2017-18 Academic Catalog

Chemical Engineering

Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering
Department Director: Dr. Bill Elmore
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Santanu Kundu

330 Swalm Chemical Engineering Building
Box 9595
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Telephone: 662-325-2480
E-mail: gradstudies@che.msstate.edu

Graduate study is offered in the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering leading to the degree of Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. Two options are available which include the traditional Chemical Engineering program and a program with emphasis in Industrial Hazardous Waste Management. The School also cooperates in an interdisciplinary program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with a concentration in Chemical Engineering. Graduate research assistantships are available. To secure additional information, write to the Graduate Coordinator.

Admission Criteria

M.S. in Chemical Engineering; Ph.D. in Engineering with Chemical Engineering Concentration

Admission criteria differ based on the graduate degree sought. GRE scores are required on the quantitative, analytical, and verbal sections.

Direct Admission to the Ph.D. Program

Cumulative GPA of 3.20 on the last 64 hours of undergraduate coursework and GRE

Post M.S. - Ph.D. Program

Cumulative GPA of 3.00 and GRE

M.S. Program

Cumulative GPA of 3.00 on the last 64 hours of undergraduate coursework and GRE

International students must have a TOEFL score of 550 PBT (79 iBT) or 6.5 on the IELTS.

For those applicants not possessing a B.S. in Chemical Engineering or those coming from institutions that are not ABET-accredited, admission will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  If accepted, those students will be required to complete the required prerequisites and the Chemical Engineering undergraduate core curriculum:

Prerequisites
Calculus sequence plus differential equations
General chemistry (two semesters)
Organic chemistry (two semesters)
Physical chemistry
Calculus-based physics (two semesters)
Undergraduate Core Curriculum
CHE 2114Mass and Energy Balances4
CHE 3113Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I3
CHE 3123Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II3
CHE 3203Fluid Flow Operations3
CHE 3213Heat Transfer Operations3
CHE 3223Separation Processes3
CHE 4113Chemical Reactor Design3

M.S. Emphasis in Industrial Hazardous Waste Management

The applicant must have a B.S. in an engineering discipline from an ABET-accredited program.  Admission criteria requires a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and GRE score.

Requirements for the M.S. with emphasis in Industrial Hazardous Waste Management include 24 hours of coursework, at least 12 hours of which must be at the 8xxx level.  A minimum of 6 hours of Thesis/Research is required.  The composition of the program of study is flexible, providing the student an opportunity to select courses in conjunction with the research advisor that allow his/her concentration in a particular area of waste management and/or chemical engineering.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission is typically not available to students applying for graduate admission to the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering.

Academic Performance

The Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering is committed to maintaining high standards for the graduate programs offered by the school.  As a means to ensure satisfactory performance of all graduate students enrolled in the school, the guidelines for unsatisfactory performance are given.

  • Failure to maintain an overall B average (3.00) in graduate courses attempted after admission to the program
  • More than two grades of C in graduate level courses
  • A grade of D or F in a graduate level course
  • Failure of the qualifying exam
  • Unsatisfactory evaluation of a thesis or a dissertation
  • Failure to maintain an overall B average (3.00) in prerequisite undergraduate courses
  • Official withdrawal from school due to academic difficulties

All students are expected to adhere to these standards.  Failure to do so will result in the following actions by the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering.

  • A student who fails to maintain an overall B average in graduate courses will be given one semester to bring up her/his overall GPA in graduate level courses.  If the student currently holds an assistantship from the school, said assistantship may be terminated.  The student will be placed on probation for one semester.  The graduate level courses taken during this probationary semester must be part of the graduate student's program of study and should constitute a full load.  Failure to attain an overall B average in graduate courses at the end of this probationary semester will result in dismissal from the graduate program.
  • A student who earns more than two grades below a B, or earns a D or F in any graduate level course will be dismissed from the graduate program of the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering.
  • A student who officially withdraws from school during the semester due to academic difficulties will be dismissed from the graduate program of the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering.

Appeals Process

A student who is dismissed on the basis of academic performance from a graduate program offered by the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering may appeal the decision.  The appeals procedure is as follows.

  • A student may appeal his/her dismissal from a graduate program by submitting a letter of appeal to the Appeals Committee.  This letter should contain a detailed explanation of the circumstances leading to his/her dismissal (identified as one of seven points listed in academic performance policy) and should explain any extenuating circumstances leading to failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • The Appeals Committee shall be composed of the following five members.
    • Director of the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering
    • Graduate Coordinator of Chemical Engineering
    • Major professor for the student
    • A professor from another department within the College of Engineering (asked to serve by the Director and/or Graduate Coordinator of Chemical Engineering)
    • Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Engineering
  • The Appeals Committee will review the provided documentation and reach a consensus decision on whether to uphold or overturn the dismissal.  If the appeal at the program level is unsuccessful, the student may then appeal to the college dean.  If the appeal at the college level is unsuccessful, the student may then appeal to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Accelerated Program

Highly qualified chemical engineering undergraduates (minimum grade point average of 3.5 or higher) in the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering are encouraged to apply to the Accelerated Program.  This program permits students to earn up to 9 semester credit hours of graduate-level coursework during their final year of undergraduate studies (or, in exceptional cases, in the junior year, where the student has an exemplary academic record and meets all course prerequisites--e.g. in split-level 4000/6000 graduate courses). When completed successfully, the student will earn both undergraduate and graduate credit simultaneously. Students must meet with a potential graduate advisor to ensure graduate credit could be applied to a program of study for the graduate degree.

Application to this program may be made as early as the middle of the junior year (i.e. after completion of 90 or more hours of graded undergraduate courses.)

Students interested in applying to the Accelerated Chemical Engineering Program should contact either the School Director, Dr. Bill B. Elmore, or the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. W. Todd French, for more details.

Entrance requirements are as follows.

  • a cumulative grade point average of 3.50/4.00 or higher for all undergraduate work
  • a minimum of 90 hours toward the completion of the chemical engineering degree
  • completion of the core junior-level chemical engineering courses (i.e. CHE 3213 Heat Transfer Operations, CHE 3123 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II, CHE 3223 Separations)
  • a statement of professional interests and goals from the applicant

In exceptional cases, where the above criteria are met mid-way through the junior year, the student may take split-level (i.e. 4000/6000) courses in the second semester of the junior year. 8000-level courses are reserved for students in the senior year after completing the equivalent undergraduate course (e.g. CHE 4134 Chemical Reactor Design taken in a fall semester followed by CHE 8123 Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics taken in the last semester of the senior year).

For students enrolled in an Accelerated Program, the MSU Graduate Council has established the following guidelines in cooperation with the Registrar's Office.

Once the student is accepted into the Accelerated Program, the student and the advisor may select up to 9 hours that will satisfy both undergraduate and graduate requirements.  these courses may be split-level (i.e. split 4000-6000 level) or 8000-level classes.  The student should take the courses for graduate credit (i.e., 6000-level or higher).  The combination of undergraduate and graduate credit hours may not exceed 13 within a semester.

The student should use the Undergraduate Enrollment in Accelerated Degree Program form to (i) receive from the Office of the Graduate School a level override that enables the student to enroll in the graduate course(s) and (ii) activate a process with the Registrar's Office to obtain both undergraduate and graduate credit for the course.  After successfully completing the graduate-level class(es), the Registrar will grant credit for the undergraduate course and give the same grade as received for the graduate course.  For the case of a split-level class, the transcript will show credit for both 4000- and 6000-level on the transcript.  In the case of an 8000-level class, a special topics undergraduate course of the same title will be entered on the transcript to allow dual credit.

Students are permitted to opt out of the Accelerated Program at any time, at which point they could complete only the undergraduate portion of the program.  No additional dual counting of courses would occur after the students opted out of the accelerated degree program.

Students are expected to apply to the graduate degree program during the last semester in which they are enrolled in the Bachelor's program.  Application to the graduate degree program would be made through the standard application process via the Office of the Graduate School.  Students will received the Bachelor's degree once the requirements for the Bachelor's degree are met.  Students will be required to complete all of the requirements for both the bachelor's and graduate degrees in order to receive both degrees and those requirements will be identical to the requirements for students enrolled in traditional bachelor's and graduate degree programs.  Students will be classified as undergraduates until they fulfill all the requirements for the undergraduate degree.  At that time, upon admission to graduate school, they will be classified as graduate students and will be subject to all the guidelines pertaining to the graduate degree.

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with Chemical Engineering Concentration - Direct Admission

CHE XXXXGraduate-level coursework36
Dissertation esearch/dissertation20
Total Hours56

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering - Post Master's

CHE XXXXGraduate-level coursework12
Dissertation esearch/dissertation20
Total Hours32

A student entering with an M.S. from another institution must demonstrate that he/she has satisfied the Chemical Engineering graduate core courses; if not, all or a portion of the 12 hours of core coursework may be required.

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - Thesis

CHE 8011Chemical Engineering Seminar1
Chemical Engineering Core
CHE 8113Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Fall)3
CHE 8123Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics (Spring)3
CHE 8223Advanced Process Computations (Fall)3
CHE 8523Advanced Transport Phenomena (Spring)3
Mathematics/Statistics at the 6000/8000-level6
Technical electives at the 6000/8000 level 16
CHE 8000Thesis Research/ Thesis in Chemical Engineering6
Total Hours31
1

Technical electives are chosen in conjunction with the research advisor.

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - Non-Thesis

CHE 8011Chemical Engineering Seminar1
Chemical Engineering Core
CHE 8113Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Fall)3
CHE 8123Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics (Spring)3
CHE 8223Advanced Process Computations (Fall)3
CHE 8523Advanced Transport Phenomena (Spring)3
Mathematics/Statistics at the 6000/8000-level6
Technical electives at the 6000/8000 level 16
Additional graduate-level coursework8
Total Hours33
1

Technical electives are chosen in conjunction with the research advisor.

Completion Requirements for M.S. Students

All M.S. thesis students must prepare and successfully defend his/her thesis before a committee composed of faculty members of the University.  All non-thesis MS students must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination.

Completion Requirements for Ph.D. Students

Qualifying Examination

A Ph.D. student in good standing must complete a qualifying exam during the summer semester following his/her first full academic year.  The qualifying exam consists of satisfactory completion of a research proposition course in which students will be guided through development of a National Science Foundation-formatted research proposal and a final defense of the proposal in front of a committee composed of University graduate faculty.

Comprehensive Examination

Upon satisfactory completion of the graduate coursework, or within 6 hours of completion, a Ph.D. student must stand for a comprehensive examination.  The student must present to his/her defense committee the results to date and planned research efforts through the completion of the Ph.D. program.  This oral comprehensive examination will be comprised of a presentation by the student and a resulting question and answer session; it will provide a measure of the student’s research skills and research progress.  The comprehensive examination must be passed at least six months prior to graduation.  Successful completion of the comprehensive exam will result in the Ph.D. student’s being admitted to Ph.D. candidacy.

Dissertation Defense

The candidate must prepare and successfully defend her/his dissertation before a committee composed of faculty members of the University.

CHE 6113 Chemical Reactor Design: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CHE 3123 and MA 3253 ). Three hours lecture. The fundamentals of chemical reaction kinetics with applications

CHE 6134 Process Design: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: IE 3913 and Grade of C or better in CHE 3123 ,CHE 3213 and CHE 3223). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Design and analysis of chemical and environmental engineering processes utilizing momentum, energy, and mass transport principles

CHE 6143 Advanced Polymeric and Multicomponent: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; CHE 3413, ME 3403, EM 4133 or equivalent materials course.) Three hours lecture. Nomenclature, synthesis, characterization, processing, and properties of state-of-the-art polymeric and multicomponent materials

CHE 6153 Introduction to Particle and Crystallization: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing, C or better in CHE 2114, MA 1723, PH 2213, and/or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Fundamentals of particle and crystallization technology including theory and practical applications that emphasize unit operations and their interaction with solids

CHE 6163 Nanotechnology in Chemical Applications: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing, C or better in CH 1223, PH 2213, MA 1723, and/or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Fundamental concepts, applications, and preparation and synthesis of colloidal systems. Includes characterization methods and applications in nanotechnology

CHE 6193 Automotive Engineering: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Fundamentals of automotive engineering, including power units, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and industrial and systems engineering aspects. (Same as ECE 4193/6193,IE 4193/6193 and ME 4193/6193)

CHE 6223 Process Instrumentation and Control: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CHE 4113 and C or better in CHE 3223). Three hours lecture. Measurement of process variables; characteristics of control elements; automatic control instruments; dynamic behavior of process equipment; process control systems

CHE 6233 Chemical Plant Design: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:CHE 4134 and CHE 4113 ) Three hours lecture. Application of scientific and engineering principles to the design and economic evaluation of industrial chemical plants

CHE 6313 Transport Phenomena: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CHE 3213 , MA 3253 and either CHE 3203 or EM 3313 ). Three hours lecture.Fundamental principles of momentum, heat and mass transport. Relationships between transport processes and the physical property distributions in fluids and solids

CHE 6423 Fundamentals of Industrial Corrosion: 3 hours.

(Co-requisite: CHE 3413). Three hours lecture. Identifying and eliminating the different types of corrosion that lead to the failure of engineering structures

CHE 6513 Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Processes: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CHE 2113 and consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A study of pulping and paper making processes with emphasis on application of basic engineering techniques to special problems of the pulp and paper industry

CHE 6613 Air Pollution Control Design: Theory and Practice: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A study of the unit operations of air pollution control systems with a specific emphasis on air pollution dynamics, equipment design, and equipment operation

CHE 6624 Experimental Methods in Materials Research: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: CHE 3413 or ABE 3813 or ME 3403 or permission of instructors).Three hours lecture.Three hours laboratory. An introduction to research methodologies commonly used in the evaluation of treatments, and mechanical testing.(Same as ABE 4624/6624 and ME 4624/6624)

CHE 6633 Chemical Process Safety: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: C or better in CHE 2114, CHE 3203, and MA 1723). Three hours lecture. Fundamentals of chemical process safety, including toxicology, industrial hygiene, source modeling, dispersion modeling, fires & explosion and the design of reliefs

CHE 6673 Industrial Microbiology: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Introduction to microbial anatomy, physiology, and genetics. Use of microorganisms and their by-products. Identification and control of biofouling, biocorrosion,and biodegradation of products and processes. (Same as BIO 4673/6673)

CHE 6683 Fundamentals of Biofuels Production: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Engineering and economic analysis of the chemical processes applied to produce biofuels

CHE 6990 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

CHE 7000 Directed Individual Study in Chemical Engineering: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

CHE 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Chemical Engineering: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

CHE 8011 Chemical Engineering Seminar: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing). Library assignments and reports on the current chemical engineering literature

CHE 8113 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CHE 3123 and CHE 4113 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Advanced study of fundamental laws of thermodynamics as applied to unit operations, nonideal fluids and solutions, chemical equilibria, electrochemistry and similar topics

CHE 8123 Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Theory and interrelations of phenomemological chemical kinetics and molecular reaction dynamics

CHE 8223 Advanced Process Computations: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CHE 3223). Three hours lecture. Numerical methods. Numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations for process applications. Use of algebraic and matrix methods. Digital computer applications

CHE 8523 Advanced Transport Phenomena: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing). Fundamental principles in momentum, heat, and mass transport. Conservation equations. Continuity, motion, energy equations, and multicomponent mass equation of change

CHE 8713 Scientific Proposal Instruction and Development: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Detailed instruction in scientific research proposal preparation and review including, article and proposal reviewing, budgeting, literature searches, broader impact statements, and full proposal development and defense

CHE 8990 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

CHE 9000 Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Chemical Engineering: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged