Chemical Engineering

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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 October 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

Faculty

Chair: Professor Mark A. Burns

Professors: Barteau, Burns, Fogler, Glotzer, Gulari, Kim, Kotov, Kushner, Lahann, Larson, Linic, Schwank, Shea, Solomon, Thompson, Wang, Yang and Ziff

Associate Professor: Eniola, Lin, Nagrath, Putnam, Shtein and Violi

Assistant Professors: Scott, Thurber, Tuteja and Wen

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

Degree Programs

Degree Programs

Interdepartmental Degree Programs

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

Degree Programs of the Department

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 candidacy 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.

Contact

University of Michigan

G068, NCRC-28
2800 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800
Phone: (734) 763-1148
Fax: (734) 763-0459
E-mail:
Program Website: http://www.engin.umich.edu/che

Courses

The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. Not all of the courses listed below are available for registration. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar's website for course offerings by term. The final authority for changes in course offerings rests with the academic departments.

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

431.  Eng Stat & Prob Solv.  Required pre-requisite: CHE 342 and 343; (C- or better)  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (3 credits)

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

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

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

497.  Spec Topic ChE.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor  (1 to 16 credits)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

554/MATSCIE 554.  Comput Methods.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (3 credits)

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

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

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

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

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

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

578.  Molecular Catalysis.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  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.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Bio 311, Chem Eng 517, or equivalent Biology course; Senior Standing.  (3 credits)

588/BIOMEDE 588.  Global Qual Syst.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior and graduate students enrolled in the CoE and health related professional schools  (2 credits)

595.  Chem E Res Surv.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 credits)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

696.  Selected Topics.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 to 16 credits)

697.  Chem E Problems.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 to 16 credits)

698.  Directed Study.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 to 16 credits)

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

990.  Diss-Precand.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  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  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (4 or 8 credits)

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Program Statistics: Ph.D.

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Number of applications 333 317
Number of new doctoral students 28 25
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 131 110
Female 37% 35%
Male 63% 65%
International 34% 35%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 66% 65%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
African American 8% 5%
Asian American 13% 16%
Hispanic (one or more races) 10% 6%
Native American 1% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 62% 66%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 2% 4%
Not indicated 3% 3%
Ph.D. Degree
2015 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 18 17
Median years to Ph.D. 5.38 5.38
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2015 81%
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2015 80%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2015 5 Year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 97% 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 tenth year after graduation, 2002 - 2006 cohorts Position type fifth year after graduation, 2007 - 2011 cohorts Position type first year after graduation, 2011 - 2015 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 26% 8% 4%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 2% 16% 42%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 11% 3% 2%
Business / Industry 51% 63% 48%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 6% 9% 1%
Not employed 2% 1% 2%
No data available 3% 1% 1%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 65 80 84

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 24, 2015.

Program Statistics: Master's

Master's Admissions
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Number of applications 118 101
Number of new master's students 13 13
Master's Enrollment
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 28 23
Female 43% 36%
Male 57% 64%
International 46% 62%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 54% 38%
Master's Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
African American 0% 2%
Asian American 13% 16%
Hispanic (one or more races) 0% 2%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 80% 66%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 0% 5%
Not indicated 7% 9%
Master's Degree
2015 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 30 26
Median years to Master's 1.65 0.65
Percent of students who entered the master's program between 2011-12 and 2012-13 and completed the Master's as of August 31, 2015 94%
Percent of students who entered the master's program between 2013-14 and 2014-15 and completed the Master's as of August 31, 2015 93%
Funding
2015 5 Year Average
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 1-25% of Tuition and Fees 32% 7%
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 26-50% of Tuition and Fees 2%
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 51-75% of Tuition and Fees 10%
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 76-100% of Tuition and Fees 16% 68%
Enrolled Master's students - No University support 53% 13%

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 24, 2015.