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1. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Brian Endres Undergraduate Academic Advisor

3. A Chemical Engineer can… … reorganize the structure of molecules and to design chemical processes through which chemicals, petroleum, foods, and pharmaceuticals can undergo … build and operate industrial plants where raw materials are chemically altered … keep the environment safe from potential pollution and hazardous waste

4. What does “biomolecular” have to do with it? Not a new trend – pharmaceutical companies hire large numbers of chemical engineers to deal with bioprocessing, fermentation, bioseparations, and general process engineering Recent breakthroughs in biology are expected to yield more opportunities for chemical engineers to contribute to pharmaceutical process development, drug discovery, the design and control of bioprocesses, and the general application of chemical engineering principles to biosystems

5. Industries…

6. Departmental Research includes… Polymer Science Blood-Material Interactions Fuel Cell Processing Catalysis Microfluidics Nanocomposites Biocompatible Polymers Clean Coal Processing

7. And… Molecular Self-Assembly Bioinformatics Cell and Tissue Engineering Neural Prosthetics Aerosol Science Image Processing and Analysis Process Systems Engineering Sustainable Engineering

8. “Just one word – PLASTICS”(says Mr. McGuire in The Graduate 1967): Mass production of synthetic polymers nylon, polyester, polyethylene, polystyrene, polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon®), polycarbonate (Lexan®), ……. Nearly all aspects of our life are now impacted by plastics. Petrochemicals: Development of processes to produce industrial chemicals and consumer products. Examples: petroleum processing to produce gasoline, heating oils, lubricating oils, etc. Achievements of the Field

9. Achievements of the Field Food Science & Technology Development of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, pesticides to improve agriculture productivity Application of chemical engineering in food processing; advances in biotechnology to increase world-wide food production. The Environment: Devising economical ways to clean up waste and new chemical technology to produce today’s products. Examples: catalytic converters in cars, removal of NOx in plant emissions, etc…

10. Some companies who hire…

11. Average Starting Salaries

12. Overall…

13. Department By The Numbers Department Population Majors: ~ 460 Premajors: ~200 Avg. Graduating Class: ~75 Female: ~25% ~$150K in departmental scholarships given yearly 18 full time faculty, 2 emeritus

14. Course Work Year 1: Math, General Chemistry, Introductory Engineering Courses Year 2: Physics, Organic Chemistry, Mass, Energy & Momentum Balance Courses and more Math Year 3: Physical Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Heat & Mass Transport, Kinetics and Unit Operations Year 4: Design Sequence & Process Control and Technical Electives

15. Technical Electives Department Course Examples: Principles of Sustainable Engineering Biotechnology & Bioprocess Engineering Catalysis in Fuel Cell Applications Intro to Nanobiotechnology Experimental Design Upper level Biology coursework Coursework in Nuclear Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Science, Math, etc…

16. Common Minors Biomedical Engineering Environmental Engineering Nuclear Engineering Life Sciences Entrepreneurship General Business Languages

17. Undergraduate Research Work with faculty and graduate students; publish in technical journals, present work at national conferences, etc… Participate in the summer REU; present at Denman; prepare for graduate school; earn technical elective credit For more information on how to get involved and see projects for undergraduates, go to:

18. 2007 Denman Projects… Insulin Particle Formation for Pulmonary Delivery (LAURA ENSIGN) Assessment of the Drinking Water System and Water Quality at Montana De Luz and Nuevo Esparanza in Honduras (Theresa Vonder Haar) Cell Damage Due to Shear Stress in Bioreactors (ARUP MALLIK) ASPEN Simulation of Chemical Looping Process; Production of Hydrogen from Coal (HYUNG KIM) Hydroxyl Radical Production in Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Reserve (ERIKA HOUTZ)

19. For more information… Watch “Unwrapped” on the Food Network or “How It’s Made” on the Discovery Channel weeknights at 730 PM Check out the ChBE webpage for information on pre-health professions and research in alternative energies and to view video on the first year nanotechnology design project:

20. Interested? Brian Endres and Holly Prouty office: 314a Koffolt Lab mailbox: 125a Koffolt Lab [email protected] or [email protected]

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