Industrial Engineering Technology

What is Industrial Engineering Technology for Chemical and Biological processes (IET)?

The Industrial Engineering Technology program combines concepts from both chemistry and biological systems, along with principles of physics and engineering. Together these help to inspire, guide and develop the production of chemicals, foods, pharmaceuticals, and advanced biomaterials. Students graduate with 210 ECTS units and are eligible to apply for further studies at Master's level.

Opportunities for Industrial Engineering Technologists

Engineers with a specialisation in Chemical and Biological processes not only contribute greatly to the world of medicine but also help maintain the health of our planet by developing better technologies in the fields of alternative energy, agriculture, and environmental science.

The program also prepares students for manufacturing, operation, design, maintenance, technical services, and supervision of Chemical and Biological processes. Graduates may also work in the area of quality control, industrial safety, water treatment, environmental control and other related jobs. 

How does IET differ from traditional Chemical Engineering programs?

In addition to training in aspects of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (with particular emphasis on chemical transformations and separations), graduates of this new program must master further skills in biology, biosystems, bioseparations, biological laboratory skills, and biological transformations.

As a result, and in contrast to traditional BSc Chemical Engineering programs, students are therefore able to practically apply their skills to emerging areas of biological engineering, such as biotechnology, metabolic engineering, and pharmaceutical sciences.

A focus on local applications

During the course of the program, particular focus is placed on the potential utilisation of Icelandic natural resources and geothermal energy in the processes outlined. As such, examples of both established local industries, and emerging technologies in this field, which are based within the Icelandic economy, will be used.