Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

A career in chemical engineering provides:

  • Endless opportunities
  • Considerable personal satisfaction
  • Environmental impact
Dr Thiel

Dr. Stephen Thiel of the Chemical Engineering Program makes strides in engineering education

Dr. Stephen Thiel, a Professor-Educator in the Chemical Engineering program, recently attended the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2015 Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium in October 2015.  Symposium attendees are nominated by either their dean or by a member of NAE and are asked to describe a project, either complete or in progress, focused on innovation in engineering education.  Dr. Thiel’s project focused on making the Chemical Engineering capstone a richer experience for students interested in entrepreneurship or research.  Dr. Thiel reports that he is most excited about the formation of a working group that will be looking at ways to integrate design more completely into engineering curricula; he will be participating in that group, joined by faculty from Northeastern University, the University of Maryland, California State University at Fullerton, and others.

► Chemical Engineering Faculty News

1.  Dr. Peter Smirniotis publishes book entitled Water Gas Shift Reaction

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Smirniotis on his recent book published by Elsevier entitled Water Gas Shift Reaction.  Dr. Smirniotis’ coauthor on this project was Gunugunuri K. Reddy, a Research Scientist in Toyota’s Materials Research Department. The water gas shift reaction is the reaction between water and carbon monoxide to produce carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas and is so named for the mixture of water and carbon monoxide, known as water gas. Industrially, this is a critically important reaction as it can be used to produce hydrogen, an important future fuel, while using up carbon monoxide. The book explores many areas of this reaction, including high and low temperature applications with various catalysts as well as the modification of the ratio of the reactants.

2.  Dr. Yoonjee Park wins Korean Institute for Chemical Engineers (KIChE) President Young Investigator Award

Dr. Yoonjee Park, an assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Program, was recently selected as the winner for the KIChE President Young Investigator Award in 2015.  This award was established by the President of KIChE in 2011 to recognize young investigators who have demonstrated significant potential to make substantial contributions to the field of Chemical Engineering. With those criteria in mind, the selection committee recognized Dr. Park’s strong potential for leadership in the field of biomedical engineering and her extensive service to the KIChE-US Chapter over the past several years. The award ceremony will be held during the KIChE-US Chapter Open Forum as a part of 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City this month.  Congratulations Dr. Park!

► Chemical Engineering Student News

ChE Design Exposition

The Chemical Engineering program had its annual Senior Design Exposition on April 16, 2015.  At the exposition, teams of Chemical Engineering seniors present capstone projects they prepared as part of CHE 5046, Process Design II.  The exposition is in a poster forum format, and is judged by an outside panel of chemical engineers provided by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers – Ohio Valley Section.  This year, Dev Patel, Kelsey Smyth, Zachary Wagner, Samuel Warncke took first place with their project entitled, "Shale Gas to Olefins”.  Second place went to the posted entitled, "Direct Synthesis of Dimethyl Carbonate," by Alexandra Long, Linea Olsson, Rebecca Schmidt, Nicole Williams.  And third place was found to be a tie among, “Synthesis of Dimethyl Ether" by Alexander Gedney, Ashley Honebrink, Ryan Thomas, Logan Waterman, "Greener Methanol Production" by Sujal Chokshi, Nicholas Kienzle, Peter Miller, Timothy Ochmann and "Gasoline from Biomass Char" by Michael Boyles, Gregory Dinan, Kory Koran, Andrew Meyer. Special thanks to AIChE-OVS for their long-standing support of this event, and to our students for their hard work and dedication!!