Chemical Engineering

  • ChE 100L/180 - Chemical Engineering Concepts Lab 1/Chemical Engineering Design Studio 1. Introduction to Professional Engineering and design, with an emphasis on hands-on learning and the joy of engineering. See some of the results from our first two offerings of ChE180.
  • ChE 360/361 - Bioprocess Engineering. Review of elementary aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetic engineering. Introduction of biological systems for the production of commercial goods and services, e.g., foods, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, fuels, diagnostics, waste treatment, and biomaterials. Introduction to design of bioprocess systems, including biosafety and sustainability. Development of reaction kinetics associated with biological systems. Quantification of metabolism. Development of material balances for key constituents in bioreactors operated in different modes, e.g., batch, fed-batch, continuous stirred-tank reactor (CSTR), perfusion, recycle. Introduction to mass and heat transfer considerations for bioreactors. Dynamic simulation of cultures defined by ordinary differential equations. Introduction of downstream processes associated with biological systems and recovery of biological products.
  • ChE 482 - Chemical Engineering Design Workshop. In this course, students study the design process including: problem definition and needs analysis; process synthesis, process debottlenecking and troubleshooting; safety and environmental protection in design; written and oral communication for design reports. A significant portion of the term work will be devoted to a group design project, culminating in a design proposal that will be presented to the department.
  • ChE 562 - Advanced Bioprocess Engineering. Application of process engineering principles to the design and operation of fermentation reactors which are widely used in the pharmaceutical, food, brewing and waste treatment industries. Aspects of mass transfer, heat transfer, mixing and rheology with biochemical and biological constraints.
  • ChE 610 - Theory and Application of Transport Phenomena. Mathematical analysis of momentum, heat and mass transport in systems of chemical engineering interest: development of the differential equations of change (continuity, motion and energy) for forced convection in isothermal, non-isothermal and multi-component systems; description of velocity, temperature and concentration profiles and computation of momentum, energy and mass fluxes at surfaces under conditions of laminar flow; description of transport in turbulent flow by time-smoothing of the equations of change; turbulent velocity, temperature and concentration profiles.
  • ChE 660 - Principles of Biochemical Engineering. Aspects of mass-transfer, heat-transfer, fluid flow, cell growth, metabolic engineering and enzyme kinetics related to the design of biological processes and process equipment. Sterilization techniques, fermentation, bioreactor design and operation, including immobilized cell or enzyme systems and aspects of bioseparations engineering.