Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Office: 1100 W. Engineering Building; 313-577-3800
Interim Chairperson: Jeffrey Potoff
http://engineering.wayne.edu/che/

Chemical engineering applies the sciences of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics in a synergistic way to develop new or improved technologies, products and processes for the benefit of mankind. The chemical engineering B.S. degree provides a strong technical background, from which graduates may enter into professional careers in fields such as petrochemical processing, energy, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, advanced materials, semiconductor processing, biotechnology, environmental control, natural and synthetic rubbers and plastics, surface coatings, food processing, cosmetics, and consumer products. Many chemical engineering undergraduates continue their studies in graduate programs (M.S. or Ph.D.) in chemical engineering, or in related disciplines such as materials science and biomedical engineering, in preparation for careers in research and development. Chemical engineering also provides excellent undergraduate preparation for professional programs in medicine (M.D.), law (J.D.), and business (M.B.A.).

The undergraduate program in chemical engineering includes studies in chemistry, mathematics, and physics, as well as an understanding of physical, biological and chemical systems and processes. Engineering science courses cover material and energy balances, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, separation processes, and dynamics, simulation, and control of systems and processes.

In addition to the Undergraduate Program Goals, the specific objectives of the chemical engineering B.S. program are:

  1. Engineering Practice. Graduates of the B.S. in Chemical Engineering program will have the ability to successfully pursue professional employment in an entry-level position in chemical engineering or related disciplines.
  2. Graduate Education. Graduates of the B.S. in Chemical Engineering program will be academically well-prepared to pursue graduate study in chemical engineering and related disciplines.
  3. Science and Mathematics. Graduates of the B.S. in Chemical Engineering program will be able to apply fundamental knowledge in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and engineering to practical problems in chemical engineering, and related disciplines.
  4. Engineering Analysis. Graduates of the B.S. in Chemical Engineering program will be able to apply theoretical, computational, and experimental methods to solve engineering problems.
  5. Design. Graduates of the B.S. in Chemical Engineering program will be able to apply principles and methods of chemical engineering to the design of chemical processes and products.
  6. Communications. Graduates of the B.S. in Chemical Engineering program will be able to communicate effectively in oral and written technical presentations and reports.
  7. Professionalism. Graduates of the B.S. in Chemical Engineering program will be aware of the social responsibility of engineers and the importance of ethics in the engineering profession.
  8. Self-learning. Graduates of the B.S. in Chemical Engineering program will be able to acquire new knowledge through self-learning and continuing education, as needed in their professional careers.
  9. Co-op and Undergraduate Research Experience. Graduates of the B.S. in Chemical Engineering program will have received opportunities to enrich their preparation for professional practice and/or graduate studies through co-op experience and internships, and through undergraduate research experiences.
  10. Advanced Technical Knowledge. Through the program's curriculum options, graduates of the B.S. in Chemical Engineering program will have acquired in-depth knowledge in one of the following areas: Product and Process Engineering; Biological Engineering; Molecular Engineering and Nanotechnology.