University Bulletin 2018-2019

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Chemical-Biomolecular Eng

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Staff (251) 460-6160
Chair F. Carl Knopf
Professors Knopf, Sylvester, Leavesley, West
Associate Professors Wheeler
Assistant Professors Glover, Rabideau, Walker

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Chemical Engineering is a profession in which knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, biology and other natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop economical ways of using material and energy for the benefit of mankind. The program required for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering provides fundamental instruction in mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering. This education prepares the graduate to seek employment in petrochemical, pharmaceutical, healthcare, microelectronics, polymers, energy and environmental industries. In addition, the graduate is adequately prepared to pursue graduate school.

Chemical engineering students are required to take the Chemical Engineering discipline specific Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination in Alabama or another state prior to graduation. All electives must be approved by the student's advisor. Degree requirements include a minimum of 18 semester hours of approved electives in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Satisfactory completion of the 126 hour program outlined below leads to a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Students must also comply with the College of Engineering Requirements for a Degree, which are covered in the Bulletin under the College of Engineering.

BSChE Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering’s undergraduate program are that, within a few years of program completion, graduates will have used the knowledge and skills gained through academic preparation and post-graduation experience so they have:

  1. Advanced in the chemical engineering profession, obtained professional licensure, and applied engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills to multi-disciplinary projects.
  2. Incorporated economic environmental, social, regulatory, constructability, safety, and sustainability considerations into the practice of chemical engineering.
  3. Exhibited effective communication skills, teamwork, leadership, initiative, project management, and professional and ethical behavior.
  4. Continued their technical and professional development, which may include graduate level education, continuing education, and participation in professional organizations.

BSChE Student Outcomes

By the time of graduation from the BSChE program, a student will have demonstrated attainment of the following outcomes: 

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve chemical engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively. 
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. 
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary engineering practice.

The BSChE curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 

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Faculty Listing

Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Faculty
Cloutier, Robert J. General Engineering Professor BS, United States Naval Academy
MBA, Eastern University
PHD, Stevens Inst of Technology
Glover, Thomas G. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Assistant Professor BS, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
PHD, Vanderbilt University
Knopf, Frederick C. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Professor BSCHE, Ohio State U-Main Campus
MS, Ohio State U-Main Campus
PHD, Purdue University-Main Campus
Leavesley, Silas J. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Professor BS, Florida State University
PHD, Purdue University-Main Campus
Lester, Henry D. General Engineering Assistant Professor BS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U
MS, University of Arkansas- Fayett
MSCE, University of Alabama
MS, University of Alabama
PHD, University of Alabama
Rabideau, Brooks D. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Assistant Professor BS, Northwestern University
PHD, University of Texas- Austin
Sylvester III, Nicholas D. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Professor BS, Ohio University
PHD, Carnegie Mellon University
West, Christy W. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Associate Professor BS, University of Alabama
PHD, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
West, Kevin N. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Professor BS, University of Virginia
PHD, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main