4200: Chemical Engineering

4200: Chemical Engineering

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The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) helps students develop intellectual capacity and the ability to apply the principles of transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and chemical reaction kinetics to the creative resolution of technological problems.

All engineers are trained in the application of mechanics, materials, economics, systems, and controls. Chemical engineers, however, apply chemical principles to design, evaluate, build, and operate systems capable of converting inexpensive raw materials into marketable products via chemical reactions, biological processes, and physical separations.

Graduates of the CBE department find career opportunities in the chemical process industries, usually involving polymer production, petroleum refining, environmental remediation, materials research and development, process design and development, and process operations and control. In addition, chemical engineers are increasingly in demand in such areas of current interest as process simulations, biotechnology, supercritical fluid processes, and solids processing. Critical thinking skills developed throughout the curriculum enable chemical engineers to succeed in other fields including medicine, patent law, and international business.

The Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department maintains a balance between theory and practice to prepare students for careers in a highly technical global society. The curriculum stresses the integration of mathematics, science, and chemical engineering fundamentals throughout the program. At each level of the program, from freshman through seniors, students have the opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of emerging technologies through laboratory courses and design or research electives. Exciting work is performed in biocompatible polymeric materials, biological cellular and enzymatic processes, nanocomposite materials, chemical vapor deposition, computational molecular science, microscale separations, advanced process control, green chemistry, and novel catalytic reactions. Students are also encouraged to gain important practical experience through the optional cooperative education program.

Mission: The goal of the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department is to prepare baccalaureate graduates with the necessary skills so that they can contribute to a highly technical global society through their professional careers. The philosophy of the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering faculty is to provide a strong theoretical foundation supported by practical applications of that knowledge, which is consistent with the mission of The University of Akron.

The specific educational objectives of the chemical engineering program are that:

  1. Our graduates will apply their technical proficiency to make positive contributions as chemical engineers or any other career path they choose.
  2. Our graduates will continue life-long learning through professional activities and training, the pursuit of higher educational degrees, and individual professional improvement.
  3. Our graduates will contribute to the professional practice of their chosen field through effective communication, leadership, teamwork and service, while exhibiting high ethical and professional standards.

The Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.  The following student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron:

  • Have a good grounding in chemistry and working knowledge of advanced chemistry
  • Can relate chemical structure to material properties
  • Able to apply first principles to analyze and solve chemical engineering problems, including comprehensive open-ended design problems
  • Develop experiments from proposed hypotheses and interpret data
  • Pose and develop practical solutions to chemical engineering problems which include the limitations of environmental, safety, ethical, and economic issues
  • Design and select optimal processes for chemical production
  • Select and use computational tools to design, analyze and solve chemical engineering problems
  • Work effectively in teams
  • Write and speak effectively in a technical setting
  • Independently assimilate new concepts to facilitate life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues

The Chemical Engineering program provides a unique opportunity to master teamwork and design project management skills. Teams of freshmen through senior Chemical Engineering undergraduates work on a realistic chemical engineering design project. Besides experience with a range of current chemical engineering topics, the projects allow students to develop teamwork, communication, presentation, project management and information technology skills. Many teams are mentored by practicing chemical engineers from industry. The Chemical Engineering curriculum consists of:

The chemical engineering program is accredited by ABET and meets the curriculum requirements specified by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Graduates must demonstrate:

  • A thorough grounding in chemistry including organic and physical and a working knowledge of advanced chemistry such as inorganic, analytical, materials, polymers or biochemistry
  • A working knowledge of material and energy balances, thermodynamics, heat, mass, and momentum transfer, chemical reaction engineering, separation processes, process dynamics and control, and process economics and design

Graduates must be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • Relate chemical structure to materlal properties
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet the desired needs within realistic constrants, such as economic, environmental, social, politica, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Indentify, formulate and solve chemical engineering problems
  • Understsand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand the impact of engineeeing solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Demonstrate tyhe knowledfge of contemporary issues
  • To use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The Chemical Engineering program provides a unique opportunity to master teamwork and design project management skills. Teams of freshmen through senior Chemical Engineering undergraduates work on a realistic chemical engineering design project. Besides experience with a range of current chemical engineering topics, the projects allow students to develop teamwork, communication, presentation, project management and information technology skills. Many teams are mentored by practicing chemical engineers from industry.

General Education — 29 credits includingCredits
3250:244 Introduction to Economic Analysis 3
Natural ScienceCredits
3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I 3
3150:152 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
3150:153 Principles of Chemistry II 3
3150:154 Qualitative Analysis 2
3450:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I 4
3450:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II 4
3450:223 Analytic Geometry-Calculus III 4
3450:335 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
3650:291 Elementary Classical Physics I 4
3650:292 Elementary Classical Physics II 4
Advanced ChemistryCredits
3150:263 Organic Chemistry I 3
3150:264 Organic Chemistry II 3
3150:265 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
3150:313 Physical Chemistry I 3
3150:314 Physical Chemistry II 3
Engineering CoreCredits
4200:121 Chemical Engineering Computations 2
4200:305 Materials Science 2
4300:201 Statics 3
4400:307 Basic Electrical Engineering 4
Chemical EngineeringCredits
4200:101 Tools for Chemical Engineering 2
4200:110 Project Management and Teamwork I 1
4200:200 Material and Energy Balances 4
4200:210 Project Management and Teamwork II 1
4200:225 Equilibrium Thermodynamics 4
4200:310 Project Management and Teamwork III 1
4200:321 Transport Phenomena 3
4200:330 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
4200:341 Process Economics 2
4200:351 Fluid and Thermal Operations 3
4200:353 Mass Transfer Operations 3
4200:360 Chemical Engineering Laboratory 3
4200:410 Project Management and Teamwork IV 1
4200:435 Process Analysis and Control 3
4200:441 Process Design I 3
4200:442 Process Design II 3
ElectivesCredits
Advanced Mathematics Elective 2
Advanced Chemistry Elective 3
Engineering Design Elective 3
Chemical Engineering Science Electives 3

Students are required to achieve a C- or better in course 4200:200 to continue taking 4200:353.

Biotechnology Specialization Certificate

Chemical Engineering students may choose to specialize in biotechnology. The goal of this program is to allow engineering students to prepare careers or graduate study in biotechnology or in the medical fields without reducing their potential for careers in traditional chemical engineering. Students will have ample opportunity to work with researchers in biotechnology through their engineering and design electives.

Students who complete this specialization are exempt from Credits
3150:313, 314 Physical Chemistry I, II
4200:305 Materials Science
Required courses Credits
3100:111, 112 Principles of Biology I, II 8
3100:311 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
or
3100:331 Microbiology 4
3150:401 Biochemistry Lecture (satisfies Advanced Chemistry Elective) 3
Chemical Engineering elective (minimum 3 credits) must be chosen from the following list Credits
4200:194 Chemical Engineering Design I (with permission) 1
4200:294 Chemical Engineering Design II (with permission) 1-2
4200:394 Chemical Engineering Design III (with permission) 1-3
4200:472 Separation Processes in Biochemical Engineering 3
4200:473 Bioreactor Design 3
4200:494 Design Project (with permission) 3
4200:496 Topics in Chemical Engineering (with permission) 3
4200:497 Honors Project (with permission) 3
4200:499 Research Project(with permission) 1-3
4800:360 Biofluid Mechanics 3
4800:400 Biomaterials 3
Design Electives (minimum 3 credits) Credits
4200:194 Chemical Engineering Design I (with permission) 1
4200:294 Chemical Engineering Design II (with permission) 1-2
4200:394 Chemical Engineering Design III (with permission) 1-3
4200:473 Bioreactor Design 3
4200:494 Design Project (with permission) 3
4200:496 Topics in Chemical Engineering (with permission) 3
4200:497 Honors Project (with permission) 1-3
4200:499 Research Project (with permission) 1-3
4300:482 Special Projects (with permission) 3
4800:485 Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering 1-3

Polymer Engineering Specialization Certificate

Required Credits
4200:408 Polymer Engineering 3

Chemical Engineering students must select one course from the Polymer Engineering group and one course from the Polymer Science group:

Polymer Engineering Group Credits
4200:461 Solids Processing 3
4700:425 Introduction to Blending and Compounding of Polymers 3
4700:427 Mold Design 3
Polymer Science Group
9871:401 Introduction to Elastomers 3
9871:402 Introduction to Plastics 3
9871:407 Polymer Science (satisfies Advanced Chemistry elective) 4

BS/MS in Chemical Engineering

The five-year BS/MS program in Chemical Engineering provides superior undergraduate students with the opportunity to complete a master’s of science degree in Chemical Engineering with an additional year of study beyond their bachelors degree. The program is only available to bachelor of science Chemical Engineering students at The University of Akron. Applications are accepted in the spring of the junior year.

4200:600 Transport Phenomena 3
4200:605 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
4200:610 Classical Thermodynamics 3
4200:631 Chemical Engineering Analysis 3
Chemical Engineering Electives 3
Approved Electives 6
Approved Mathematics 3
Master’s Thesis 6

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