Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences


Zeljko “Z” Torbica
Dean and Professor
Fax: 304.442.1006

Paul O. Steranka, Jr.
Associate Dean and Professor
Fax: 304.442.1006

Accredited ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

Chemical Engineering

The primary goal of the program is to prepare our graduates for professional employment in the chemical, materials processing, and related industries. This would include positions in manufacturing, process design, environmental affairs, technical service, and technical sales. Our graduates will be prepared to progress into positions having substantial professional responsibilities. These responsibilities may include management and supervisory duties, significant contributions on projects having value to the employer, and entrepreneurial activity. Our graduates will also be prepared to continue with advanced study. This may include graduate work in engineering, business, and the sciences, as well as the study of medicine or law. In order to achieve the educational objectives, the academic program will produce the following outcomes. Our graduates will demonstrate:

  1. the ability to use the principles of chemistry, physics, and mathematics in the solution of engineering problems
  2. the ability to use engineering science – conservation relations, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and kinetics – in the solution of engineering problems
  3. the ability to design materials processing equipment and manufacturing systems which meet economic, quality, safety, and environmental requirements
  4. the ability to use their creativity and synthesis skills in the solution of open-ended problems
  5. the ability to devise experiments to collect data, using principles of experimental design; the ability to evaluate data, using appropriate statistical tools; and the ability to draw sound conclusions from the data analysis
  6. the ability to use computing tools-mathematical analysis, information retrieval, document preparation and communications
  7. knowledge and application of good safety practices in both laboratory and design work
  8. knowledge and practice of good environmental stewardship in both laboratory and design work
  9. the ability to effectively communicate ideas, plans, and research in verbal and written form
  10. the ability to gain new knowledge and/or enhance their skills through independent learning
  11. the ability to work effectively as an individual and as a member of a team
  12. knowledge of ethical and professional codes of conduct, including an appreciation for the impact that politics, culture, and current events have on the practice of engineering
  13. knowledge of selected areas of the humanities and social sciences

These outcomes are achieved through rigorous courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, and the humanities and social sciences. Electives in other engineering, scientific and business disciplines are required, enabling graduates from this program to work effectively with professionals having a different area of expertise. Elective sequences have been designed for students interested in life sciences, environmental protection, and management.