Master the Integrative Approach That Opens Up Research Frontiers
Among the engineering disciplines, chemical engineering occupies the center of the applied-sciences universe, pulling into its orbit the study of other engineering fields as well as knowledge of chemistry, math, physics, and biology.
Could the center of that universe become even more central than it traditionally has been? It could, and it has.
Today, the areas of exploration and invention centered around chemical engineering are broader, deeper, and overlapping, as increasingly diverse disciplines become interdependent on each other to produce 21st century solutions to 21st century needs.
Our program opens up these exciting frontiers to you with a dynamic, integrative curriculum in which research opportunities are solidly embedded throughout the course of study.See More
We’ve designed a program with greater dimension than the traditional chemical engineering model
It starts with our core curriculum. Highly interdisciplinary, it integrates theoretical/computational chemical engineering courses with systems engineering and chemical, biomolecular, and energy systems courses — courses that typically are lacking in traditional M.S. in Chemical Engineering curricula.
The result is that as a graduate of the program, you will have the skills and knowledge to lead projects that require knowledge of systems engineering and complex chemistry, biomolecular and energy systems and computational methods. You will be able to design them, manage them, and optimize them so that they can keep pace with rapidly changing products and technology.
Compared to graduates of traditional M.S. in Chemical Engineering programs, you will break career barriers that were unbreachable to them with their narrower skillset.
Blaze research frontiers before you even finish the program
As you deepen your knowledge of the other disciplines that play a crucial role in this brave new world of chemical engineering, you will engage in ground-breaking research in close collaboration with other departments — biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental science and engineering, data science, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering.
The development of your communication skills will keep pace with your evolving scientific knowledge. Orally and in writing, you will be adept at describing:
- the motivation for a research project
- relevant scientific and engineering concepts
- project design
- optimization and outcomes
- the broad impact to experts in the field as well as non-expert scientists and engineers
The value of this research experience, accompanied by the ability to communicate all of the above aspects succinctly, cannot be overestimated in terms of the star quality it will add to your résumé.
Your future job title
Both academic institutions and governments are looking for researchers in chemical engineering. The demand in industry is also growing steadily. What will your job title there be? For starters, think:
- Chemical engineer
- Process engineer
- Process development engineer
- Process application engineer
- Process safety engineer
- Process control engineer
- Bioprocess engineer
- Principal engineer
Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.
Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.
Advanced Chemical Thermodynamics
This course’s primary objective is to prepare upper-level engineering students to effectively solve problems directly related to the fundamental science and engineering of thermodynamic systems. Students apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics to batch and flow processes important in chemical engineering for homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, mixtures, and pure materials. Topics include phase and chemical equilibria, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamic properties, and miscibility. Methods of entropy generation minimization for commonly studied thermodynamic systems are discussed.
Chemical Systems Engineering and Design (business & technology)
This course aims to introduce, and prepare students for, the systematical engineering of chemical process systems, biomolecular systems, and energy and environmental systems. Students learn how to integrate systems engineering principles and techniques in designing, managing, and optimizing these systems for future, rapidly changing products and techniques. Also discussed are applications of a systems perspective in business and technology in chemical engineering.
Advanced Fluid Dynamics/Transport
This course focuses on the use of modern analytical and experimental techniques to obtain solutions for various flow regimes in chemical systems engineering. Students receive an Introduction to the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and particle imaging velocimetry (PIV) methods. Topics are selected from the following: viscous fluids, boundary layer theory, turbulence, surface phenomena, shock waves, and gas dynamics. Discussions include specific applications of these topics in chemical systems engineering.
This course covers fundamental aspects of chemical reactions, including collision theory, transition rate theory, unimolecular rate theory, homogeneous gas and liquid phase kinetics, heterogeneous kinetics, and mass-transfer limited kinetics.
Sustainable Energy Concepts
This course investigates various sustainable energy sources and their current states of technology. Analysis of the economic, environmental, and societal impacts of these sustainable options will serve to evaluate their feasibility.
Polymers, ceramics, and composites are explored in greater detail. Also discussed: unique material characteristics for engineering applications, such as optical, electrical, magnetic, and protective properties. The course includes an investigation of modern specialty materials, such as biomaterials, nanomaterials, and smart materials and their applications.
Envision Your Future
According to Indeed.com, chemical engineers who earn advanced degrees increase their earning potential and expand their career opportunities. For example, Salary.com lists the median pay for a chemical engineering manager at $156,900. Here are sample job titles and salaries to think about:
(Per Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021 Median Pay for B.S.)
(Per Glassdoor.com, average 2023 salary)
(Per Payscale, average 2023 salary)
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