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Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Program Description

Degree candidates are expected to pursue study and research that will give them a deeper comprehension of the basic and applied sciences and will develop initiative, originality, and creative ability. The thesis or dissertation may involve either research or special projects in such subjects as design, economics, or mathematical analysis. There is no language requirement for students majoring in chemical engineering.

Contact Information

Website: http://www.cheme.cornell.edu
Email: dgs@cbe.cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-4550

214 Olin Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • advanced materials processing
  • applied math and computational methods
  • biochemical engineering
  • chemical reaction engineering
  • classical and statistical thermodynamics
  • fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology
  • heat and mass transfer
  • kinetics and catalysis
  • polymers
  • surface science

Tuition

2015-2016 $29,500

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: Jan. 3 (with financial aid) or March 1 (with no financial aid); no Spring admission;

Requirements Summary:

Most applicants have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of the fundamental work required by an accredited curriculum in chemical engineering. Outstanding students with undergraduate majors in chemistry, materials science, microbiology, or physics are also encouraged to apply. For such students extra semester or summer term of residence is normally required. All applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations required, three preferred
  • GRE general test

Assessment

Chemical Engineering Learning Outcomes and Assessment Methods


Core Learning Outcomes
1. Mastery and application of chemical engineering knowledge
2. Problem formulation, analysis, solution and presentation of results
3. Communication of knowledge, including analysis and design
4. Self-­directed learning and professional development


Potential General Assessment Tools
1. Student exit surveys
2. Evaluations and grades from project advisors
3. Grades for chemical engineering coursework
4. Job placement statistics
5. Recruiter feedback
6. Alumni feedback
7. Annual program review by the chemical engineering department’s Advisory Council
8. Annual review by faculty at the chemical engineering facultyretreat


Learning Outcome 1: Mastery and application of chemical engineering knowledge
Description:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the core subjects in chemical engineering and the ability to apply core subjects to technologicalapplications.

Assessment:
   • Student exit surveys
   • Coursework grades
   • Job placement statistics
   • Recruiter feedback
   • Outside experts’ feedback (visiting instructors, lecturers, consultants)
   • Alumni feedback


Learning Outcome 2: Problem formulation, analysis, solution and presentation of results
Description:
Students will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate chemical engineering techniques, tools and methods to solve engineering problems in the context of courses and independent projects. They will be able to apply those tools to the formulation, analysis and solution of broadly definedproblems. They will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate results.

Assessment:
   • Evaluations from project advisors
   • Recruiter feedback
   • Student self-­]evaluation of learning outcomes from project work


Learning Outcome 3: Communication of knowledge
Description:
Students will demonstrate the ability to describe effectively the formulation, analysis and solution of specific problems in chemical engineering. They will be able to explain the technological importance of the problems and the results theyobtained.

Assessment:
   • Evaluations from project advisors
   • Recruiter feedback


Learning Outcome 4: Self-­]directed learning and professional development
Description:
Students will demonstrate the ability to assimilate information from multiple sources to solve original engineering problems of technological importance. They will demonstrate the ability to work with fellow students in individual and team environments. The will acquire an awareness of professional roles in chemical engineering practice. They will recognize that involvement in the chemical engineering profession involves a commitment to life-­long learning and continuing development of skills and abilities.

Assessment:
   • Student exit surveys
   • Job placement statistics
   • Alumni feedback


Feedback into Program Improvement
The results of the assessment analysis will be used to modify current curriculum and programs and to create new activities, courses, and projects. When areas for potential improvements are identified based on the assessments listed above, the faculty who teach Master of Engineering students and advise Master of Engineering projects will advise the chemical engineering faculty as to lessons, assignments, and activities that should be improved. The results of improvement efforts will be reviewed by the entire faculty periodically throughout each academic year and at the department’s annual faculty retreat.