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Chemical Engineering
Administered By: Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering
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Administration
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Chairman loney
Director of Pharmaceutical Engineering Program armenant

Administration
Chairman Norman Loney
Director of Pharmaceutical Engineering Program Piero M. Armenante

Faculty
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Distinguished Professors Armenant, Sirkar, dave
Foundation Professor Sirkar[Membrane Separations]
Professors Baltzis, Barat, Khusid,Dreyzin, Hanesian, Kimmel[emeritus], loney, Perna,sebastia ,Tomkinsr, xianqin
Associate Professor lsimon
Assistant Professors bilgece, rvoronov
Distinguished Research Professors gogos
Research Professors hjj2,myoung
Joint Appointments bozzelli [Chemistry],mitra[Chemistry]

Faculty
Distinguished Professors Piero M. Armenante, Kamalesh K. Sirkar, Rajesh N. Dave
Foundation Professor Kamalesh K. Sirkar(Membrane Separations)
Professors Basil C. Baltzis, Robert B. Barat, Boris Khusid, Edward L. Dreyzin, Deran Hanesian, Howard S. Kimmel(emeritus), Norman Loney, Angelo Perna, Donald H. Sebastian, Reginald P. Tomkins, Xianqin Wang
Associate Professor Laurent Simon
Assistant Professors Ecevit A. Bilgili, Roman S. Voronov
Distinguished Research Professors Costas G. Gogos
Research Professors Hyun J. Jun, Ming-wan Young
Joint Appointments Joseph W. Bozzelli(Chemistry), Somenath Mitra(Chemistry)

Advisors
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Undergraduate Advisor gordana
Co-Graduate Advisors loney,tomkinsr
Freshman Advisor gordana

Advisors
Undergraduate Advisor Gordana Obuskovic
Co-Graduate Advisors Norman Loney, Reginald P. Tomkins
Freshman Advisor Gordana Obuskovic
 
Degrees Offered: Master of Science in Chemical Engineering; Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

The graduate programs in Chemical Engineering offer opportunities for students to enhance their knowledge in the core areas of the discipline, learn about advanced topics in various established as well as emerging technologies through specialized courses, and engage in original research. Courses are taught by full-time faculty members that are also involved in cutting-edge research, and adjunct faculty with extensive industrial experience. The department enjoys close ties to the pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries, and plastics manufacturers through the Polymer Processing Institute (PPI). In addition to independent research, faculty members are associated with various research centers including the Center for Membrane Technology, the Particle Technology Center, and PPI. There are opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative research with the Federated Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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Master of Science in Chemical Engineering 3
 
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
This program is intended for those interested in advancing their understanding of chemical engineering. It may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. There are two options, one of which includes a master's thesis.

Admission Requirements:
An undergraduate degree in chemical engineering is usually required. Students who do not have a degree in chemical engineering may be considered for admission through the bridge program. The bridge program is comprised of a sequence of two courses, ChE 501 and ChE 502 , that needs to be completed before beginning the graduate program. Bridge courses are not counted toward degree credit. The bridge program is primarily for individuals who have a degree in either chemistry or an engineering discipline other than chemical engineering.

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, is typically required for admission. Applicants must submit GRE scores unless they hold a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from an ABET-accredited program in the U.S.A. International students must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (pencil and paper) and 213 (computer-based).

Degree Requirements:
A minimum of 30 credits is required. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the core courses listed below, and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Students following option 1 (below) must also successfully complete a master's thesis.

Core Courses:
12 credits:

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  ChE 611Thermodynamics (3 credits)
  ChE 612Kinetics of Reactions and Reactor Design (3 credits)
  ChE 624Transport Phenomena I (3 credits)
  ChE 626Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering (3 credits)
Option 1:
Required of those receiving partial or full departmental or research-based support. Students who do not receive financial support, may follow Option 1 without the Seminar and ChE 599 requirements listed below.

Thesis:

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  ChE 701Master's Thesis (6 credits)
Before deciding on a thesis topic and advisor, students must discuss thesis topics with at least three faculty members and get their signature on a form provided by the department. The signed form with the name of advisor selected and tentative title of thesis topic must be returned to the department for approval. Change of advisor requires consent of the previous advisor and departmental approval. The completed thesis must be examined and signed by three faculty members at least two of which must be on the department faculty. An oral presentation is also required. The MS thesis committee must be formed and submitted to the department for approval at least one semester before the expected graduation date. The department provides a form for the formation of the MS thesis committee.

Seminar:
In addition to the minimum 30 degree credits required, all students who receive departmental or research-based support must enroll each semester in ChE 791 Graduate Seminar.

ChE 599, Methods for Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants :

In addition to the minimum 30 degree credits, students receiving departmental support must enroll in ChE 599 at least once a year.

Elective Courses (12 credits):
A minimum of 3 credits of 600- or 700-level courses in chemical engineering. Of the remaining 9 credits, at least 3 credits must be in chemical engineering, pharmaceutical engineering, or chemistry. No more than 3 credits may be at the 500-level. 500-level courses offered in the department do not count towards degree requirements.

Option 2:
Available to students who do not receive any departmental or research-based support.

Elective Courses (18 credits):
A minimum of 9 credits of 600- and 700-level courses in chemical engineering. Of the remaining 9 credits, at least 3 credits must be in chemical engineering, pharmaceutical engineering, or chemistry. No more than 3 credits may be at the 500-level. 500-level courses offered in the department do not count towards degree requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering 2
 
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
This is a research-oriented degree intended primarily for full-time students. Although courses may be taken on a part-time basis, a minimum of one year of full-time residency is typically required for completion of the doctoral dissertation.

Admission Requirements: A master's degree in chemical engineering and a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, are usually required. All applicants must submit GRE scores. International students must also achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 213 (computer-based) or 550 (non-computer-based). Exceptional students with undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering may also apply directly for admission to the doctoral program. In addition to the GRE and TOEFL requirements mentioned above, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, is normally required. Students admitted to the program without a master's degree in chemical engineering must complete an additional 18 credits of course work as specified below. Admission of full-time doctoral students is on a competitive basis as the department admits only as many students as it can support through departmental and research-based funds.

Degree Requirements: To graduate, students must have an approved dissertation and attain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. In addition, students admitted to the program without a master's degree in chemical engineering must also attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the following four required courses: ChE 611, ChE 612, ChE 624 and ChE 626.

Course Work (24 credits): At least 24 credits of course work beyond the master's degree are required, of which at least 12 credits must be at the 700-level. For the required 700-level courses, at least 6 credits must be in chemical engineering or chemistry. No more than 6 credits may be in Independent Study (ChE 705 or Chem 705 ). No more than 3 credits in Independent Study may be taken with the same supervising faculty member. The supervising faculty member may never be the student's dissertation advisor. Students need always to get departmental approval for the courses they take for their degree requirements.

For students with a MS in Pharmaceutical Engineering from NJIT they are required to take four course from a list of six NJIT PhEn courses [PhEn 601, 603, 606, 612, 614 or 618) as equivalent ChE elective graduate courses. These students will be required to take an additional 12 credits of ChE core courses and 18 credits of equivalent courses which 12 credits must be at the 700 level.

ChE 790, Doctoral Dissertation (36 credits): A minimum of 36 credits of ChE 790 , Doctoral Dissertation are required. Students cannot register for ChE 790 before they have officially selected a dissertation advisor and passed the doctoral qualifying examination. Should the required 36 credits of ChE 790 be completed before submission of the final dissertation document, students must register for a minimum of 3 credits of ChE 790 each semester until the dissertation has been submitted and accepted.

Seminar and ChE 599: In addition to the minimum 60-degree credits specified above, students must register every semester for ChE 791, Graduate Seminar. Part-time students may request that this requirement be waived for some semesters. In addition, students who receive support through teaching and/or graduate assistantships must register for ChE 599, Methods for Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants, at least every other semester they receive such assistantships.

Additional Requirements for Students Admitted without a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering (18 credits):
In addition to the requirements specified above, students admitted to the program without a master's degree in chemical engineering must complete an additional 18 credits of course work as follows:

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  ChE 611Thermodynamics (3 credits)
  ChE 612Kinetics of Reactions and Reactor Design (3 credits)
  ChE 624Transport Phenomena I (3 credits)
  ChE 626Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering (3 credits)
6 credits from 600- or 700-level courses in chemical engineering, pharmaceutical engineering, or chemistry.

Selection of Dissertation Advisor: Students must select a dissertation topic and advisor within 6 months of joining the program. Before making a decision, students should discuss research topics with at least five faculty members of the department and get their signature on a form provided by the department. The signed form with the names of advisors selected must be returned to the department for further processing. Advisors are assigned based on student preferences and availability of funding. Change of advisor requires consent of the previous advisor and departmental approval. In cases where more than one advisor is directing the dissertation, the primary advisor must be on the departmental faculty.

Qualifying Examination: All students are expected to pass a qualifying examination that tests general competence in chemical engineering at the master's level. Students with a master's degree in chemical engineering must take the exam during the first year of their studies. Students admitted to the program without a master's degree in chemical engineering must take the exam within the first three semesters of their studies. All students must pass the exam within the first two years of their studies. Students are allowed only two attempts to pass the examination.

The doctoral qualifying examination is offered in January and June of every year. It is a 6-hour written examination. Students are expected to solve/answer 4 problems as follows: 1 problem in Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers, 1 problem in Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design, 1 problem in Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, and 1 problem in Transport Phenomena. There are two problems in each of the required areas and students have to select one problem from each area. All problems are weighed equally and are graded on the 0-10 scale. A grade of at least 28 out of 40 points (i.e., at least 70%) is required to pass the exam. A grade of 60%, or less is a failing grade. Students receiving grades higher than 60% but less than 70% (i.e.. more than 24 but less than 28 out of 40) may pass, fail, or conditionally pass the exam based on the decision of the department committee on Graduate Studies.

Students are notified about an upcoming exam at least three months in advance and asked to respond in writing if they intend to take the exam.

Information of Dissertation Committee: Within three months of passing the qualifying examination, doctoral students must form a dissertation committee. The department provides a special form. The signed form must be submitted for the approval of the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in Chemical Engineering. The committee must consist of the doctoral student's dissertation advisor, three additional faculty members from the department, and one member from outside the department (preferably outside the university). The committee may consist of more than five persons, subject to the approval of the Associate Chair. Once formed, the committee cannot change unless there is a written explanation and request from the doctoral student and/or his/her advisor. The Associate Chair for Graduate Studies handles such requests.

Research Proposal: Within six months of forming the dissertation committee (i.e., no more than nine months after passing the qualifying examination), doctoral students must make an oral presentation to their dissertation committee and other interested persons on the scope of their proposed research. The committee must formally approve the proposal within a maximum of three additional months. This ensures meeting the requirements that doctoral students must have an approved dissertation committee and an approved dissertation proposal within a year of passing the qualifying examination. The approved and signed proposal must be submitted to the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies so that it is kept in the student's file.

Dissertation Defense: An oral defense of the dissertation is required after submission of the final document to the dissertation committee for approval. Signatures of all members of the dissertation committee must be received for final approval to be granted. The oral defense is open to the university community and general public and must be announced early.

 


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