2: Improve Department ranking, graduate program, and research activity


  • Increase faculty FTE to 25 and retain current faculty
  • Increase publications per FTE and graduate publications
  • Increase citations per FTE
  • Increase research expenditures per FTE
  • Increase funding to the department
  • Increase graduate student number and quality
  • Increase number of American students
  • Increase number of graduate applications

Performance Indicators

  • Number of FTE Faculty
  • Number of publications per FTE
  • Number of citations per FTE
  • Research expenditures per FTE
  • Number of research proposals funded
  • Number of enrolled graduate students
  • GRE scores of first year grad students and corresponding performance on qualifying exam
  • Number of American students
  • Number of graduate applications

Goal 3: Increase the number of undergraduates engaging in co-ops


  • Offer all core courses each semester
  • Increase faculty FTE to 25 and retain current faculty
  • Educate undergraduates on the importance of co-ops
  • Dedicate personnel devoted to increasing co-op opportunities

Performance Indicators

  • Number of FTE Faculty
  • Core course offerings by semester
  • Number of students engaging in a co-op