Chemical Engineering

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $29,500; professional degree: $47,050

Application deadlines

Fall, Ph.D.: Jan. 3 (with financial aid) or March 1 (with no financial aid); no Spring admission; M.Eng.: No specific deadline; check with field.

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations required, three preferred
  • GRE general test

Degrees

  • M.Eng.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Chemical Engineering (M.S., Ph.D., M.Eng.)

Major concentrations

  • advanced materials processing
  • applied math and computational methods
  • biochemical engineering
  • chemical reaction engineering
  • classical and statistical thermodynamics
  • fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology
  • heat and mass transfer
  • kinetics and catalysis
  • polymers
  • surface science

Degree candidates are expected to pursue study and research that will give them a deeper comprehension of the basic and applied sciences and will develop initiative, originality, and creative ability. The thesis or dissertation may involve either research or special projects in such subjects as design, economics, or mathematical analysis. There is no language requirement for students majoring in chemical engineering.

Application:
Most applicants have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of the fundamental work required by an accredited curriculum in chemical engineering. Outstanding students with undergraduate majors in chemistry, materials science, microbiology, or physics are also encouraged to apply. For such students extra semester or summer term of residence is normally required. All applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

Christopher Alabi -- Concentrations: chemical reaction engineering; biochemical engineering; Research interests:
Alan Anton -- Concentrations: surface science; Research interests: reaction engineering and catalysis
Lynden Archer -- Concentrations: polymers; Research interests: polymer structure, properties, and dynamics in confined spaces and near surfaces
Paulette Clancy -- Concentrations: classical and statistical thermodynamics; advanced materials processing; Research interests: electronic and advanced materials processing; molecular simulation
Claude Cohen -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology; polymers; Research interests: polymer solutions; gels; elastomers; polymer composites; rheology; light scattering
Lance Collins -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology; Research interests: turbulence physics; combustion; aerosol coagulation and breakup dynamics; polymer drag reduction
Susan Daniel -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology; heat and mass transfer; biochemical engineering; surface science; Research interests: biochemical engineering; surface science; fluid dynamics; heat and mass transfer
Matthew DeLisa -- Concentrations: biochemical engineering; Research interests: biochemical engineering; functional genomics; protein engineering; biomedical engineering
T. Michael Duncan -- Concentrations: polymers; kinetics and catalysis; Research interests: heterogeneous catalysis; advanced materials; solid-state NMR spectroscopy
James Engstrom -- Concentrations: surface science; Research interests: electric and advanced materials processing; gas-solid interactions; molecular beams; UHV surface science
Fernando Escobedo -- Concentrations: classical and statistical thermodynamics; Research interests: thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; molecular simulation of polymers and biopolymers; study of structure-property relations in soft condensed matter
Claudia Fischbach-Teschl -- Concentrations: biochemical engineering; Research interests: chemical engineering
Emmanuel Giannelis -- Concentrations: polymers; advanced materials processing; Research interests: polymer and metal-ceramic nanocomposites; ceramic thin films for electronic applications
Tobias Hanrath -- Concentrations: polymers; advanced materials processing; surface science; Research interests: polymers; advanced materials processing; surface science
Yong Joo -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology; polymers; advanced materials processing; applied math and computational methods; Research interests: polymer fluid mechanics, rheology, applications to polymers processing, applied mathematics, and numerical analysis
Michael King -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology; biochemical engineering; applied math and computational methods; Research interests: cell adhesion; biofluid mechanics; drug and gene delivery; cancer metastasis and inflammation
Brian Kirby -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology; heat and mass transfer; surface science; Research interests: fluid dynamics, biorheology, rheology, surface science, heat and mass transfer
Donald Koch -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology; Research interests: rheological and transport properties of suspensions and porous media; applied mathematics
Leonard Lion -- Concentrations: biochemical engineering; Research interests: aquatic chemistry; pollution fate and behavior; metal/biofilm interactions; interfacial reactions of contaminants; groundwater contamination
Julius Lucks -- Concentrations: classical and statistical thermodynamics; kinetics and catalysis; biochemical engineering; applied math and computational methods; Research interests: applied math and computational methods; kinetics and catalysis; biomechanical engineering; classical and statistical thermodynamics
Christopher Ober -- Concentrations: polymers; Research interests: polymer synthesis; polymer materials science; polymers for microelectronics; environmentally and biologically friendly polymers; photolithography; synchrotron x-ray studies of polymers; self-organizing liquid crystalline and block copolymers
William Olbricht -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology; heat and mass transfer; applied math and computational methods; Research interests: fluid mechanics; microfluidic devices for drug delivery; transport phenomena in biological systems
Matthew Paszek -- Concentrations: biochemical engineering; Research interests: chemical and biomolecular engineering; biomedical engineering
David Putnam -- Concentrations: biochemical engineering; Research interests: drug delivery; design and synthesis of functional biomaterials; combinatorial approaches to drug formulation/stabilization/delivery
Richard Robinson -- Concentrations: advanced materials processing; surface science; Research interests:
Michael Shuler -- Concentrations: chemical reaction engineering; biochemical engineering; Research interests: cell culture analogs for predictive drug evaluation; computer models of single cells; minimal cell model; transgenic plant cell cultures
Paul Steen -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology; heat and mass transfer; applied math and computational methods; Research interests: fluid mechanics; hydrodynamic stability; interfacial instabilities; continuous casting; applied mathematics
Abraham Stroock -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology; heat and mass transfer; advanced materials processing; chemical reaction engineering; Research interests: microfluidics; heat and mass transfer; physico-chemistry of colloids and interfaces; biomaterials; biomedical engineering
Jefferson Tester -- Concentrations: classical and statistical thermodynamics; heat and mass transfer; chemical reaction engineering; Research interests: geothermal and biomass energy; advanced drilling technology; unconventional fossil fuel upgrading; carbon capture and sequestration; green chemistry in supercritical media; water purification
Jeffrey Varner -- Concentrations: biochemical engineering; applied math and computational methods; Research interests: applied math and computational methods; computational biology; biomolecular engineering
Larry Walker -- Concentrations: chemical reaction engineering; biochemical engineering; Research interests: enzymatic hydrolysis of polysaccharides; solid state fermentation; molecular microbial ecology; phytoremediation; biomass conversion to energy and chemicals
Ulrich Wiesner -- Concentrations: polymers; Research interests: polymer synthesis and self-assembly; block copolymers; sol-gel processes; organic-inorganic hybrid materials; silica nanoparticles; x-ray nanostructure analysis; bioimaging; fuel cells; ion conductivity; polymer gels
Roseanna N. Zia -- Concentrations: classical and statistical thermodynamics; fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology; heat and mass transfer; Research interests: fluid mechanics, suspension mechanics, complex fluids, micro hydro dynamics, rheology

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Peter Harriott -- Concentrations: Research interests:

Chemical Engineering Learning Outcomes and Assessment Methods


Core Learning Outcomes
1. Mastery and application of chemical engineering knowledge
2. Problem formulation, analysis, solution and presentation of results
3. Communication of knowledge, including analysis and design
4. Self-­directed learning and professional development


Potential General Assessment Tools
1. Student exit surveys
2. Evaluations and grades from project advisors
3. Grades for chemical engineering coursework
4. Job placement statistics
5. Recruiter feedback
6. Alumni feedback
7. Annual program review by the chemical engineering department’s Advisory Council
8. Annual review by faculty at the chemical engineering facultyretreat


Learning Outcome 1: Mastery and application of chemical engineering knowledge
Description:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the core subjects in chemical engineering and the ability to apply core subjects to technologicalapplications.

Assessment:
   • Student exit surveys
   • Coursework grades
   • Job placement statistics
   • Recruiter feedback
   • Outside experts’ feedback (visiting instructors, lecturers, consultants)
   • Alumni feedback


Learning Outcome 2: Problem formulation, analysis, solution and presentation of results
Description:
Students will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate chemical engineering techniques, tools and methods to solve engineering problems in the context of courses and independent projects. They will be able to apply those tools to the formulation, analysis and solution of broadly definedproblems. They will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate results.

Assessment:
   • Evaluations from project advisors
   • Recruiter feedback
   • Student self-­]evaluation of learning outcomes from project work


Learning Outcome 3: Communication of knowledge
Description:
Students will demonstrate the ability to describe effectively the formulation, analysis and solution of specific problems in chemical engineering. They will be able to explain the technological importance of the problems and the results theyobtained.

Assessment:
   • Evaluations from project advisors
   • Recruiter feedback


Learning Outcome 4: Self-­]directed learning and professional development
Description:
Students will demonstrate the ability to assimilate information from multiple sources to solve original engineering problems of technological importance. They will demonstrate the ability to work with fellow students in individual and team environments. The will acquire an awareness of professional roles in chemical engineering practice. They will recognize that involvement in the chemical engineering profession involves a commitment to life-­long learning and continuing development of skills and abilities.

Assessment:
   • Student exit surveys
   • Job placement statistics
   • Alumni feedback


Feedback into Program Improvement
The results of the assessment analysis will be used to modify current curriculum and programs and to create new activities, courses, and projects. When areas for potential improvements are identified based on the assessments listed above, the faculty who teach Master of Engineering students and advise Master of Engineering projects will advise the chemical engineering faculty as to lessons, assignments, and activities that should be improved. The results of improvement efforts will be reviewed by the entire faculty periodically throughout each academic year and at the department’s annual faculty retreat.

Learn more about learning assessment for the M.Eng. degree.