I see that several university call their ChemE departments "Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering" now. I believe this is because of the increased focus in Bio in the past decade. Then I see many of these same institutions also have another department called "Bioengineering" which seems to deal mostly with new developments geared toward the health care arena.
I am an undergraduate planning to study ChemE with perhaps a focus more on alternative energy development(s) like solar, fuel cells, newer battery, and similar technologies. Also combined with maybe some basic tradition process control applications as well.
I am a bit concerned that there could be so much focus on bioengineering that it could overshadow other areas that I have more interest in. (They way I see it, if I had so much interest in health care that I wanted to study how to build new tissues or bone structures I would instead try and become an MD and get at the top of the health care food chain - i.e bigger $$$.)
How do you avoid getting too much into the bioengineering side if you want to study ChemE when so many of the professors seem to teach in both departments. I am seeing lots of examples of professors in the ChemE departments doing majority of their research work in what I would call bioengineering.
Can someone give some ideas on what to be alert to and watch out for so that I do not get into a program that is going to steer their students more into bioengineering and health care vs. some of the other areas that I mentioned above.
Or, is the ABET programs so defined one doesn't need to worry about this at the undergraduate level ?