2014-2015 Catalog

Chemical Engineering

http://www.engineering.und.edu/che

Faculty: Benson, Bowman, Ji, Kolodka, Krishnamoorthy (Graduate Program Director), Mann, Seames, Tande (Chair) and Wills

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Chemical Engineering graduate program, administered from the Department of Chemical Engineering, offers the Master of Science with thesis and non-thesis options, the Master of Engineering, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The department also sponsors the Energy, Environmental, and Interdisciplinary Engineering tracks of the College of Engineering and Mines Ph.D. Engineering program, administers the Sustainable Energy Engineering masters program and participates in the multidisciplinary Environmental Engineering masters program. The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are the most common options and financial aid is provided to the vast majority of students working towards these degrees. The M.S. or M.Engr. degree is typically completed in 18-24 months of full time study by students holding an accredited baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering.

The Department also offers a combined program including a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.)/Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.Ch.E.) or a B.S.Ch.E./Master of Engineering (M.Engr.). The intent of the combined program is to allow qualified students to complete requirements for both degrees in one year beyond that required to receive the baccalaureate degree. Students may apply for this program upon completion  of 95 credits toward the Bachelor’s degree.

Research interests in the department include: coal and bio-based fuels and chemicals; energy technologies, processes, and policies; heterogeneous catalysis; photocatalytic oxidation; polymer reaction engineering, synthesis, and rheology; organic aerosol formation and partitioning; mathematical modeling of multicomponent aerosols; polymeric membranes and composite materials; biocomposite, nanocomposite, and nanobiocomposite materials; organic photovoltaic materials; environmental impact of heavy metals and particulate matter; and development of carbon from waste material sources. Projects are often conducted through our interdisciplinary Sustainable Energy Research, Infrastructure and Supporting Education (ND SUNRISE) research program or in collaboration with the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC).

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degrees section.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the Chemical Engineering Master of Science program is to prepare chemical engineers for careers in industry, government and doctoral studies in chemical engineering or related fields. This preparation will be customized to meet specific areas of interest to the student and for which the faculty is qualified to manage and instruct.

Goal 1: Graduates will have mastered selected topics in chemical engineering and related areas to achieve their specific goals and objectives.

Goal 2: Graduates will be proficient researchers, i.e., they will have the skills required to formulate, assess, and document a hypothesis.

Goal 3: Graduates will be well prepared for a career in industry and/or doctoral studies in chemical engineering or a related field.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the Chemical Engineering Master of Engineering program is to prepare chemical engineers for careers in industry or government. This preparation will be customized to meet specific areas of interest to the student with an emphasis on engineering design.

Goal 1: Graduates will have mastered selected topics in chemical engineering and related areas to achieve their specific goals and objectives.

Goal 2: Graduates will be proficient at engineering design, with the ability to solve complex chemical engineering problems.

Goal 3: Graduates will be well prepared for a career in industry or government in chemical engineering or a related field.

Chemical Engineering Combined Degree

To encourage undergraduate engineering students to extend their studies to include a graduate degree, the College of Engineering and Mines has a combined program that permits students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in an engineering discipline. This program allows students to designate two three-credit graduate courses to count for both degrees. The selected courses must have graduate course standing and be designated when a student requests admission to the program.

Students may be admitted to the Chemical Engineering Combined Degree program after the completion of 95 credit hours toward the bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.3 and before completion of the bachelor’s degree. The student is admitted to the School of Graduate Studies on completion of 125 credit hours for the bachelor’s degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program is to prepare students for research careers in industry, government and academia using chemical engineering principles to develop energy and material resources for the benefit of society.

Goal 1: Graduates will have mastered fundamental topics in chemical engineering and be able to apply them to research problems of practical significance.

Goal 2: Graduates will be proficient researchers, having the skills required to formulate, assess, and document a hypothesis.

Goal 3: Graduates will be proficient at designing, conducting, and managing an independent research project.

Goal 4: Graduates will be well prepared for a career in industry, government, or academia in the field of chemical engineering.

 

Master of Science (M.S.)

Admissions Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. B.S. degree in chemical engineering from an ABET accredited program. Students applying for the combined BSChE/MS degree should see the “Chemical Engineering Combined Degree” section for additional details. Students holding a B.S. degree in a science or other engineering field may be admitted to Qualified Status with an obligation to acquire a background in chemical engineering.
  2. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 or a GPA of at least 3.00 for the last two years. (An overall GPA of at least 3.3 for the combined BSChE/MS degree is required).
  3. Graduate Record Examination General Test for those with undergraduate degrees from non-ABET accredited programs.
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the Graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Chemical Engineering Department.

Thesis Option:

  • A minimum of 30 semester credits, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  • At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  • A maximum of nine semester credits may be transferred from another institution.
  • A thesis documenting research on a topic related to chemical engineering.
Required Courses
CHE 562Seminar in Chemical Engineering2
CHE 591Research3
CHE 998Thesis4
At least 21 credits of coursework from chemical engineering and related fields, which may include a minor or cognate.21
Total Credits30

Non-Thesis Option:

  • A minimum of 32 credits, including credits granted for independent study.
  • At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  • A maximum of nine semester credits may be transferred from another institution.
  • Preparation of a written independent study report approved by the faculty advisor.
  • Comprehensive final examination.
Required Courses
CHE 562Seminar in Chemical Engineering2
CHE 591Research4
CHE 997Independent Study2
At least 24 credits of coursework from chemical engineering and related fields.24
Total Credits32

 

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the Graduate School’s current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from an ABET accredited program. Students applying for the combined BSChE/MEngr degree should see the “Chemical Engineering Combined Degree” section for additional details.
  2. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50 or a GPA of at least 3.00 for the last two years.
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Engineering degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Chemical Engineering Department. The general degree requirements for the Master of Engineering degree set forth by the Chemical Engineering Department include:

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits with at least 15 credits of chemical engineering at the 500-level.
  2. At least 15 credits in engineering design, including either CHE 511 Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics or CHE 512 Transport Of Mass, CHE 595 Design Project (3 credits), and 9 credits selected from approved engineering design courses.
  3. At least 15 credits of basic and engineering science, including at least 3 credits of chemistry, 3 credits of chemical engineering, 3 credits of mathematics, and 3 credits of chemistry, chemical engineering, or mathematics.
  4. A maximum of nine semester credits may be transferred from another institution.
  5. A written report documenting work on a successfully completed chemical engineering design project.
  6. Comprehensive final examination.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. B.S. degree in chemical engineering from an ABET accredited program with a GPA of at least 3.3 or a M.S. degree in chemical engineering with a GPA of at least 3.0. Students holding a B.S. degree in a science or other engineering field may be admitted to Qualified Status with an obligation to acquire background undergraduate engineering knowledge. The exact requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Graduate Record Examination General Test for those with undergraduate degrees from non-ABET accredited programs.
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 90 semester credits, including acceptable master’s degree work and credits granted for the dissertation and the research leading to the dissertation.
  2. Successful completion of an oral comprehensive exam when at least 45 post baccalaureate credits have been completed. This exam will be based on the four core chemical engineering courses and their application to the student’s research. The exam will be administered by at least three faculty members from the Department of Chemical Engineering. Candidates who fail the exam will be allowed one opportunity to repeat the exam. The reexamination must take place no later than 13 months after the initial exam attempt.
  3. Students must present to their advisory committee an annual oral progress report describing research progress.
  4. Preparation and defense of a dissertation documenting original and independent research on a topic related to chemical engineering.
Required Courses
CHE 501Advanced Transport Phenomena3
CHE 509Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CHE 511Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics3
CHE 515Design of Engineering Experiments3
CHE 562Seminar in Chemical Engineering3
CHE 591Research36-45
CHE 999Dissertation12
At least 9 credits of graduate coursework from outside chemical engineering, which may contribute to a minor or cognate.9
Additional graduate coursework9-18
Successful completion of the four core chemical engineering courses with a GPA of at least 3.3.12
Advanced Transport Phenomena
Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics
Design of Engineering Experiments
Total Credits93-111

Courses

CHE 501. Advanced Transport Phenomena. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to give an advanced treatment of momentum, heat, and mass transfer suitable for graduate students in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and environmental engineering. This course will involve using advanced mathematics to model transport systems of importance in engineering science and design. Prerequisites: CHE 301 and MATH 266.

CHE 503. Fuels Technology. 3-4 Credits.

Processing and utilization of low rank fuels.

CHE 504. Air Pollution Control. 3 Credits.

Identification of major air pollutants from stationary and mobile sources and methods of controlling their emissions; dispersion of air pollutants in the atmosphere; photochemical air pollution; federal and state regulations. Prerequisite: Background equivalent to CHEM 122, MATH 265, and PHYS 252 is expected.

CHE 505. Biochemical Engineering. 3 Credits.

Principles of biochemical engineering and methods for the analysis, design, operation, and monitoring of biochemical engineering processes and reactors. Application to biochemical engineering research. Prerequisite: CHE 321 or consent of instructor.

CHE 507. Advanced Unit Operations. 3-6 Credits.

One or more of the following: fluid flow, heat flow, evaporation, humidification and dehumidification, drying, gas absorption, distillation, and extraction. Prerequisite: Background equivalent to CHE 405 is expected.

CHE 508. Advanced Unit Operations. 3-6 Credits.

Continuation of the first semester's work in advanced unit operations.

CHE 509. Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. 3 Credits.

Chemical Engineering processes from the standpoint of quantitative thermodynamics. Special emphasis on thermodynamics of chemical reactions. Prerequisite: Background equivalent to CHE 403 is expected.

CHE 510. Advanced Chemical Process Control. 3 Credits.

Analysis and design of advanced chemical process control systems including: dead time compensation, feed forward and adaptive control, multivariable control, digital computer control and the use of Z-transforms to get the discretetime dynamic response of chemical process systems. Prerequisites: MATH 266 and CHE 408 or equivalents approved by the department.

CHE 511. Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics. 3 Credits.

Theory and practice of industrial chemical reactor design. Advanced topics in kinetics of industrial chemical reactors. Prerequisite: Background equivalent to CHE 421 is expected.

CHE 512. Transport Of Mass. 3 Credits.

Prerequisites: Background equivalent to CHE 305, CHE 321, and MATH 265 is expected.

CHE 515. Design of Engineering Experiments. 3 Credits.

Design and analysis of experimental data including block and factorial arrangements, significance of data, and mathematical modeling. Prerequisite: MATH 265.

CHE 520. Impurities in Combustion and Gasification Systems. 3 Credits.

This course is on the fate and behavior of fuel derived impurities in energy conversion systems and how impurities influence system design, operation and reliability. Prerequisite: CHEM 122.

CHE 525. Polymer Engineering. 3 Credits.

Basic polymer structures and characterization. Polymerization reactions and kinetics of condensation and chain growth polymerizations. Polymerization processes including bulk, suspension, solution, and emulsion polymerizations. Polymer processing technologies including extrusion, and injection molding. Prerequisites: CHE 321 and CHE 301.

CHE 530. Combustion Theory and Modeling. 3 Credits.

A theoretical and mathematical study of premixed and diffusion flames, laminar and turbulent combustion, solid fuel combustion and pollutant formation. Prerequisites or corequisites: CHE 301 and CHE 303. S.

CHE 531. Rocket Propulsion. 3 Credits.

A theoretical and mathematical study of space flight, the thermodynamics of rocket propulsion, classification and formulation of propellants and their combustion characteristics, and rocket motors. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHE 303. F.

CHE 532. Explosives: Theory and Modeling. 3 Credits.

A theoretical and mathematical study of: the thermodynamics of deflagrations and detonations, classification and formulation of explosives and their combustion characteristics. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHE 303. F.

CHE 535. Metallic Corrosion and Polymer Degradation. 3 Credits.

Reviews the forms of metal corrosion and of polymer degradation; discussion of control and mitigation techniques. F.

CHE 562. Seminar in Chemical Engineering. 1 Credit.

Conferences and reports on current developments in Chemical Engineering.

CHE 591. Research. 1-15 Credits.

Analysis, planning, and detailed study of definite problems; individual laboratory work on some selected problems to develop the power of independent investigation.

CHE 593A. Special Topics. 1-3 Credits.

Topics of current interest to be considered each semester. Regular grading.

CHE 593B. Special Topics. 1-3 Credits.

Topics of current interest to be considered each semester. S/U grading.

CHE 595. Design Project. 3-6 Credits.

A three to six credit course of engineering design experience involving individual effort and formal written report. Prerequisite: Restricted to the Master of Engineering students and subject to approval by the student's advisor.

CHE 996. Continuing Enrollment. 1-12 Credits.

CHE 997. Independent Study. 2 Credits.

CHE 998. Thesis. 1-9 Credits.

Development and documentation of scholarly activity demonstrating proficiency in Chemical Engineering at the master's level. F,S,SS.

CHE 999. Dissertation. 1-12 Credits.

F,S,SS.

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