Professors: Jeffrey Csernica (Chair), William E. King Jr., James E. Maneval, Michael J. Prince, William J. Snyder, Margot A.S. Vigeant

Associate Professors: Daniel P. Cavanagh, Michael Gross, Erin L. Jablonski, Timothy R. Raymond, Kat Wakabayashi, Wendelin J. Wright

Assistant Professors: Ryan C. Snyder, Brandon M. Vogel


101, 102, 103, 104. 

Chemical Engineering Seminar (II; 1, 0) No credit.

A joint seminar for all chemical engineering students and faculty. Variety of engineering-related topics presented by industrial, academic, alumni, and student speakers. Presentations and discussions on professional development and interpersonal skills in the work place, ethics, and societal issues, professional society activities, and other topics relevant to the profession.


Chemical Engineering Principles (I; 4, 2)

Introduction to the concepts of material and energy balances and phase equilibria for chemical engineering processes. Introduction to problem-solving methodologies and computer simulation. With experimental laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 201.


Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineering (II; 3, 1)

Mathematical modeling and methods. Topics include ordinary and partial differential equations, Laplace transforms, and matrices with analytical and computer solutions. With computational laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 211 or equivalent.


Heat and Mass Transfer (I; 4, 2)

Conductive, convective and radiation heat transfer; analytical and numerical solutions of heat transfer problems, estimation of heat transfer coefficients, and heat exchanger design. Fundamentals of mass transfer (diffusion and convection) with applications to unit operations. With experimental laboratory. Prerequisites: ENGR 233, CHEG 200 and CHEG 210.


Equilibrium Stage Processes (I; 2, 1) Half course.

Analysis of binary and multicomponent separations by analytical, graphical, and computer methods. Topics include gas absorption, distillation, liquid-liquid extraction as well as selected novel separation processes. With computational laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEG 200. Corequisite: CHEG 300.


Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (II; 3, 1)

Laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of materials, equations of state, refrigeration and engine cycles, physical and chemical reaction equilibrium, and solution thermodynamics. With computational laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEG 302 and CHEM 341 or CHEM 343.


Unit Operations Laboratory (II; 1, 3) Half course.

A laboratory course in pilot-scale processes involving momentum, heat and mass transfer. Project definition, experimental operation, analytical procedures, data analysis, technical reports and oral presentations. Prerequisite: CHEG 302. Corequisite: CHEG 310.


Chemical Reaction Engineering (I; 3, 2)

Rate forms for homogeneous and catalytic reactions; isothermal and nonisothermal reactor design and analysis; interpretation of laboratory data; introduction to nonideal flow and residence-time distributions. With experimental laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEM 341 or CHEM 343, CHEG 210, and CHEG 310.


Process Control (II; 3, 2)

Dynamics of open and closed-loop processes. Design, analysis and tuning of PID feedback control based on transient, Laplace domain, and frequency response methods. Instrumentation and computer-based data acquisition and control for chemical processes. With experimental laboratory. Introduction to feedforward, cascade and advanced control strategies. Prerequisites: CHEG 300 and CHEG 302.


Process Engineering (I; 3, 3)

Applications of engineering, economic, environmental, and ethical principles in preliminary process design using computer aids such as process simulators. Problem definition, literature survey, flowsheet development, material and energy balances, equipment design, profitability analysis, oral and written communication. With design laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEG 310 and CHEG 315.


Project Engineering (II; 3, 3)

Second of two Capstone experiences for chemical engineering majors. Students refine a general problem statement in order to plan, execute, and assess a project that achieves specified goals. Design, construction, and testing of an apparatus, system, or simulation. Problem-solving, teamwork, communication, professional development, and laboratory work are emphasized. With design laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEG 400.


431. Chemical Engineering Project (I or II; R; 1, 5) Half course.

Individual work with a faculty adviser on a development or design project beginning with a written plan and culminating with a deliverable product and a written report. Problem analysis involving information synthesis, experimentation, mathematical modeling, or software development. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Experiments in Polymer Science and Technology (II; 1, 3) Half course.

Laboratory investigation into problems involving the synthesis, characterization, and processing of polymeric materials. Prerequisite: ENGR 240 or ENGR 242. Not open to students who have taken CHEG 450 prior to Fall 2012.


441. Chemical Engineering Research (I and II; R; 1, 10)

Independent study with a faculty adviser on a research project. Submit a project proposal for group review, conduct the work, and culminate with a written and an oral presentation before a faculty group. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Electrochemical Energy Conversion (I or II; 4, 0)

Principles of electrochemistry including electrochemical thermodynamics, kinetics, and catalysis. Related emerging energy applications such as fuel cells and advanced batteries. Prerequisite: CHEM 201, CHEM 221 or CHEM 222.


Polymer Science (II; 4, 0)

Structure, characterization and properties of polymeric materials. Chemistry and kinetics of polymerization. Processing and application of polymers. Prerequisite: CHEM 341 or CHEM 343.


Bioprocess Engineering (I or II; 4, 0)

Survey course in biochemical engineering. Introduction to microbiology, biochemistry, cell metabolism and genetic control. Enzyme structure and function; enzyme kinetic mechanisms. Emphasis on the design of biochemical reactors and separation processes utilizing fundamental principles of kinetics, thermodynamics and heat, mass and momentum transfer. Prerequisite: CHEG 302. Corequisite: CHEG 320.


Product and Process Chemistry (II; 4, 0)

Examination of the internal structure of the chemical industry. The roles of key chemicals and intermediates in modern chemical synthesis will be emphasized to provide an overview of current industrial product methods. Product and process history, design and improvement will be covered through discussions, simulations and case studies. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (I or II; 4, 0)

Addresses the relationships of chemistry, physics, and engineering principles in understanding processes in the Earth's atmosphere. Topics include overview of the Earth's atmospheric history and problems of current environmental concerns including urban ozone, acid rain, particulate pollution, and global change. Open to juniors and seniors in chemistry, physics, or any engineering major.


Applied Colloid, Surface, and Nanoscience (I; 4, 0)

Exploration of the ways in which surfaces are different from bulk substances, and how this impacts processes such as illness, chemical processing, contaminant transport, and enzymatic activity. The topics discussed will be shaped by student interest. Corequisite: CHEM 341 or CHEM 343. 


Biomaterials: Materials in Medicine (I or II; 4, 0)

Classes of biomaterials, their applications, and current trends in biomaterials research and technology. Medical/ethical implications of biomaterials development and research. Open to seniors in chemical engineering, others by permission of the instructor.


Advanced Materials Science and Engineering (I or II; 4, 0)

Advanced, in-depth exploration of processing - structure - property - performance relationships of materials through real-world examples and case studies. Prerequisite: ENGR 240, ENGR 242, or equivalent.


472. Special Topics in Chemical Engineering (I and II; R; 4, 0)

Advanced, in-depth courses developed from areas of chemical engineering science or technology. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Should we start this company? (AI or AII; 3, 1)

Project-centered course in entrepreneurship, generating new business ideas, and product or service design and development through business planning. Crosslisted as MIDE 375 and UNIV 375.


Topics in Reaction Engineering (I or II; 4, 0)

Reactor design and analysis applied to specific systems. Complex chemical reaction networks with emphasis on nonideal flow and transport effects on heterogenous reactors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Topics in Chemical Engineering Applied Mathematics (I or II; 4, 0)

Analytical and numerical methods for ordinary and partial differential equations with problems drawn from chemical engineering. Topics include transform methods, matrix methods, weighted-residual methods, and finite differences. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Topics in Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (I or II; 4, 0)

Advanced study of thermodynamics applied to fluid flow, heat transfer, gas compression, air conditioning, refrigeration, and chemical equilibria. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Topics in Transport Theory (I or II; 4, 0)

Mass, energy, and momentum transfer in continuous media. General equations of transfer developed and used to analyze real systems. Development and application of mathematical techniques appropriate to the topic. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Advanced Topics in Engineering Mathematics (I; 4, 0)

Linear algebra and analytical/computational techniques for solving ordinary and partial differential equations relevant to engineering applications. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as CENG 495, ELEC 495, MECH 495.

See The Curricula - College of Engineering for degree requirements for engineering programs.


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