Chemical Engineering Mission
and Educational Objectives
The Chemical Engineering Department is dedicated to providing educational opportunities in chemical engineering to a highly selective, predominantly undergraduate student body of talented individuals. The department encourages close interactions between students and the faculty, who are dedicated to education and are actively engaged in scholarship that enriches the educational program. The program emphasizes active learning with a strong laboratory component. The department nurtures the intellectual, professional and personal development of its students and faculty in order to prepare and encourage them to be highly competent professionals and responsible members of society.
Program Educational Objectives
Following the definition presented by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the department's educational objective statement broadly reflects the career accomplishments and expectations of alumni who graduate from the program:
Alumni will experience success in a variety of postgraduate environments, including, but not limited to, chemical engineering professional practice and advanced study.
Student Outcome Categories
The statements above are supported by a number of outcomes, the student attainment of which is regularly evaluated. In particular, these are designed to guide student growth and achievement in:
1. Technical Competency
- Students will display basic competency in each of the technical areas identified as essential to chemical engineers.
- Students will be able to apply knowledge of technical concepts beyond the specific course where material is first taught.
- Students can apply material beyond simple recall of facts.
- Students will have familiarity with, and ability to operate, modern laboratory equipment.
- Students gain an appreciation of health and safety concerns in the laboratory.
- Students will have the ability to apply appropriate software tools to help them solve problems.
2. Intellectual Development
- Students learn to solve realistic engineering problems that may not be fully specified and do not have a single answer.
- Students will exhibit skills for planning, designing, and conducting experiments or research, and analyzing information.
3. Societal Responsibility
- Students will be exposed to a balanced and broad-based curriculum, and will enhance their awareness of global and societal issues.
- Students will learn to analyze problems that include ethical, regulatory, and/or political issues.
- Students can identify and assess potential hazards throughout the design and operation of chemical processes.
4. Professional Development
- Students will achieve a satisfactory level of mastery of oral and written communication.
- Students will experience presenting their work to peers and/or professionals.
- Students will demonstrate a mastery of skills for effectively leading and participating in team activities.
- Students will demonstrate independent learning skills, particularly in the capstone design and laboratory courses.
- Students will recognize the importance of continual professional development.