Chemical and Molecular Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers two majors leading to the Bache­lor of Engineering (B.E.) degree, En­gineering Science (see entry in the alphabetical listings of Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs) and Chemical and Molecular Engineering. The program in Chemical and Molecular Engineering is designed to meet the expanding demand for chemical engineers in the nanotechnology, neutraceutical, pharmaceutical, environmental, and energy industries. It emphasizes engineering at the molecular level rather than traditional large-scale process engineering. In a rigorous cross-disciplinary environment, the program provides students with knowledge in the basic physical sciences, mathematical techniques, and computational modeling tools that form the foundation of modern chemical and molecular engineering. A broad spectrum of courses prepares students to assimilate and apply their knowledge creatively to solve complex problems involving not only scientific but also ethical and moral considerations, and utilizing effective communication skills for working in an interdisciplinary team. Employment opportunities for graduates of the program include high-technology industries and institutions that are engaged in research and advanced manufacturing related to nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, future fuels, waste management, and the synthesis of new materials. The Chemical and Molecular Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The program's mission is to serve the community by becoming a resource for regional economic development and to serve the nation by training students who can assume leadership in technological innovation, public service, and ethical standards. Its goal is to achieve international recognition as a center of excellence in molecularly based chemical engineering education and research.

Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate program in chemical and molecular engineering has the following four specific program educational objectives:

1. The students will be prepared to assume positions in industry or research institutions that require knowledge of chemical engineering principles.

2. The students will be prepared to demonstrate leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.

3. The students will be committed to lifelong learning, ethical conduct, and be able to meet the constantly emerging needs of the chemical engineering profession.

4. The students will be educated in chemical engineering fundamentals and modern computational tools that enable them to succeed in graduate programs and research in chemical engineering.

Student Outcomes

The students will demonstrate the following:

a. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to chemical engineering problems;

b. The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;

c. The ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;

d. The ability to function on multi­disciplinary teams;

e. The ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;

f.  The understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;

g. The ability to communicate effectively;

h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;

i.  The recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning;

j.  A knowledge of contemporary issues;

k. The ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.