Students entering the graduate program in the Chemical Engineering Program can work towards an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. The graduate program also includes provisions for study leading to an M.S. in chemical engineering for students who have a B.S. degree in a related field. Students will be required to register as undergraduates for as many semesters as it takes to meet prerequisites to the courses required in the M.S. (Ch.E.) degree program.
The Materials Science and Engineering program offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in materials science and engineering. These programs include a mix of theoretical and practical study most appropriate to each student. Studies include topics on nanotechnology, electronic materials, alternative energy materials (nuvlear, solar, etc.), and advanced materials processing techniques, as well as pther traditional materials science areas, such as corrosion, welding, powder metallurgy etc.. Some students prefer to work on applied problems that are presented by industry or research establishments in the area, generally with funding from outside sources. Studies can be tailored to individual interests.
These advanced studies are financed by research grants, an industry sponsor, or occasionally by departmental funding. They are designed to train the individual in research methods and investigative procedures that will later enhance his or her ability in industrial or research environments or in teaching. The master's program involves both class work and research; the latter being designed to familiarize the student with research methods. In the doctoral program, the student is expected to break new ground and advance the field both scientifically and to maintain the competitive technological lead enjoyed in the U.S. for so many years. The master's program generally requires 12 to 24 months beyond the baccalaureate degree and the doctoral program usually entails at least three years beyond the baccalaureate degree.
Graduate studies in this department are highly diversified in order to accommodate the needs of most students who have a good basic background in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Areas of expertise include chemical reaction engineering; simulation, optimization and process design especially for the pulp and paper and food applications; hazardous waste characterization and bioremediation; membrane, nano-science, fluid mechanics, biochemical engineering; and mass transfer research.
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