Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering, with research specialization in the following areas:

Aerosol Chemistry and Physics

Biocellular Engineering

Catalysis

Environmental Engineering

Finite Element Analysis

Fuel Science and Fuel Cells

Materials Synthesis and Nanotubes

Membrane Science and Technology

Polymer Processing

Polymer Science and Engineering

Supercritical Fluids Processing

Thermodynamics

Transport Phenomena

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs is on a competitive basis, and financial assistance is available through teaching and research assistantships, as well as a limited number of fellowships. Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 on all undergraduate work, and should hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering or its equivalent. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission, as acceptance is on a competitive and space-available basis. Students with undergraduate majors not in chemical engineering (for example, chemistry or physics) will be expected to complete a program of undergraduate remedial courses prior to admission into the graduate program.

Master of Science

The M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering requires 24 hours of course work, plus completion of an acceptable thesis (Plan A). This course work includes the chemical engineering graduate core, which is comprised of CME 505, CME 620, CME 630, CME 650, and a graduate-level mathematics elective. In certain exceptional cases (as determined by the faculty), a non-thesis M.S. may be undertaken (Plan B). The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of course work which includes the chemical engineering core, as well as 3 hours of CME 780 (Special Problems in Chemical Engineering). The non-thesis option is only available to those students with prior research or industrial experience. For both Plan A and Plan B, at least half of all graduate course work must be at the 600 level or above.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. degree is a research degree granted on the basis of broad knowledge of chemical engineering and specialized study in a specific area of interest. The student must conduct original and significant research and must submit and defend a dissertation based on that research. Course work requirements include the chemical engineering graduate core, and additional courses so as to fulfill the pre-candidacy residency requirements set forth by the Graduate School; the plan of study is developed by the student in consultation with the research advisor. Advancement to doctoral candidacy is contingent upon successful completion of both the written and oral portions of the Qualifying Examination. The written portion addresses four areas of the chemical engineering discipline: Kinetics and Reactor Design, Mathematics (as applied to chemical engineering problems), Thermodynamics, and Transport. The oral portion consists of a presentation and defense of the student's proposed dissertation research; a prospectus prepared by the student must be submitted to the doctoral advisory committee prior to the examination. There is no language requirement for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering.

A wide selection of research topics is available under the direction of the Chemical Engineering faculty. CME 580 and CME 599 topics include aerosols, membrane technology, bioseparations, and finite element analysis. For more information on degree requirements, financial aid, and facilities contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

GRADUATE COURSES

CME 404G POLYMERIC MATERIALS (SAME AS MSE 404G) (3)

CME 505 ANALYSIS OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROBLEMS (3)

CME 515 AIR POLLUTION CONTROL (3)

CME 550 CHEMICAL REACTOR DESIGN (3)

CME 554 CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL PROCESSING OF POLYMER SYSTEMS (SAME AS MSE/MFS/ME 554) (3)

CME 556 INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITE MATERIALS (SAME AS MSE/ME 556) (4)

CME 558 PRINCIPLES OF POLYMER CHARACTERIZATION AND ANALYSIS (SAME AS MSE 558) (3)

CME 580 DESIGN OF RATE AND EQUILIBRIUM PROCESSES FOR WATER POLLUTION CONTROL (3)

CME 583 FUEL SCIENCE (3)

CME 599 TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (3)

CME 620 EQUILIBRIUM THERMODYNAMICS (3)

CME 621 NONEQUILIBRIUM THERMODYNAMICS (3)

CME 622 PHYSICS OF POLYMERS (SAME AS MSE 622) (3)

CME 625 PROPERTIES OF GASES AND LIQUIDS (3)

CME 630 TRANSPORT I (3)

CME 631 TRANSPORT II (3)

CME 635 STAGED MASS TRANSFER OPERATIONS (3)

CME 637 BIOLOGICAL TRANSPORT PHENOMENA (3)

CME 650 ADVANCED CHEMICAL REACTOR DESIGN (3)

CME 671 BASIC ELECTRODE PROCESSES IN ELECTROCHEMICAL ENGINEERING (3)

CME 680 BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING (SAME AS AEN 680) (3)

CME 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

CME 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

CME 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

CME 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

CME 771 SEMINAR (0)

CME 779 MEMBRANE SCIENCES COLLOQUIUM (SAME AS CHE/PHR/BCH/PHA 779) (1)

CME 780 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (1-3)

CME 790 RESEARCH IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (1-9)

EGR 537 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS (SAME AS CS/MA 537) (3)

EGR 599 TOPICS IN ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)

EGR 611 BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS IN ENGINEERING (SAME AS ME 611) (3)

EGR 621 FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS IN ENGINEERING (3)

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