A Message from the Program Chair of Chemical Engineering
Welcome to the Chemical Engineering’s website. Our program has embraced a period of considerable change after merging the departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering & Science, and now becoming an integral part of the newly established School of Energy, Environmental, Biological and Medical Engineering. These changes expanded our discipline and solidified an interdisciplinary approach to research, teaching and scholarly activities.
We strive to position ourselves at the forefront of scientific excellence and technological innovation through modern education and prominent research investigations. The faculty reflects a collection of professionals committed to specialized and critical areas in engineering and a teaching methodology geared towards the individual needs of our students. New faculty members are recruited to join our state-of-the-art facilities and further their scientific enquiries meanwhile transmitting accumulated knowledge to the undergraduate and graduate student body.
Our undergraduate program nurtures and challenges our students. The learning environment is inspired by the UC|21 plan that places students first. With a relatively low student to faculty ratio, the learning process is carried out with maximum student-teacher interaction. Our curricula have recently been expanded to incorporate a broader spectrum of courses in essential areas such as Life Sciences, Bioengineering, Advanced Materials, Separations, Environment and Energy. Students may enhance their learning experience by selecting but not limiting themselves to any of these new course additions. Being recognized for creating the mandatory cooperative education (COOP), the institution remains committed to its tradition of providing our undergraduates with early exposure work experience. Through COOP, all students experience integrating classroom learning with industrial work. Our undergraduate students acquire an unmatched foundation in practical and theoretical engineering principles in preparation to embark upon some of the most challenging needs of the modern industrial world. Students wishing to may opt for the ACCEND program. This program offers an attractive option of attaining a bachelor in Chemical Engineering while simultaneously acquiring a MS degree in selected areas including MBA within the same time frame. Those students demonstrating academic excellence are eligible for lucrative scholarships that reward outstanding performance. Numerous opportunities are available for Women in Engineering through the ROWE Center, and for minority students.
The graduate study in Chemical Engineering department is a well developed highly funded training program with over 50 graduate students and over $3.5 million per year funding. Our students are trained by faculty who have committed themselves to teaching and are recognized at national and international level with awards for excellence in teaching and research. The department offers some of the most sought after research areas in Membranes & Separation Technology, Emerging Energy Systems, Environmental Science & Technology, Biomaterials & Processes, and Nano Scale Functional Materials. Moreover, our graduate students are encouraged to pursue independent research projects allowing them to cultivate intellectual growth and develop individual strengths. The graduate student education is comprehensive and integrated. It equips our students with the skills necessary to pursue a rewarding future in the industrial and academic environment.
The mission of the Chemical Engineering at UC is to support our community based upon collaboration, respect of differences, and outstanding teaching and research that would facilitate academic excellence. Our students graduate with an enriched learning experience, one that fosters curiosity, develops occupational skills, enhances personal growth and inspires to lead.
We encourage you to take a closer look at our programs as you prepare yourself for an exciting career in engineering. To learn more about our programs contact Panagiotis (Peter) Smirniotis Ph.D. at (513) 556-1474 or email at Panagiotis.Smirniotis@uc.edu.