Chemical Engineering


Chemical Engineering

Admits Fall (Ph.D. and M.S.E.) and Winter terms (M.S.E. only). Deadline for Fall for Ph.D. applicants December 15 and master's applicants is January 15. The deadline for Winter applications is November 1. GRE general required; Letters of recommendation required.
Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 00114; Academic Program: Chemical Engineering; Ph.D.
Code: 00115; Academic Program: Chemical Engineering; M.S.E.
Code: 01552; Academic Program: Chemical Engineering; SUGS


Chair: Professor Mark A. Burns

Professors: Barteau, Burns, Fogler, Glotzer, Green, Gulari, Kotov, Kushner, Lahann, Larson, Savage, Schwank, Solomon, Thompson, Wang, Yang and Ziff

Associate Professor: Eniola, Kim, Linic, Mayer, Putnam, Shtein and Violi

Assistant Professors: Lin, Monroe, Nagrath, Thurber, and Tuteja

Professors Emeriti: Briggs, Carnahan, Curl, Donahue, Kadlec, Kempe, Powers, Tek, Young, Weber, Wilkes

Degree Programs

Degree Programs

Interdepartmental Degree Programs

Various faculty of the department participate in the following interdepartmental degree programs:

Biomedical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
Macromolecular Science and Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
Materials Science and Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.

Degree Programs of the Department

Master of Science in Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see the Master's Degrees and Doctoral Degrees sections of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

Master of Science in Engineering

Admission: A completed application and transcripts of all previous academic records must be on file. An applicant must have completed preparation equivalent to the corresponding undergraduate program at the University; three letters of recommendation and GRE scores are required.

Minimum Number of Credits Required: 30 credit hours.

Specific Course Requirements: at least 21 hours, including no more than 6 hours of research (Chem. Eng. 695), must be in chemical engineering. Students must elect:

Chem. Eng. 595 (Research Survey),
Chem. Eng. 527 (Fluid Flow),
Chem. Eng. 528 (Chemical Reactor Engineering),
Chem. Eng. 542 (Transport Phenomena),
Chem. Eng. 538 (Statistical Thermodynamics);
Chem. Eng. 505 (Math for Chemical Engineers)

and two cognate (non-chemical engineering technical or scientific) courses.

Final Examination: None.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission: Applicants must submit a completed application and transcripts of all previous academic records. Three letters of recommendation and GRE scores are required. Students holding either the B.S. or M.S. degree in the sciences or engineering may enroll directly in the doctoral program. To remain in the program, the student must pass the qualifying examination based upon one semester's research.

Minimum Course Requirements: 36 credit hours.

Specific Course Requirements: At least 21 hours, including no more than 6 hours of research (Chem. Eng.) must be chemical engineering courses. Students must elect the following:

Chem. Eng. 595 (Research Survey)
Chem. Eng. 527 (Fluid Flow)
Chem. Eng. 528 (Chemical Reactor Engineering)
Chem. Eng. 542 (Transport Phenomena)
Chem. Eng. 538 (Statistical Thermodynamics)
Chem. Eng. 505 (Math for Chemical Engineers)

Two Chemical Engineering electives

Two cognate (non-chemical engineering) courses

One free (any department) elective at the 500 or 600 level.

Additional coursework, if any, is determined by the Dissertation Committee. Students who enter the Ph.D. program holding the M.S. degree must elect the Research Survey (Chem. Eng. 595), and two Chemical Engineering elective courses.

Candidacy Examination: Required (must be taken at the end of the first year).

Foreign Language Requirement: None.

Preliminary Examination: The preliminary examination requires the preparation of a proposal of doctoral-scale research and an oral defense of this proposal. This examination is scheduled during the fourth term for B.S. entrants and at the beginning of the third term for M.S. entrants. The subject of the proposal normally becomes the basis for the doctoral dissertation. The preliminary examination committee usually becomes the dissertation committee.

Dissertation Prospectus: A Project Summary must be prepared and submitted to the faculty prior to the establishment of a dissertation committee. This is done with the preliminary exam.

Candidate Status: Candidacy requirements are described in the Doctoral Degrees section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

Seminar in Chemical Engineering: A student must deliver an oral presentation at a national meeting.

Dissertation Committee: The department encourages regular meetings of each student's dissertation committee. The dissertation committee recommends additional graduate courses relevant to a dissertation, such as advanced work in chemistry, mathematics or physics. The student is responsible for conferring with the committee members and arranging committee meetings.

Teaching or Grading Requirement: Each Ph.D. student is required to serve as a teaching or grading assistant for at least one term.

Publishing Requirement: Each Ph.D. student is expected to publish at least one first-author, peer-reviewed research article prior to their Ph.D. dissertation defense.

For information on the dissertation committee, final oral examination, and publication of dissertation, see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.


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The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. For more detailed and current information write directly to the department.

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  Chemical Engineering (Subject Code: CHE)

Chemical Engineering (Subject Code: CHE)
412/MACROMOL 412/MATSCIE 412.  Polymeric Materials.  Required pre-requisite: [(MATSCIE 220 or 250) and CHEM 210; (C- or better)] or Graduate  (3 credits)

414/MFG 414/MATSCIE 414/MACROMOL 414.  Appl Polymer Proc.  Required pre-requisite: MATSCIE 412 or CHE 412 or MACROMOL 412 (C- or better ) or Graduate  (3 credits)

444.  Appl Chem Kinetics.  Advisory pre-requisite: Chem 260 or 261, ChE 344  (3 credits)

470.  Colloids&Interfaces.  Advisory pre-requisite: CH E 330  (3 credits)

472.  Polymer Sci & Eng.  Advisory pre-requisite: CH E 344  (4 credits)

496.  Spec Topics in Ch E.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of Instructor  (1 to 16 credits)

500/CEE 500/ENSCEN 500.  Envir Syst Proc I.  Advisory pre-requisite: CEE 460 recommended  (3 credits)

505.  Math for ChE.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (3 credits)

510.  Appl Math in Ch E.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing, differential equations.  (3 credits)

511/MATSCIE 511/MACROMOL 511.  Rheol Poly Matl.  Advisory pre-requisite: A course in fluid mechanics or permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

512/MATSCIE 512/MACROMOL 512.  Phys Polymers.  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior or graduate standing in engineering or physical science  (3 credits)

516.  App Pharma&Toxic.  Advisory pre-requisite: CHE 344 or equivalent  (3 credits)

517/MFG 517.  Biochemical Eng.  Advisory pre-requisite: CHE. 344, BIOLCHEM 415 or equivalent; permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

519/PHARMSCI 519.  Pharmaceutical Eng.  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior or graduate standing, instructor permission.  (3 credits)

520/PHARMSCI 761.  Population PK.  Advisory pre-requisite: PHARMSCI 560 or permission of instructor  (2 credits)

527.  Fluid Flow.  Advisory pre-requisite: Chem. Eng.,341.  (3 credits)

528.  Reactor Engineering.  Advisory pre-requisite: Chem. Eng. 344.  (3 credits)

530/BIOINF 530.  Intro Bioinf Sys Bio.  (3 credits)

531.  Intro to Chemoinfo.  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior or Graduate Standing. Permission by Instructor  (3 credits)

538.  Stat&Irrev Thermo.  Advisory pre-requisite: CH E 330  (3 credits)

540.  Math Bio-network.  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior or Graduate Standing, permission of instructor  (3 credits)

542.  Int Transport Pheno.  Advisory pre-requisite: G.STD.  (3 credits)

543.  Adv Separ Processes.  Advisory pre-requisite: CHE 343  (3 credits)

548.  Electrochem Engr.  Advisory pre-requisite: Chem. Eng. 344.  (3 credits)

554/MATSCIE 554.  Comput Methods.  (3 credits)

557/MATSCIE 557.  Computational Nano.  Advisory pre-requisite: Differential equations course, and a statistical thermodynamics or statistical mechanics course advised  (3 credits)

558/MACROMOL 558/MATSCIE 558.  Foundations of Nano.  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior or graduate standing  (3 credits)

559/MATSCIE 559/MACROMOL 559.  Foundations Nano II.  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior or graduate standing.  (3 credits)

563/MATSCIE 563/BIOMEDE 563.  Biomole Interfaces.  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior or graduate standing  (3 credits)

568.  Fuel Cells & Process.  Advisory pre-requisite: CHE 344 and Senior or Graduate Standing  (3 credits)

574.  Engr Drug Delivery.  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior or Graduate Standing  (3 credits)

578.  Molecular Catalysis.  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior or graduate standing  (3 credits)

580/ENGR 580.  Teaching Engin.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  Advisory pre-requisite: Doctoral candidate.  (3 credits)

584/BIOMATLS 584/BIOMEDE 584.  Adv in Tissue Engr.  Advisory pre-requisite: Bio 311, Chem Eng 517, or equivalent Biology course; Senior Standing.  (3 credits)

595.  Chem E Res Surv.  (1 credits)

596/BIOMEDE 596/PHARMSCI 596.  Health Sci&Eng Sem.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (1 credits)

597/PHARMACY 597.  Regulatory Issues.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of Instructor  (2 credits)

598.  Adv Spec Topics.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of Instructor  (2 to 4 credits)

601.  Chem Engr Sem.  Required pre-requisite: Graduate  (1 credits)

606.  Microfluidic Sci Eng.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor  (3 credits)

616/BIOMEDE 616.  Anl Chm Sgnl.  Advisory pre-requisite: Math. 216 and Biol. Chem. 415.  (3 credits)

617/MFG 617.  Adv Biochm Tech.  Advisory pre-requisite: Chem. Eng. 417 or permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

626.  Complex Fluids.  Advisory pre-requisite: CH E 527  (3 credits)

628.  Industr Catalysis.  Advisory pre-requisite: CH E 528  (3 credits)

629/PHYSICS 629.  Complex Fluids.  Advisory pre-requisite: CHEM 527 and Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

686/CEE 686/ENSCEN 686.  Env Sustainability.  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior or Graduate standing advised  (2 to 3 credits)

695.  Research Problems.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate students and admitted SGUS students with graduate advisor's permission.  (1 to 16 credits)

696.  Selected Topics.  (1 to 16 credits)

697.  Chem E Problems.  (1 to 16 credits)

698.  Directed Study.  (1 to 16 credits)

751/PHYSICS 751/MATSCIE 751/MACROMOL 751/CHEM 751.  Topic Macr Sci.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 credits)

990.  Diss-Precand.  Advisory pre-requisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.  (1 to 8 credits)

995.  Diss-Cand.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  (4 or 8 credits)

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Program Statistics

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2013 5 year Average
Number of applications 349 253
Number of new doctoral students 24 19
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2013 4 year Average
Total enrollment 108 97
Female 37% 33%
Male 63% 67%
International 31% 35%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 69% 65%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2013 4 year Average
African American 4% 2%
Asian American 13% 15%
Hispanic (one or more races) 7% 4%
Native American 1% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 68% 69%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 3% 5%
Not indicated 4% 3%
Ph.D. Degree
2013 5 year Average
Number of degrees awarded 9 15
Median years to Ph.D. 5.3 5.4
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2013 81%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2013 4 year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 96% 95%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 2% 2%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 2% 3%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type first year after graduation, 2009 - 2013 cohorts Position type five years after graduation, 2005 - 2009 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 3% 11%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 45% 20%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 0% 5%
Business / Industry 40% 51%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 3% 7%
Not employed 7% 3%
No data available 3% 4%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 73 76

These data will be updated annually in December.