Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering with Specialization in Energy/Environment/Economics (E3)

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Students interested in the Ph.D. program in chemical engineering are required to take at least 72 credit hours beyond the B.S. degree requirements, including required chemical engineering core courses for the Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, CHE 543, and at least five E3 courses (from Groups A and/or B). Registration for approximately 24 credit hours of Ph.D. thesis research in E3 areas of study is also required. Candidates must pass written qualifying and comprehensive examinations and must defend their thesis in an oral examination. The Ph.D. committee for E3 students must include at least one professor with specialization in an energy and sustainability area from outside the student’s department. The students are also encouraged to register or attend the interdisciplinary graduate seminar (CHE 593) or general seminars offered in energy and/or sustainability areas by the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER).


Core Courses (33)
CHE 525Chemical Reaction Engineering3
CHE 530Advanced Process Control3
or CHE 536 Computational Techniques Engg
CHE 535Applctn Math Cheml Engrg3
CHE 551Advanced Tnsport Phenomena3
CHE 553Advanced Thermodynamics3
CHE 543Energy Envir Economics3
Select five E3 courses from Groups A and/or B15
Ph.D. Research (24)
Register for 24 hours of Ph.D. thesis research in E3 areas of study24

Minimum degree credits required: 72


E3 Courses

See descriptions under the respective department’s course listings.

Group A

CHE 503Thermodynamics3
CHE 536Computational Techniques in Engineering3
CHE 541Renewable Energy Technologies3
CHE 542Fluidization and Gas-Solids Flow Systems3
CHE 565Fundamentals of Electrochemistry3
ECE 550Power Electronic Dynamics and Control3
ECE 551Advanced Power Electronics3
ECE 552Adjustable Speed Drives3
ECE 553Power System Planning3
ECE 554Power System Relaying3
ECE 555Power Market Operations3
ECE 557Fault-Tolerant Power Systems3
ECE 558Power System Reliability3
ECE 559High Voltage Power Transmission3
ECE 560Power Systems Dynamics and Stability3
ECE 561Deregulated Power Systems3
ECE 562Power System Transaction Management3
ECE 563Computational Intelligence in Engineering3
ECE 564Control and Operation of Electric Power Systems3
MMAE 517Computational Fluid Dynamics3
MMAE 520Advanced Thermodynamics3
MMAE 522Nuclear, Fossil-Fuel, and Sustainable Energy Systems3
MMAE 523Fundamentals of Power Generation3
MMAE 524Fundamentals of Combustion3
MMAE 525Fundamentals of Heat Transfer3
MMAE 526Conduction and Diffusion3
MMAE 527Heat Transfer: Convection and Radiation3

Group B

CHE 541Renewable Energy Technologies3
CHE 560Statistical Quality and Process Control3
ENVE 501Environmental Chemistry3
ENVE 506Chemodynamics3
ENVE 542Physiochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering3
ENVE 551Industrial Waste Treatment3
ENVE 561Design of Environmental Engineering Processes3
ENVE 570Air Pollution Meteorology3
ENVE 577Design of Air Pollution Control Devices3
ENVE 578Physical and Chemical Processes for Industrial Gas Cleaning3
ENVE 580Hazardous Waste Engineering3