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Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

David Bagley, Department Head
4055 Engineering Building
Phone: (307) 766-2500, FAX: (307) 766-6777
Website: http://wwweng.uwyo.edu/chemical

Professors:

DAVID M. BAGLEY, B.S. Colorado School of Mines 1984; M.S. Cornell University 1989; Ph.D. 1993; Professor and Department Head, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering 2011, 2005.
H. GORDON HARRIS, B.S. University of Texas 1961; M.S. 1962; Ph.D. University of California 1968; Professor of Petroleum Engineering 1984.
NORMAN R. MORROW, B.Sc. University of Leeds, England 1959; Ph.D. 1962; Professor of Petroleum Engineering 1992.
MACIEJ RADOSZ, M.S. Krakow University of Technology 1972; Ph.D. 1977; Professor of Chemical Engineering 2000.
MRITYUNJAI P. SHARMA, B.Sc. B.I.T.T. in Dhanbad, India 1967; M.Tech. I.I.T. in Kampur, India 1970; Ph.D. Washington State University 1977; Professor of Petroleum Engineering 1992, 1982.
BRIAN F. TOWLER, B.E. University of Queensland 1972; Ph.D. 1978; Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2006, 1988; Department Head, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering 2004.

Associate Professors:

HERTANTO ADIDHARMA, B.Sc. Institute of Technology, Surabaya 1987; Ph.D. Louisiana State University 1999; Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering 2011, 2005.
VLADIMIR ALVARADO, B.Sc. Universidad Central de Venezuela 1987; M.S. Institut Francais du Pétrole 2002; Ph.D. University of Minnesota 1996; Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2012, 2006.
DAVID A. BELL, B.S. University of Washington 1976; M.S. Rice University 1979; Ph.D. Colorado State University 1992; Associate Professor Chemical Engineering 2000, 1993.
MAOHONG FAN, B.S. Wuhan University of Science and Engineering 1984; M.S. Beijing University of Science and Tech. 1992; Ph.D. Chinese Academy of Sciences 1997; Ph.D. Iowa State University 2000; Ph.D. Osaka University 2003; Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering 2008.
JOSEPH HOLLES, B.S. Iowa State University 1990; M.E. University of Virginia 1998; Ph.D. 2000; Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering 2010.
PATRICK JOHNSON, B.S. Lehigh University 1992; M.S. University of Virginia 1994; Ph.D. Columbia University 2004; Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering 2012, 2006.
MOHAMMAD PIRI, B.Sc. Azad University, Arak 1995; M.Sc. Azad University, Tehran 1998; M.Sc. Imperial College, London 2000; Ph.D. 2004; Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2011, 2005.

Assistant Professor:

LAMIA GOUAL, B.Sc. Ecole Nationale Polytechnique 1993; M.Sc. Imperial College London 1998; Ph.D. 2003; Assistant Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering 2007.
DONGMEI (KATIE) LI, B.S. Shandong University of Technology 1994; M.S. Tianjin University 1997; M.S. University of Colorado at Boulder 1999; Ph.D. 2003; Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering 2011.
JOHN OAKEY, B.S., The Pennsylvania State University 1997; M.S. Colorado School of Mines 1999; Ph.D. 2003; Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering 2010.
SHUNDE YIN, B.S. Shijiazhuang Railway University, China 1999; M.S. Chinese Academy of Sciences 2003; Ph.D. University of Waterloo 2008; Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2008.

Assistant Lecturer:

John Myers

Adjunct Professors:

John Ackerman, Morris Argyle, Jill Buckley, Katie Li, Geoffrey Mason, Youqing Shen, John Schabron, Koichi Takamura

Professor Emeriti:

Chang Yul Cha, Harry A. Deans, Jack Evers, Henry W. Haynes

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is one of the most versatile of the engineering programs. It prepares students for employment in many diverse fields, such as petroleum refining, production of pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, polymers and plastics, semiconductors, heavy industrial chemicals, and synthetic fuels. Chemical engineers also work in metallurgy, corrosion control, enhanced oil recovery, environmental engineering, and biological engineering. Undergraduate chemical engineering training has been found to be an excellent background for graduate work not only in engineering, but also in a number of other fields, including medicine, law, business, and the natural sciences.

The chemical engineering curriculum is based on a sound background in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology. The essentials of engineering are added to this foundation, including fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. In order to develop the individual's social consciousness and to broaden the student's educational background, an integrated program of study in the humanities and social sciences is included in the curriculum. Chemical engineering courses in multicomponent thermodynamics, transport phenomena, kinetics, process control and process design are concentrated in the junior and senior years. This program provides training for engineers to enter production, research, product and process development, process design, technical sales and engineering management positions. Training in chemical engineering equips the graduate to solve many of the problems facing society today: human health, energy shortages, synthetic fuels production, water and air pollution, toxic chemical control, and food production. Furthermore, our program prepares students interested in a career in medicine or the life sciences and is suitable for premed and pre-dental students.

The department offers a 18-credit-hour block of approved electives and encourages concentration in an area of interest. At least one of the elective courses must be CHE. Students can elect to concentrate in Biomaterials and Polymers, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, International Engineering, Math, and Petroleum Engineering for which elective courses are approved by the department. Finally, students can design their own self-directed 18-credit-hour block of electives to reflect individual interests.

Chemical Engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and, in addition, must have a GPA of 2.0 in Chemical Engineering courses attempted at UW that are applied toward graduation for the B.S. degree from the department.

Chemical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Three to six years after graduation, graduates who choose to practice in Chemical Engineering should:

  • Successfully practice the profession of Chemical Engineering;
  • Demonstrate successful career growth

Chemical Engineering Program Outcomes

During the course of study in Chemical Engineering, the student should develop:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sutainability;
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Chemical Engineering Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall Hours
ES 1000

1

MATH 2200

4

CHEM 1050

4

ES 1060 3
LIFE 1010

4

PEAC 1001 1
Total Hours

17

Freshman Year: Spring

Hours

US & Wyoming Constitutions

3

MATH 2205

4

CHEM 1060

4

PHYS 1210

4

ENGL 1010

3

Total Hours

18

Sophomore Year: Fall

Hours

MATH 2210

4

CHEM 2420

4

PHYS 1220

4

CHE 2005

3

Total Hours

15

Sophomore Year: Spring

Hours

CHE 2060

3

MATH 2310

3

CHEM 2440

4

ES 2310

3

ES 2330

3

Total Hours

16

Junior Year: Fall

Hours

CHE 3015

3

CHE 3025

3

CHEM 4507

3

Elective2

3

USP Cultural Context

3

Total Hours

15

Junior Year: Spring

Hours

CHE 3030

3

CHE 3070

3

CHE 4060

3

Elective2

3

Elective2

3

Total Hours

15

Senior Year: Fall

Hours

CHE 3040

3

CHE 4070

3

CHE 4090

3

USP Cultural Context

3

Elective2

3

Total Hours

15

Senior Year: Spring

Hours

CHE 4050

3

CHE 4080

5

Cultural Context

3

Elective2

3

Elective2

3

Total Hours

17

Notes:

1. The ES 2110/ES 2120 sequence can be substituted for PHYS 1210.

2. Six electives are required.  At least one elective must be an upper level CHE course.

Areas of Concentration

Biological Engineering: MOLB 2021 General Microbiology (4), CHE 4100 Biochemical Engineering (3), CHE 4160 Biomedical Engineering (3) + approved electives.

Biological Engineering Pre-medicine Sequence (satisfies pre-med requirements): MOLB 2021 General Microbiology (4), MOLB 3610 (4); [Alternative: [MOLB 4600 (3) and MOLB 4610 (3)], LIFE 3050 Genetics (4), LIFE 3600 Cell Biology (3) + CHE 4160 Biomedical Engineering (3).  Students should contact the Preprofessional Advising Office for pre-med and pre-dental advising.

Concurrent Chemistry Major (Plan-1BS): CHEM 4000 Seminar (1) + CHEM 4110 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry (3) + CHEM 4100 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (2) + CHEM 4508 Physical Chemistry II (3) + CHEM 4530 Physical Chemistry Lab (1) + CHEM 4930 Undergraduate Research (2) +  3 credits of upper-division Chemistry electives. If the Advisor and Chemistry Department's Undergraduate Studies Committee approve a research plan, CHE 3900 (Undergraduate Research) can substitute for CHEM 4930.

Environmental: MOLB 2021 General Microbiology (4) + CE 3400 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3) + CHE 4110 Air Pollution for Chemical Engineers (3) + CHE 4100 Biochemical Engineering (3) or approved elective.

International: 15 hours of foreign language and a semester abroad, which satisfies 9 hrs of cultural context (CA, CH, CS, D, G). Hence 15 - 9 = 6 hrs are available for electives. 

Math: Math Minor: MATH 2250 Elementary Linear Algebra (3) + MATH 2800 Math Seminar (2) or MATH 2850 Putnam Seminar (2) + programming class (for example, COSC 1010 or COSC 1030) + two MATH 3000-plus electives (for example, Math 3310 and CHE 5140/MATH 5310).

Petroleum Engineering: PETE 2050 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (3), PETE 3200 Reservoir Mechanics (3), PETE  4060 Flow through Porous Media (3), GEOL 4190 Petroleum Geology (3) or approved elective.

Self-directed: Individual Elective plan approved by advisor.

Concentration definitions may change to reflect the most recent class offerings. Please consult with your adviser.

Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering trains students for Wyoming's largest industries, the production of crude oil and gas. With the recognition of the state's and nation's vast reserves of natural gas, the curriculum emphasizes the production and processing of this important resource. Because of American predominance in petroleum technology, career opportunities are available throughout most of the world.

The curriculum in petroleum engineering is based upon sound preparation in fundamental sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and geology. The essentials of engineering are added to this foundation: computer programming, statics, dynamics, materials science, hydraulics, and thermodynamics. To aid in developing individuals' social potential and broaden their educational background, an integrated program in humanities and social sciences is included in the curriculum. Petroleum engineering courses, which are primarily concerned with application of previously acquired knowledge to problems of the oil and gas industry, are concentrated in the junior and senior years.

Petroleum Engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and, in addition, must have a GPA of 2.0 in Petroleum Engineering courses attempted at UW that are applied toward graduation for the B.S. degree from the department. For approved electives, students must have prior approval of their adviser and department head. Courses must be chosen from a list provided by the department.

Petroleum Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Three to six years after graduation, graduates who choose to practice in Petroleum Engineering should:

  • Successfully practice the profession of Petroleum Engineering;
  • Demonstrate successful career growth

Petroleum Engineering Program Outcomes

During the course of study in Petroleum Engineering, the student should develop:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and stainability;
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Petroleum Engineering Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall

Hours

ES 1000

1

ES 1060

3

CHEM 1020

4

GEOL 1100

4

MATH 2200

4

Total Hours

16

Freshman Year: Spring

Hours

POLS 1000

3

CHEM 1030

4

ES 2110

3

MATH 2205

4

ENGL 1010

3

Total Hours

17

Sophomore Year: Fall

Hours

PHYS 1220

4

MATH 2210

4

ES 2410

3

ES 2120

3

PETE 2050

3

Total Hours

17

Sophomore Year: Spring

Hours

MATH 2310

3

ES 2310

3

ES 2330

3

CHEM 2300

4

USP Cultural Context

3

Total Hours

16

Junior Year: Fall

Hours

PETE 2060

3

PETE 3100

2

PETE 3255

3

USP Cultural Context

3

PEAC 1001

1

PETE Elective

3

Total Hours

15

Junior Year: Spring

Hours

PETE 3200

3

PETE 3265

2

PETE 3725

3

PETE 3715

3

PETE 4320

3

Total Hours

14

Senior Year: Fall

Hours

PETE 3015

3

PETE 4720

3

PETE 4220

2

PETE 4340

3

Approved Elective

3

USP Cultural Context

3

Total Hours

17

Senior Year: Spring

Hours

PETE 4730

4

GEOL 4190

3

Approved Elective

3

Approved Elective

3

Approved Elective

3

Total Hours

16

Graduate Study

The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering and in petroleum engineering. The M.S. degree is offered under Plan A and Plan B. In addition, an environmental engineering program, run jointly by the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, offers graduate programs leading to an M.S. in environmental engineering under either Plan A or Plan B.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

A. Admission Process and Requirements

Standard Admission

Admission is open to students with at least a bachelor's degree who meet the minimum requirements:

1. A GPA of 3.0 (A = 4), or equivalent;
2. A GRE score of 305 (combined verbal and quantitative sections)*
3. For international applicants who did not attend an English-speaking program in an English-speaking country for all years of their highest degree:
A TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet based) or an IELTS score of 6.0.
*GRE requirement may be waived if the applicant has already obtained an MS degree, subject to approval by the Graduate Committee.

Complete official transcripts of all prior college-level coursework and recommendations from three references must be submitted as parts of the application.

The deadline to submit application credentials is February 1 (to be considered for Fall semester), and October 1 (to be considered for Spring semester).

The application will not be processed until all the necessary documents have been submitted.

B. Graduate Study Guidelines

All incoming Ph.D. and M.S. Plan A students who have not been assigned to an advisor are required to meet with all the faculty members (and obtain their signatures) in their program to get information regarding their research projects and evaluate the possibility of joining one of the research groups.

All incoming M.S. Plan B students must have an adviser. The student is responsible for contacting faculty members in order to find an adviser.

All Chemical Engineering graduate students must take the following Chemical Engineering Core courses:

1. Thermodynamics (CHE 5020)
2. Transport Phenomena (CHE 5010)
3. Reaction Kinetics (CHE 5030)
4. Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering (CHE 5355)

Credit Hours
Total (from above)

12

A graduate level course in mathematics, statistics, or computing

3

CHE/PETE 5960 Thesis Research

4

Electives

11

Total

30

All Petroleum Engineering graduate students must take at least four out of the following Petroleum Engineering Core courses:

1. Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering (PETE 5355)
2. Thermodynamics (PETE 5020)
3. Transport Phenomenon (PETE 5010)
4. Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery (PETE 5310)
5. Flow Thru Porous Media (PETE 5060)
6. Reservoir Simulation (PETE 5300)

Credit Hours
Total (from above) 12
A graduate level course in mathematics, statistics, geology, or computing 3
CHE/PETE 5960 Thesis Research 4
Electives 11
Total 30

Plan B (non-thesis)

The coursework requirements are the same as the M.S. Plan A requirements except that Thesis Research (CHE, PETE 5960) is not required. Plan B students take an additional 4 hours of elective course credits (total of 30 hours required).

M.S. Plan B students must write a paper on a topic assigned by the adviser. This paper must be submitted to the student's graduate committee for approval.

Doctoral Program

Credit Hours
M.S. Plan A list (except CHE, PETE 5960); petitions allowed 26
Dissertation Research (CHE or PETE 5980) 30
Electives (no internship 5990) 16
Total 72

 

M.S. and Ph.D. Seminar Requirements

All chemical and petroleum engineering graduate students must enroll in CHE/PETE 5890, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Seminar, every semester. All seminars, including the required presentations described below, must be scheduled by the seminar coordinator. Registered off-campus graduate students can be exempt from having to enroll in CHE/PETE 5890.

Ph.D. Preliminary Examination

All Ph.D. students must pass a preliminary examination no later than the end of the student’s fifth full semester in the graduate program and a least 15 weeks prior to the dissertation defense. Prior to attempting the Ph.D. preliminary examination, students must have completed all required core classes no later than the end of their fourth semester in the graduate program. Students must file a program of study prior to attempting the preliminary examination.

The goal of the preliminary exam is for the student to demonstrate his or her research progress to-date and present the research proposition that will be investigated and lead to his or her final dissertation. The preliminary exam consists of three components: a written document provided to each member of the student’s graduate committee at least one week prior to the oral presentation; a public oral presentation; and a private examination by the student’s graduate committee immediately following the oral presentation.

The written document may be in any format but must concisely provide a survey of the relevant literature, a summary of the student’s progress to-date, and a clear, detailed plan for the successful completion of the proposed work. The preliminary exam oral presentation should be consistent with the written document. It should provide an appropriate literature background, demonstrate proficiency with proposed experimental/computational techniques, identify details of the experiments to be performed, and provide a timeline to final defense.
The student’s committee will pass or fail the student on the strength of the preliminary examination, with and option to conditionally pass the student while requiring an interim committee meeting prior to the final Ph.D. examination. A form sent by the student’s adviser to the Office of the Registrar reports the results of the examination.

M.S. Thesis or Ph.D. Final Examination (Dissertation Defense)

All M.S. Plan A and Ph.D. students must orally defend their thesis or dissertation at a public final examination. If, for any reason, a student’s Ph.D. research goals are substantially changed after successful completion of the preliminary examination, the student must arrange a subsequent meeting to provide their committee with an accurate and current overview of their proposed work. The final examination consists of a public thesis defense in oral presentation format. At least two weeks before the examination, the student must provide cach member of the graduate committee with a copy of the written thesis of Ph.D. dissertation and provide the department and announcement of their defense for advertisement by bulletin board, e-mail, or other means. The results of the examination are reported on the Completion of Requirements form. Often, graduate committee members request changes in the thesis or dissertation, and they may postpone signing the form until they are satisfied that those changes have been made.

Publication of Thesis or Dissertation

After the defense, an electronic copy (in PDF format) of the thesis or dissertation must be uploaded in accordance with the directions provided on the Graduate Student Resources web site. This copy will be rejected if the format standards specified by the Thesis and Dissertation Format Guide are not met. This guide allows for a publication-ready format. If required by the department and/or committee, additional printed copies should be delivered to the University Store for binding. A bound copy must be submitted to the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering for the departmental library. Most students will want one or more copies for their own use. Students should consult with the adviser to determine if the adviser wants a copy of the thesis, dissertation, or other research documentation. 

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