Manhattan College Launches Master’s Option in Cosmetic Engineering

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Option also prepares graduates for pharmaceutical and food industries

Manhattan College’s leading chemical engineering program, ranked fifth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, is introducing a new option in cosmetic engineering with its Master of Science program this fall. With only a few colleges and universities offering cosmetic science programs, the College’s new option will be the first of its kind in the country.

“We took our nationally recognized chemical engineering curriculum and coupled it with cutting edge cosmetic engineering courses, so that our students could take advantage of a completely untapped market in the engineering field,” said Ann Marie Flynn, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of Manhattan’s chemical engineering department. “Nobody else is doing what we’re doing – and I’ll take that advantage any day.”

After consulting experts at L’Oréal, Revlon, Avon and Cosmetic Essence on the skills that recent bachelor’s hires lack to succeed in the cosmetics industry, Flynn started developing plans for the new option including hiring Thomas Twardowski, Ph.D., a visiting professor, to help design the curriculum. The new program will offer four unique courses, which will not only prepare students for the cosmetic field but also the pharmaceutical and food industries. With the Master of Science program lasting one year, prospective undergraduates also have the opportunity to participate in a dual five-year B.S./M.S. chemical engineering program with an option in cosmetic engineering.

The course topics were derived from the recommendations made by industry experts including a course on Emulsion Technology (liquid/solid suspensions found in products ranging from blush to slow-release medicines and nutriceuticals), which is a skill that takes new engineers as much as 18 to 24 months to grasp. In addition to Emulsion Technology, the four courses for the new concentration include: Advanced Process Theory (the flow of non-water-based liquids, complex liquids or solid/liquid mixtures); Advanced Processing Techniques (advanced mixing, atomization, pumping and drying); and Industrial Regulation and Quality (regulations, regulating agencies and some of the modern practices in quality control).

“We have designed specialty courses that meet the needs of today’s students going out into specialty chemical industries and what they need to know about emulsions, complex flow and regulations,” said Twardowski. “These four courses should give our graduates a real advantage in the modern, complex cosmetics industry, as well as in other consumer product, food and drug manufacturing marketplaces.”

For more information, visit or contact Thomas Twardowski by phone at (718) 862-7188 or e-mail at thomas(dot)twardowski(at)manhattan(dot)edu.


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