2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Feb 27, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering, BS

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Department Chair:

Radhakrishna Sureshkumar
329F Link Hall
315-443-1931; fax: 315-443-9175


Jesse Q. Bond, Katie D. Cadwell, Ruth Chen, Julie M. Hasenwinkel, James H. Henderson, Ian Hosein, Xiyuan Liu, Zhen Ma, Shikha Nangia, Dacheng Ren, Ashok Sangani, Pranav Soman, Radhakrishna Sureshkumar, Lawrence L. Tavlarides, Pun To Yung

Adjunct/Research Faculty:

Gino Duca, Bart Farell, Eric Finkelstein, Kent Ogden, David Quinn, Dana Radcliffe, Suresh Santanam

Affiliate Faculty:

Yan-Yeung Luk, Juntao Luo, Cristina Marchetti, Liviu Movileanu

Emeritus Faculty:

Gustav Engbretson, John Heydweiller, Philip Rice, Klaus Schroder, Robert L. Smith, S. Alexander Stern, Chi Tien, Josef Zwislocki

Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Program Director:

Katie D. Cadwell
341 Link Hall

The mission of the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering is to provide our students with mentoring, curricular experience and extracurricular opportunities consistent with their individual career objectives in order to:

  • Prepare them to apply science, mathematics and engineering knowledge to serve the needs of society;
  • Instill in them a deep sense of respect for others and a strong foundation in professional and social ethics;
  • Develop in them the understanding that continued education will further their professional and leadership skills.

The educational objectives of the program seek to ensure that:

  • Graduates of the program will have mastered the chemical engineering fundamentals necessary to serve as practicing engineers and will be prepared for further studies in engineering, science, or other professions. These fundamentals include an understanding of basic engineering concepts, the collection of information from experimentation and from the scientific and technical literature, and the prediction of system behavior through the development and application of mathematical models;
  • Graduates will be able to apply critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills to the design of chemical engineering processes and the solution of scientific and technical problems;
  • Graduates will be able to effectively communicate their work and ideas through written, oral, and visual formats and they will understand the impacts of their actions and responsibilities to society.

Chemical engineering has a rich past; chemical engineers are the large scale manufacture of numerous products including chemicals, fibers, foods, fuels, pharmaceuticals, plastics, pulp and paper, and rubber. Because chemical engineering is the most versatile of the engineering disciplines, chemical engineers in the future will contribute to diverse new and emerging technologies. They will seek new ways to process our energy and natural resources; they will play key roles in the areas of environmental cleanup and protection, management of hazardous wastes, and process and product safety. They will be involved in new technologies such as biotechnology and biomedicine, and in the development and production of new materials such as polymers, ceramics, and advanced composites.

The chemical engineering curriculum prepares students to apply the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and engineering to problems related to the efficient and safe production of chemical and related products. The program focuses on developing a solid background in the principles of chemical engineering and their applications to the challenges facing industry and society. If a student wishes to specialize in biochemical, environmental, or polymer materials engineering, he or she can select appropriate science and engineering courses to supplement the general curriculum. Engineering design concepts are integrated throughout all four years of the chemical engineering program.

Beginning with ECS 101  in the fall of the first year, students are introduced to the engineering method for problem solving, and concepts of engineering design. In this way students see how mathematics, basic sciences, and engineering science provide the necessary tools for design and how to go about the design process.

During the sophomore, junior, and senior years, problems of increasing complexity and open-endedness are presented to students in the chemical engineering courses, continually challenging their technical expertise, creativity, and knowledge.

Finally, in their senior year courses, students are required to complete major design projects in their courses and laboratory. These projects are open-ended and designed to build upon the students’ understanding and mastery of the fundamentals of mathematics, sciences, and engineering topics. They also consider broader social issues in addition to technical issues such as environmental impact and safety.

Many students take advantage of the low student/faculty ratio by participating in research or independent study projects. There are part-time, summer, co-op, and internship opportunities available for students seeking work experience. International study opportunities are also available.

Graduates from the program in chemical engineering must achieve the following student outcomes:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data;
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
(g) an ability to communicate effectively;
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in global and societal context;
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues;
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
(l) an appreciation of diversity issues in society;
(m) a recognition of the responsibility of engineers to ensure process safety in contemporary chemical engineering practice.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Use the principles of science and mathematics to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

2. Apply both analysis and synthesis in the engineering design process, resulting in designs that meet constraint specifications. Constraints and specifications include economic, environmental and other factors as appropriate to the design.

3. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation and testing procedures, and to analyze and draw conclusions from data

4. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences through various media

5. Demonstrate ethical principles in an engineering context

6. Establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk and uncertainty, and function effectively on teams

Chemical Engineering Course Requirements

Third Year, Spring Semester (15)

Fourth Year, Fall Semester (17)

Fourth Year, Spring Semester (13)

Total: 128 credits

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