This seminar series is a 1-credit class, open to graduate students in the BTP program. Other students will be allowed to join as space allows any given year. Students enrolled in the seminar series are expected to attend 16 total seminars, with reporting on those attended, to receive 1 credit. Seminars span several departments and are chosen each year by the BTP executive committee for their relevance to topics in biotechnology.
The study of the principles of thermodynamics, including the First and Second Laws, entropy, thermodynamic properties of single component materials, engines, refrigeration, and power cycles.
- Teacher: Wei Fan
Chemical kinetics for homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions. Energy and mass balance for homogenous ideal reactors. Temperature and energy effects in reactors. Heterogeneous catalytic reactions and reactor design. Review of pertinent differential equations. Prerequisites: CHEM-ENG 120, 226, 231, 325, MATH 233, and 331. Corequisites: CHEM-ENG 330
- Teacher: Zhu Chen
An introduction to the theory and application of momentum transport in fluids. The basic theoretical equation, e.g., Navier Stokes equations and Boundary Layer analysis developed and used to flow problems, with applications to laminar and turbulent flow in the design of piping and other chemical equipment.
In addition to technical aptitude, chemical engineers are expected to manage small and large teams and projects for both technical and economic success in companies across diverse industries. This course introduces students to the business of chemical engineering through modules focused on 1) chemical engineering industries, economics & market analysis, 2) business models, financial basics & fundamentals, 3) intellectual property & ethics, and 4) current events & issues in chemical engineering. The class will delve into these topics through be a combination of lecture, case studies, projects and team-based learning activities. It is suitable for chemical engineering undergraduates who have successfully completed CHEM-ENG 120 and have an interest in learning valuable business skills in the context of chemical engineering.
- Teacher: Peter Beltramo
Methods of linear analysis for typical chemical engineering systems. Review of linear algebra and eigen problems. Linear initial-value problems, phase-plane analysis of selected nonlinear systems and some restrictions, elementary numerical methods for initial value problems. Boundary-value problems and eigenfunction expansions for Sturm-Liouville systems, special functions and applications, elementary numerical methods for bound value pde's. Linear partial differential equations by separation of variables, transform methods and methods of characteristics, elementary numerical methods. Introduction to regular and singular perturbation methods, implications of scaling and stiffness.
- Teacher: Dimitrios Maroudas
Systematic procedure for the design of chemical processes. Open-ended problems, economic decision making, and profitability analysis. Invention of flow sheets for continuous production of chemicals in fluid phases; emphasis on procedures for rapid estimates of material and energy balances, the use of heuristics to estimate equipment sizes and costs, using initial cost estimates to revise and improve the design, sensitivity, and alternatives.
- Teacher: Omar Abdelrahman
This course is intended to be an introduction to many core Chemical Engineering principles, within the context of mammalian cell biology and human physiology. We will cover biological topics of cell division, DNA, receptor-ligand binding, matrix protein assembly, tissue engineering, and cell motility, using a quantitative engineering perspective. Within this biological framework, students will learn the basic principles of mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, kinetics, and transport. (Gen.Ed. BS)
- Teacher: Ashish Kulkarni