Department of Chemical, Biological, and Bioengineering

http://www.ncat.edu/coe/departments/cbbe/index.html

Stephen B. Knisley, Chairperson

DEGREES OFFERED

Bioengineering – Bachelor of Science (Curriculum Guide)
Biological Engineering – Bachelor of Science (Curriculum Guide)
Chemical Engineering – Bachelor of Science (Curriculum Guide)

Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering and Bioengineering are core engineering disciplines and are central to the College of Engineering and the University's mission and  its land grant heritage. The breadth of these disciplines affords us many natural links to other academic programs within and outside the College of Engineering. These interdisciplinary links have allowed us to develop strengths in emerging areas of engineering, while maintaining our excellence in more traditional areas. Each of the three Bachelor of Science programs is a four-year engineering program open to new college entrants and transfer students.

BIOENGINEERING PROGRAM (Biomedical Engineering)

Bioengineering is the application of engineering principles and techniques to problems in medicine and healthcare. Bioengineering seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine. It combines the design and problem solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to improve healthcare diagnosis and treatment. Bioengineering has recently emerged as a distinct engineering discipline, compared to many other engineering fields. Such an evolution occurs as a new field transitions from being an interdisciplinary area of study among established fields, to being a discipline in itself. Much of the work in bioengineering consists of research and development, incorporating knowledge from a broad array of fields such as healthcare, ethics, life sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, biosystems analysis and engineering design. Prominent bioengineering contributions include the development of prosthetics to restore limb function, medical devices such as surgical repair devices and implanted stimulators to restore heart and motor function, imaging systems such as MRI and ultrasound scanners to diagnose diseases, biotechnologies and biomaterials for tissue regeneration and surgical therapies, and systems for targeted drug delivery in the body.

MISSION

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering program at North Carolina A&T State University is to prepare our students for the broad practice of bioengineering and for graduate education in bioengineering and the related fields of graduate study as well as professional schools.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Within a few years after graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering Program, the graduates are expected to have:

  • Perform effectively in bioengineering-related positions in industry or in graduate/professional schools.
  • Demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills in using interdisciplinary approaches for solving problems.
  • Become active in their communities and in their professional societies.
  • Enhanced their professional credentials through life-long learning.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The Bioengineering majors must complete 125 credit hours following the approved departmental program curriculum. Majors must also satisfy all University and College of Engineering requirements.

ACCREDITATION

The undergraduate program in Bioengineering, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering degree, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, July 2016, the three largest employment areas for Biomedical Engineers are medical equipment and supplies manufacturing, research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences, and pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing. Additional employment areas include electromedical and control instruments manufacturing, general medical and surgical hospitals, government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health, and research organizations. A 23% growth in jobs is projected through 2024 for this occupation, compared with 7% growth for all occupations combined and 4% growth for the engineering occupations combined. Examples of specialty areas within the field of biomedical engineering are Bioinstrumentation, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Clinical engineering, Rehabilitation engineering, and Systems physiology. Bioengineering is often a good choice for students who wish to pursue further studies after graduation such as Masters and Ph.D. programs and Medical Schools.

BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM
(Jointly administered between the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and College of Engineering)
http://www.ncat.edu/academics/saes/academics/nred/biological-engineering.html

Biological Engineering (BIOE) is the application of sciences, mathematics, engineering and biological principles to advance human health and environmental sustainability. The BIOE program at N.C. A&T has two concentrations: Bioprocess Engineering and Natural Resources Engineering. Bioprocess Engineering focuses on plant and microbial biology, and biomanufacturing techniques to produce biofuels (e.g., ethanol and biodiesel), bioproducts (e.g., proteins and biodegradable polymers), biochemicals (e.g., biodetergents and adhesives) and pharmaceuticals (e.g., vaccine and antibiotics). Natural Resources Engineering involves soil and water conservation engineering; water resources management which includes drainage, irrigation, natural resources management, or environmental/ecological restoration; water quality, surface and sub-surface hydrology, and land management. Graduates are trained to design and evaluate biological systems to enhance human well-being and environmental health. Our graduates are trained to embrace lifelong learning so that they can continue to be productive long after graduation, to meet the needs of an ever-changing global society. The BIOE program  meets all pre-academic requirements for attending medical school.

MISSION

The mission of the Biological Engineering program is to provide its students with a quality Biological Engineering education and to satisfy the educational and technical needs of society on  local, national and international levels.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Biological Engineering graduates are expected to attain the following within a few years of graduation:

  1. Be competent in creative and contemporary engineering designs to advance environmental sustainability and human health,
  2. Have disciplinary knowledge and skills to conduct engineering practice or pursue graduate studies,
  3. Work effectively, inclusively and ethically in multidisciplinary teams,
  4. Be active in professional societies and continuing engineering education through lifelong learning.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The Biological Engineering major must complete 120 credit hours following the approved departmental curriculum. Majors must also satisfy all University and College of Engineering requirements.

ACCREDITATION

The undergraduate program in Biological Engineering, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering (BS-BLEN) degree, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC-ABET). http://main.abet.org/aps/AccreditedProgramsDetails.aspx?OrganizationID=410&ProgramIDs=967. Biological Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was the first to obtain national accreditation at a Historically Black University in the USA. The program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A degree in this field prepares a student for careers in engineering design, management, research, consulting, sales, teaching, and product development, governmental agencies (federal and state), industries and foreign services.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Chemical engineers have a broad enough background to do almost anything they choose. All branches of engineering emphasize the application of the principles of mathematics and physics to solve problems and create products for the community at large. Chemical engineers, however, are unique in emphasizing applications that are also founded in chemistry and biology. Chemical engineers are primarily concerned with processes and equipment in which material undergoes a change in composition or state. Chemical engineers often become employed by a company which manufactures a variety of chemical products, including plastics, forest products, gasoline, food, textile fibers, and pharmaceuticals. Chemical engineers also find career opportunities in the fabrication of microelectronic devices, the control of industrial and municipal wastes, and the application of biological science to produce chemicals from biomass through genetic engineering.

MISSION

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program is to provide students with a learning experience in chemical engineering that will instill in them a lifelong sense of learning, social responsibility, and commitment to improving the quality of life for all people. The Department seeks to provide an atmosphere of dedicated service to the student by providing instruction, counseling, program planning, career guidance, and other supportive student services to facilitate their growth and success in the academic and professional communities.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

After graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program, the graduates are expected within a few years of graduation to have:

  • Performed effectively in a chemical engineering related position in industry or in graduate/professional schools.
  • Demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills in using interdisciplinary approaches for solving problems.
  • Been active in their communities and professional societies.
  • Enhanced their professional credentials through life long learning.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The chemical engineering major must complete 128 credit hours following the approved departmental curriculum. Majors must also satisfy all University and College of Engineering requirements.

ACCREDITATION

The undergraduate program in Chemical Engineering, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) degree, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A highly diverse set of professional opportunities exists for chemical engineers, ranging from design, construction, operations research, and product development to technical sales and management. A career in chemical engineering is often a route to top management. In addition to the industrial opportunities that await chemical engineering graduates, opportunities exist for graduate study in engineering as well as such diverse areas as medicine, law, business and biotechnology. In view of the many options open to its graduates, chemical engineering can be a particularly good choice for students who have broad interests, but have not yet defined their career objectives.

The chemical engineering curriculum is designed to give students the knowledge and scientific tools needed to prepare them for a career in industry or to go on to graduate school. It is also intended to be flexible enough to accommodate a broad range of educational interests. An option for chemical engineering students with advanced placement is a dual degree in Chemistry, Bioengineering or Biological Engineering.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS IN BIOENGINEERING

BMEN 220. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Credit 3(3-0)
This course is an introduction to the application of engineering principles (including numerical methods) to solve problems in medicine, the integration of engineering with biology, and the emerging industrial opportunities. Examples from a variety of engineering disciplines will be provided. The ethical concerns associated with some emerging life science applications will be explored. Prerequisite: MATH 131, CHEM 106. Corequisite: BIOL 101. (F;S)

BMEN 310. Biomaterials Credit 3(3-0)
This course is designed to introduce various biomaterials such as polymers, metals, and ceramics with the focus on their synthesis, characterization, structure-property relationship and surface modification. The biocompatibility issues of biomaterials will be discussed from different aspects such as protein adsorption, foreign body reaction, immune and inflammatory response and sterilization. Prerequisite: BIOL 101, BMEN 220, CHEM 221. (F;S)

BMEN 311. Biomedical Imaging and Devices Credit 3(2-2)
In this course, students learn about the major imaging modalities used in clinical medicine and biomedical research. The physical principles including photon absorption, acoustic reflection, and nuclear magnetic resonance that produce contrast in each modality, and the devices, signals and analyses used to acquire images are discussed. Each student performs direct measurements on and analyzes data from living systems using an imaging system or device. Prerequisites: BMEN 220. Corequisites: BMEN 320, ECEN 340. (F;S)

BMEN 320. Engineering Analysis of Human Physiological Systems Credit 3(3-0)
In this course engineering analyses are applied to cellular systems, the electrical and mechanical activity of the heart, the structure and function of the respiratory, nervous and cardiovascular systems, and basic reaction kinetics, pharmacokinetic modeling and tracer kinetics. Differential equations and quantitative predictive approaches such as those used in modeling electronics, fluid dynamics, solid mechanics and control theory describe organ system functions and parameters, integration into the larger function of homeostasis, adaptations during disease, and responses to medical devices and other therapies. Prerequisite: BMEN 220. (F;S)

BMEN 321. Biomechanics Credit 3(3-0)
This course applies concepts of statics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials to human activities and tissues. Course topics will include musculoskeletal anatomy; analysis of forces in static biological systems; linear and angular dynamics of human movement; application of stress and strain analysis to biological tissues. Prerequisite: BMEN 220, Corequisite MEEN 230 or consent of instructor. (F;S)

BMEN 322. Linear Systems in Bioengineering Credit 3(3-0)
Fundamentals of linear systems analysis as applied to problems in biomedical modeling and instrumentation. Topics covered include properties of biomedical systems and signals; representation of continuous- and discrete-time signals and system response; convolution; Fourier analysis in continuous and discrete domains; Laplace transform; Frequency response and its application in biomedical systems; filter design; circuit analogs to mechanical and thermodynamics systems and their applications in modeling biomedical systems; applications in biomedical instrumentation; use of MATLAB to simulate and analyze biomedical linear systems. Prerequisites: GEEN 161, BMEN 310. (F;S)

BMEN 325. Bioengineering Lab Credit 2(1-2)
This course provides the student with the ability to perform measurements on and analyze data from living systems. Principles of bioengineering are applied in multiple laboratory modules oriented toward in-vivo measurements and data analysis. Each student performs laboratory experiments and creates a professional-quality laboratory report including tables and graphs, images, data analysis, and statistics that document each module. Prerequisite: BMEN 220 (F;S)

BMEN 411. Biotransport Credit 4(2-2)
This course explores the similarities between the fundamental principles of momentum, heat, and mass transfer, develops analogies between the fundamentals that apply at microscopic and macroscopic scales, and uses the fundamentals in conjunction with conservation laws to develop mathematical descriptions of physiological and engineering systems. Prerequisites: CHEN 300. Corequisite: CHEN 312. (F;S)

BMEN 412. Introduction to Tissue Engineering Credit 3(3-0)
This course is designed to introduce students to an understanding of tissue engineering (TE), and the biomaterials, cells and growth factors used in TE. Specific applications include skin, nerve, bone, and soft tissue regeneration. Throughout the course ties are made between the topic of study and clinically relevant situations. Prerequisites: Senior standing or consent of instructor. (F;S)

BMEN 421. Biomechanics of Organs, Tissues and Cells Credit 3(3-0)
Biomechanics encompasses the mechanics of the human body all the way to the cellular and molecular levels. This course covers the application of solid mechanics to describe the mechanical behavior of organs, soft biological tissues, and cells. The course introduces at the undergraduate level fundamental concepts and techniques of mechanics (e.g. stress, strain, constitutive relations), and of the structure and composition of tissues and cells. Prerequisites: Senior standing or consent of instructor. (F;S)

BMEN 480. Senior Capstone Design I Credit 3(2-2)
In this first course in a two-semester design course sequence, students synthesize and extend the skills and knowledge acquired during undergraduate education toward a biomedical product or service in a team environment. Students learn key facets of medical product design including needs identification, engineering standards, identification of multiple realistic constraints, user requirements, prototyping and alternative solutions.  By the end of this course students have an understanding of the unique requirements of this profession. Prerequisite: BMEN 325, BMEN 310, BMEN 320, BMEN 321. (F;S)

BMEN 481. Senior Capstone Design II Credit 3(1-4)
This is the second half of the two-semester design course sequence in which the student synthesizes and extends the skills and knowledge acquired during undergraduate education toward designing a biomedical product or service. Student teams implement key facets of the medical product design process involving needs and user requirements, analyses leading to designs that meet stated constraints, appropriate codes and engineering standards, and consideration of alternative solutions.  Prerequisite: BMEN 480. (F;S)

BMEN 485. Special Topics/Projects in Bioengineering Credit 3(1-4)
Selected Bioengineering topics of interest to students and faculty. The topics will be selected before the beginning of the course and will be pertinent to the programs of the students enrolled. Projects may include design, analysis, testing, and/or experimental work. Prerequisites: Senior standing in BMEN or consent of instructor. (F;S)

BMEN 498. Co-op Industrial Experience in Engineering Credit 3-6(0-12)
This course is a supervised learning experience in a private or governmental medical facility or a company that produces Biomedical products or services for the Biomedical industries. Students must complete a combination of three co-op/internship with at least one session being a semester co-op. Course requirements include the student's evaluation of each co-op/intern session and an oral report summarizing the work experiences will be presented to a faculty committee. Prerequisites: Senior standing in BMEN or consent of instructor. (F;S)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

BIOE 114. Home and Farm Maintenance Credit 3(1-4)
This course provides instruction in the selection, sharpening, care and correct use of shop tools and equipment; woodworking and simple carpentry; simple electrical repairs; sheet metal work; electric arc and oxyacetylene welding; pipe fitting and simple plumbing repairs. (F;S)

BIOE 204. Principles & Applications of Land Surveying Credit 3(1-4)
This course covers basic surveying knowledge, theories and practices of plane and topographic surveying, measurement (accuracy and errors), differential and profile leveling, stadia traverse, and an introduction to site planning and development. The integration of Global Positioning Systems along with field layout, orientation, land leveling to facilitate development and water management (Irrigation and Drainage) will be emphasized. Horizontal and vertical roadway layout will also be discussed. Prerequisite: MATH 102 or MATH 110 or MATH 131. (F;S;SS)

BIOE 216. Geographic Information Systems Credit 3(1-4)
This course introduces Geographic Information System (GIS) concepts and applications. GIS theory is presented, and hands-on exercises are used to demonstrate the application and use of GIS in agriculture, arts and sciences, health, political sciences, engineering, technology, and other disciplines. (F;S)

BIOE 330. Engineering Systems Analysis and Design Credit 4(2-4)
This course introduces the analysis and the design of engineering systems. Concepts, methods, and procedures associated with the engineering design process are studied. Specific topics include project management; customer need identification; team behavior; concept generation and evaluation; embodiment design; modeling and simulation; finite element analysis software; material selection; engineering statistics; and legal and ethical issues in design. Prerequisites: CAEE 232 or MEEN 232 or equivalent. (F;S) 

BIOE 360. General Hydrology Credit 3(2-2)
This course is an introduction to the study of surface and subsurface hydrology. Topics include hydrologic cycle, rainfall-runoff relationships, precipitation measurements and hydrographs, unit hydrograph analysis, flood routing, planning and design of runoff/detention systems, and computer applications in hydrology. Prerequisites: CAEE 362 or MEEN 316. (F;S;S)

BIOE 400. Soil and Water Engineering Credit 3(2-2)
This course studies the sustainable soil and water use by evaluating and applying present conservation practices and models. Water conveying and retaining structures, and soil conservation, drainage and irrigation systems are  discussed and designed. The course emphasizes sound environmental design practices. Prerequisite: BIOE 360 or equivalent. (F;S;S)

BIOE 404. Structures and the Environment Credit 3(1-4)
This course covers the fundamentals of timber-framed building design and construction. Topics include, selection of materials, design of foundations, beams and columns, reinforced concrete, and environmental considerations, such as temperature, humidity, condensation, and ventilation. Prerequisite: CAEE 232 or MEEN 232 or equivalent. (F;S;S)

BIOE 415. Water Management & Conservation Credit 3(3-0)
The primary purpose of the course is to examine basic concepts and practices dealing with water issues, agricultural pollutants, irrigation and drainage, water conservation methods, and design and evaluation of water management systems at the field and watershed scale. This course will also evaluate the effects of management practices on yield, water quality and water use efficiency. The course will review basic principles of hydrology, erosion, saturated and unsaturated flow, soil-water-air-plant relationships, land planning and development. Prerequisite: SLMG 350 or equivalent, Senior standing. (F;S;SS)

BIOE 422. Introduction to Bioprocess Engineering Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers the engineering concepts for biological conversion of raw materials to food, pharmaceuticals, fuels, and chemicals. Emphasis is placed on energy balance, material balance, fluid flow and mixing, heat and mass transfer, bioreaction kinetics, design, analysis, instrumentation, and control of bioreactors. Prerequisites: BIOE 330 or equivalent. (F;S;S)

BIOE 423. Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Systems Credit 3(2-2)
This course discusses the production, utilization, and system design for energy in food and agricultural productions. Specific topics include: biogas, biomass, solar energy, energy analysis, conservation and management, and electric power supply and motor control. Energy production through photosynthesis and energy flow in biological systems are studied. Prerequisite: MEEN 241 or CHEN 312 and BIOL 221 or equivalents. (F;S;S)

BIOE 424. Water Resources Engineering Credit 3(2-2)
This course emphasizes the analysis and design of water resources systems. Topics include water resources planning and development, hydraulic structures, introduction to aquifer analysis and contamination, well development, pump evaluation and selection, water quality, best management practices, total maximum daily load, water laws, detention and retention ponds, wastewater management, and remediation. Prerequisite: BIOE 360 or equivalent. (F;S,;S)

BIOE 425. Instrumentation for Biological Systems Credit 3(1-4)
Basic concepts of instrumentation for monitoring of biological systems will be studied. Specific topics include: selection and use of sensors and data acquisition systems for measuring various parameters of biological systems (temperature, pressure, flow and pH value), monitoring and control of bioreactors, analytic instruments for measuring cells and biomolecules (light and fluorescence microscopes, GC-MS, HPLC and elemental analyzer), and analysis of experimental data. Prerequisite: BIOE 330. (F;S;SS)

BIOE 426. Food Engineering Credit 3(2-2)
The general engineering principles of solids, fluids, and process equipment are discussed. Topics include energy, heat, enthalpy, pyschrometrics, heat and mass transfer, drying and refrigeration of food products. Prerequisite: CHEM 107. (F;S;S)

BIOE 432. Physical and Engineering Properties of Soils Credit 3(2-2)
This course addresses the fundamental principles of soil physical properties and processes; movement of water in soil; soil dynamics; measurement and analysis of soil physical properties and processes; methods of analysis applicable to solving practical problems relative to agriculture, hydrological and environmental problems. Prerequisite: BIOE 360 or consent of instructor. (F;S;S)

BIOE 440. Engineering Properties of Biological Materials Credit 3(2-2)
This course covers engineering properties of plant and animal materials. Specific topics include structure and composition of plant and animal materials, elastic and viscoelastic properties, food rheology and thermal properties, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic properties, and electromagnetic properties. Prerequisites: BIOL 101 or equivalent; CAEE 232 or MEEN 232 or equivalent. (F;S;S)

BIOE 485. Selected topics in Biological Engineering Credit 3(3-0) An in-depth lecture course covering several advanced topics in Biological Engineering. Topics are selected to match student interest and faculty expertise. A specific course description will be made available at the time such a course is offered. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Biological Engineering. (F;S;S)

BIOE 490. Independent Study in Biological Engineering Credit 1-3(0-6)
An independent study course is completed on a single topic in Biological Engineering / Topics are selected to fit the mutual interests of students and faculty advisor. The study includes the design of an apparatus, a process, or a procedure. Final written report and an oral presentation of the work are required. Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor (F;S;S)

BIOE 495. Engineering Design I Credit 1(1-0)
In this course, each student identifies a design project, defines the problem, collects all required resources and databases and outline the work plan. This project integrates design concepts from previous courses. Prerequisite: BIOE 330. (F;S;S)

BIOE 496. Engineering Design II Credit 2(2-0)
In this course students complete the work plan established in BIOE 495. Prerequisite: BIOE 495. (F;S;S)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

CHEN 200. Chemical Process Principles Credits 4(3-2)
This course is an introduction to the analysis of chemical processes with an emphasis on mass and energy balances. Stoichiometric relationships, ideal and real gas behavior are also covered. Topics also include an introduction to the first law of thermodynamics for open and closed systems and the solution of problems with comprehensive mass and energy balance equations. Prerequisites: CHEM 106, GEEN 100 (with a grade of “C” or higher). Corequisites: CHEM 107, MATH 132, and PHYS 241. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 218. Analysis of Chemical Process Data Credit 3(2-2)
The course introduces contemporary computational methods and tools for designing experiments and analysis of data, frequency distribution and probability concepts. The course covers statistical inference, empirical models, strategies for efficient experimentation and their applications in chemical engineering process analysis. Statistical methods including error analysis, curve fitting and regression, analysis of variance, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and control charts are covered. Prerequisite: MATH 132 (with C or better). (F;S;SS)

CHEN 220. Analytical Methods in Engineering Credits 3(2-2)
This course introduces contemporary computational methods and tools for numerical analysis in engineering. It includes numerical methods in differentiation, integration, interpolation, root-finding, linear and nonlinear regression. Linear algebra topics include matrix manipulation, solution of linear simultaneous equations, and solution of ordinary differential equations. Each topic involves projects with numerical computations using MATLAB. Prerequisites: MATH 132 (with a grade C or higher). (F;S;SS)

CHEN 300. Fluid Mechanics Credits 3(2-2)
This course examines the continuum concept, fluid statics, mass and momentum balances, the Bernoulli Equation, dimensional analysis, pipe flow problems, the design and the selection of pumps and the three forms of drag. Boundary layer flows, compressible flow and flow measurement devices are reviewed. Prerequisites: MATH 231, PHYS 241 (both with  C or higher). (F;S;SS)

CHEN 310. Fundamentals of Thermodynamics Credits 3(2-2)
This is a basic course in fundamental thermodynamic principles. The topics covered include energy, heat and work, thermodynamic properties of substances, real and ideal gases, first and second laws of thermodynamics, introduction of power cycle and refrigeration cycle. Prerequisites: CHEN 200, MATH 231, PHYS 241 (all with C or higher). (F;S;SS)

CHEN 311. Thermodynamics of Chemical and Phase Equilibria Credits 3(2-2)
This course consists of a systematic study of chemical reaction equilibria and phase equilibria. Use of fugacity, activity and chemical potential concepts for predicting the effect of such variables as temperature and pressure on equilibrium compositions are studied. Methods for measuring and estimating thermodynamic properties important to equilibrium calculations in real systems are also examined. Single component and multi-component systems are addressed. Students are introduced to the ASPEN PLUS chemical process simulation package and are trained to use the package to access and estimate thermodynamic properties of pure components and mixtures. Prerequisite: CHEN 310. (F;S)

CHEN 312. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Credits 4(3-2)
The course is a study of thermodynamics principles with special emphasis on chemical process applications and equilibria. Topics included are the first and second laws, properties of single and multi-component systems, expansion and compression of fluids, heat engines, thermodynamics of flow processes, phase equilibria and chemical reaction equilibria. Prerequisites: CHEN 200, MATH 231 (both with C or higher grade) or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 320. Heat Transfer Credits 3(2-2)
The course covers the fundamentals of heat conduction, convection, radiation, boiling and condensation, and heat exchangers. Design and safety aspects of heat transfer equipment will be covered. Prerequisites: CHEN 300, MATH 431 (with a grade of “C” or higher). (F;S;SS)

CHEN 325. Introduction to Chemical Process Simulation Credits 1(0-2)
The course is an introduction to the use of a chemical process simulator. Computer-aided mass and energy balances are emphasized. Ideal models for mixing, reaction and separation are used. Students learn to prepare process streams to feed the above processing operations. Students are introduced to computer-aided thermodynamic property analysis for pure and multi-component systems. Students study vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid equilibrium using various thermodynamic models. Currently, the ASPEN PLUS simulation package is used. Prerequisites: CHEN 200 (with C or higher grade), Corequisite: CHEN 312. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 330. Chemical Engineering Laboratory I Credits 2(0-5)
Students conduct laboratory studies on unit operations involving fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. The studies include open-ended experiments and comparisons between theory and experimental results. Statistical analysis of data, experimental design, laboratory safety and quality reporting are stressed. Students are required to complete formal and informal reports and make oral presentations with visual aids. Prerequisites: CHEN 218, Corequisite: CHEN 320. (F;S)

CHEN 340. Process Dynamics and Control Credits 3(2-2)
The course covers the methods for controlling chemical process equipment including the dynamic response of process equipment and systems. Simulation methods are stressed in the design of control systems. Modes of control, controller characteristics and control loop design are stressed. Computer control and statistical process control are introduced. Prerequisites: MATH 431, CHEN 300 (with a grade of “C” or higher) and CHEN 312. Corequisite: CHEN 320. (S)

CHEN 400. Mass Transfer Operations Credits 3(2-2)
The course is a study of diffusion, diffusional operations and stagewise separation principles. Topics include the quantitative treatment and design of mass transfer equipment involving equilibrium stage contacting. Operations included are distillation, absorption, and extraction. Additional operations, such as, ion exchange, drying, humidification, chromatography and membrane separation may be included at the instructor’s discretion. Prerequisite: CHEN 320 (with a grade of “C” or higher), CHEN 220, CHEN 312. (F,S,SS)

CHEN 409. Introduction to Bioseparations Credit 3(3-0)
The course is an introduction to the separation and purification of biochemicals. Separation processes are characterized as removal of insolubles, isolation of products, and purification or polishing. Processes covered include filtration, centrifugation, cell disruption, extraction, absorption, elution chromatography, precipitation, ultrafiltration, electrophoresis and crystallization. Students are required to complete a design project on a bioseparation process. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 410. Chemical Engineering Laboratory II Credits 2(0-5)
The course is a continuation of CHEN 330 with emphasis on open-ended laboratory studies and comparisons between theory and experimental results. Topics include mass transfer, process dynamics and control, reaction kinetics, and reactor design. Statistical analysis of data, experimental design, laboratory safety and quality reporting are stressed. Students are required to complete formal and informal reports and make oral presentations with visual aids. Prerequisites: CHEN 320 (with a grade of “C” or higher), CHEN 330. Corequisites: CHEN 400, CHEN 422. (F;S)

CHEN 412. Introduction to Green Engineering Credit 3(3-0)
Students are introduced to the concept of green engineering and its application through industrial ecology, risk assessment and life‑cycle assessment methodologies. Topics include green engineering at the macroscale (industrial sector), mesocale (unit operations), and microscale (molecular interactions). Students will design an engineering process with emphasis on preserving and improving environmental quality. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 415. Overview of Energy and Fuels Credit 3(3-0)
Students are exposed to the estimates of past and current fuel consumption in the United States and the world. Future projections of the global energy needs and the fuels likely to be utilized to meet these needs are discussed. These fuels include fossil fuels, synfuels, and fuels from renewable resources, such as, wind, solar and biomass. Students learn about processing of fuels for energy production. The course includes design of a fuel process with emphasis on economic and environmental impact. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 422. Chemical Reaction Engineering Credits 3(2-2)
This course covers the fundamentals of chemical kinetics, rate theories and chemical reactor design. Homogeneous reactors are emphasized. Heterogeneous systems and catalysis are introduced. Students design chemical reactors for batch and flow systems. Prerequisites: CHEN 320 (with a grade of “C” or higher), CHEN 312, CHEM 221. (F;S)

CHEN 425. Basic Food Process Engineering Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers basic food processing and development. Topics include the different food groups, food preparation operations, process operations, new food developments, health hazards and their effects on humans. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 430. Process Design I Credits 3(2-2)
The steps in creating a chemical process design from concept to completion and plant operation are studied. Topics included are engineering economics, simulation, process equipment design, ethics, and process safety. Students complete an open-ended process component design. Prerequisites: CHEN 320 (with a grade of “C” or higher), CHEN 312, CHEN 325. Corequisites: CHEN 400, CHEN 422. (F;S)

CHEN 435. Introduction to Process Scaleup Credit 3(3-0)
This course is designed to teach students how to 1) scaleup a process or model and 2) perform model, pilot and plant studies for translation of processes from model, laboratory and pilot plant information to the plant. The course will cover the different scaleup methods and how to establish viable process objectives. A general scaleup method is presented and a number of examples are worked as illustrations. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 440. Process Design II Credits 3(1-4)
This capstone design course emphasizes the design of a complete chemical process including a literature survey, mass and energy balances, flow diagrams, equipment selection and design, and cost and economic analysis. Students develop and use computer-aided simulation to model process equipment design. Projects include extensive use of the ASPEN PLUS simulation package. Oral and written presentations of the design projects are required. Prerequisites: CHEN 400, 422, 430, CHEM 441; Corequisite: CHEN 340. (F;S)

CHEN 441. Computer-Aided Process Design Credit 3(3-0)
Computer models of varying complexity are used to simulate the behavior of many unit-operations. Students complete computer‑aided mass and energy balances for complete chemical plants. Selecting the best computer model for each process step is stressed. Simulation of the computer-aided design of a chemical process is included. Students learn to retrieve and plot physical property, thermodynamic and VLE data. Currently, the ASPEN PLUS simulation package is used. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 445. Introduction to Environmental Remediation Credit 3(3-0)
The course introduces students to traditional and developmental methods for removal and detoxification of hazardous wastes at contaminated sites and from industrial waste streams. Chemical, thermal, biological and physical methods of remediation are covered. The course deals with hazardous wastes in soils, groundwater, surface water, wastewater ponds and tanks. The emphasis is on destruction, removal and containment methods using mathematical models for contaminate fate and transport. Recent advances in emerging technologies are also discussed. Each student will complete an environmental remediation design project. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 448. Process Safety, Health and Environment Credit 3(3-0)
Fundamentals of chemical process safety and designing for the environment are introduced in this course. Topics include toxicology, industrial hygiene, source models, toxic release and dispersion models, fires and explosions, relief systems, hazard identification and risk analysis, environmental fate and transport, waste generation, pollution prevention, and regulatory requirements. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 455. Engineering Applications of Nanostructured Materials Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces students to modern chemical engineering material processing technologies. Chemical vapor deposition, crystallization, electrochemical deposition, electroplating and supercritical fluid-based processing techniques for the production of nanostructured materials are discussed. This course also reviews the effects of parameters (such as lattice structure, material composition, nucleation, crystal growth phenomena, chemical bonding, etc.) on the catalytic, electronic, optical and physical properties of metallic and ceramic materials. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor  (F;S;SS)

CHEN 464. Nuclear Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Credit 3(3-0)
This course provides discussions of thermal hydraulic characteristics of power reactors, thermal design principles, reactor heat generation, transport equations for single phase flow and two-phase flow. Analyses of fuel elements, two phase flow dynamics, two phase heat transfer, single heated channels, steady state flow and heat transfer analysis are given. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 465. Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces students to engineering technology of polymeric materials, and science and engineering of large molecules. Students learn about control of significant variables in polymer synthesis, and physical methods for characterization of molecular weight, morphology, rheology and mechanical behavior. Engineering applications include additives, blends and composites, natural polymers and fibers, thermoplastics, elastomers and thermosets, polymer degradation and stability, polymers in the environment, and polymers for advanced technologies, such as, membrane separations, biomedical devices, electronic and photonic industry. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 470. Introduction to Solids Processing and Particle Technology Credit 3(3-0)
This course is an introduction to solids processing and particle technology. Topics included are properties of particles, size reduction, size enlargement, filtration, drying of solids, crystallization and flotation. Industrial examples will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

CHEN 474. Interdisciplinary Design Credit 3(1-4)
This course gives senior students the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams. Lectures will include ethics, teamwork and professional practice. Student teams complete an industry-based design project that is broader in scope than is normally available in CHEN 440. An oral presentation and a written report are required. This course may be taken as a substitute for CHEN 440. Prerequisite: CHEN 430. (F;S)

CHEN 485. Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering Credit 3(3-0)
An in-depth lecture course covering several advanced topics in chemical engineering. Topics will be selected to match student interest and faculty expertise. A specific course description will be available at the beginning of each semester that the course is offered. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S)

CHEN 490. Independent Study in Chemical Engineering Credit 3(0-6)
An independent study project is completed on a single topic in chemical engineering. Topics are arranged to fit the mutual interests of the student and a faculty advisor. The study includes the design of an apparatus, a process, or a procedure. Final written and oral presentations of the work to a faculty committee are required. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (F;S)

CHEN 498. Internship in Chemical Engineering Credit 3(3-0)
This course consists of selected chemical engineering topics of interest to students and faculty. The topics will be defined in the course syllabus at the time when the course is offered. Prerequisite: Senior standing in CHEN or consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)

DIRECTORY OF FACULTY IN CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND BIOENGINEERING

Yusuf G. Adewuyi
Professor
B.S., Ohio University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Niroj Aryal
Assistant Professor
B.S.,Tribhuvan University, Nepal; M.S.; Ph.D. Michigan State University

Narayan Bhattarai
Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., Tribhuvan University Nepal, M.S., Ph.D., Chonbuk National University

Godfrey A. Gayle
Professor
B.S., North Carolina A&T State University; M.S., Ph.D., North Carolina State University

Shamsuddin Ilias
Professor
B.S., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka; M.S., University of Petroleum and Minerals; Ph.D., Queen’s University; Professional Engineer

Vinayak N. Kabadi
Professor
B.S., Bombay University; M.S., State University of New York; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Stephen B. Knisley
Professor and Chairperson
B.S. Duke University; Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jianzhong Lou
Professor
B.S., M.S., Zhejian Institute of Technology; M.S., Ph.D., University of Utah

Matthew McCullough
Assistant Professor
B.S., North Carolina A&T State University, PhD., University of Iowa

Abolghasem Shahbazi
Professor
B.S., University of Tabriz; M.S., University of California at Davis; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University (EIT)

Gary B. Tatterson
Professor
B.S., University of Pittsburgh; M.S., Ph.D., Ohio State University; Professional Engineer

Leonard C. Uitenham
Professor
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Lijun Wang
Professor
B.S., Zhengzhou University; M.Sc., South China University of Technology; Ph.D., National University of Ireland, Dublin

Yoeheung Yun
Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., Chonbuk National University, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Donghui Zhu
Associate Professor
B.S., East China University of Science & Technology, M.S., Washington University, M.S., Florida State University,  Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia