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Chemical Engineering

The chemical engineering department offers basic knowledge in chemical engineering subjects that will allow the students to understand and apply the principles of mathematical, physical, and life sciences in combination with the principles of engineering, economics, and social sciences to design and develop ways for the optimum use of the natural resources following the principles of sustainable development to preserve nature for future generations.

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The chemical engineering department offers fundamental knowledge in chemical engineering subjects. This will allow the students to understand and apply the principles of mathematical, physical, and life sciences in combination with the principles of engineering, economics, and social sciences to design and develop ways for the optimum use of the natural resources. In this way, the chemical engineer can create goods, products and services for the benefit of humankind, following ethical principles for a sustainable development in order to preserve nature for future generations.

Fundamental studies in physics and mathematics, and a major emphasis on chemistry, are combined with essential courses in chemical engineering and other engineering related areas to develop students’ capabilities to analyze and solve a multiplicity of modern day problems, all together with the synthesis and invention of new methods for the use of materials in production processes. Courses are offered in key areas such as mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, together with kinetics and catalysis, process design, automatic control, and numerical analysis applied to chemical engineering. In addition, the program offers elective courses in environmental engineering, biochemical technology, polymers technology, nanotechnology, and pharmaceutical operations, among others, to address job market opportunities.

Prospective Students

Career Description

In today’s industries, Chemical Engineers can be found almost everywhere. They are involved with planning, designing, constructing, and operating manufacturing processes in a variety of industries. These industries range from the pharmaceutical, petrochemical and agricultural industries to biotechnology, nanotechnology, and advanced materials to even finance, food, electronics, and consumer products. Growing public awareness of the problems of energy and environmental pollution also provides opportunities for chemical engineers in these areas. The B.S. program in chemical engineering prepares graduates for professional careers in industry, government, private laboratories, in engineering design and construction companies, and also for graduate programs.

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Employment Opportunities

As a Chemical Engineer, you will be able to work in different industries, such as pharmaceutical, textile, petrochemical, food, biotechnology and environmental agencies, among others.

Scholarships

Honor Program

Internships

The Chemical Engineering Department encourages their students to participate in summer internships experiences sponsored by federal and private organizations as well as other universities. Students have the opportunity to conduct research with the guidance of a coach of the sponsor institution. These internships usually take place in the United States; however, there are many opportunities in Puerto Rico as well. If you want to get a summer research internship, you should begin to look for them early in October. Usually, universities, federal organisms, and other institutions begin to post their internship opportunities in October and November and the application deadlines are in January or February, some of them have deadlines at the end of December, so it is very useful to be alert. Nevertheless, there are still some institutions that have their application deadlines in March or April, but they are only a few. Following, there are some links where you can find interesting summer internship opportunities.
http://www.qem.org/internship.htm#NSF
http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli
http://nreip.asee.org/
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Current Students

Student Chapters

The student chapters that officially represent the Chemical Engineering students at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico are the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Chapter and the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIQ) of Puerto Rico Student Chapter. Both chapters work together pursuing the same goals, which are:

1. Promoting the professional and personal development of its members through programs and relationships with other student chapters and the parent professional associations AIChE and IIQ

2. Contributing to the development and success of the Chemical Engineering Program through activities that involve the faculty and student members matrix

AIChE & IIQ Student Chapters’ mission is to collaborate to satisfy educational needs of PUPR Chemical Engineering students through seminars, professional activities with experienced engineers from CIAPR (Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico), technical visits, employment aware, and internship and scholarship opportunities, and simultaneously to develop their leadership and team work skills through social and community service activities.

Becoming a member of the student chapters will give you the opportunity to develop yourself to achieve a learning, personal and professional improvement. You will be able to start networking with professionals from the Institute of Chemical Engineers of the CIAPR. You may obtain many other benefits such as access to e-learning courses, discount access to webinars and conference presentations, registration discounts to the AIChE Spring and Annual Meetings, access to the AIChE eLibrary, among others.

The members of the AIChE and IIQ Student Chapters are constantly organizing social activities with the purpose of sharing among students, faculty, and professionals. They are also deeply involved in academic activities such as workshops and conferences to learn more about the profession, and in beneficial activities to serve their community. Among the activities the student chapters organize every year, these are the typical ones:

  • Activities with the IIQ-CIAPR; educational ones, like conferences and seminars, and social ones, like the Bowling Tournament, among others
  • Activities with the AIChE, such as participation in regional and national competitions and conferences
  • Workshops, such as MathCad, SketchUp, Excel, P&IDs, and Professional Practice, among others
  • Technical visits to different industries in Puerto Rico
  • School visits to make high school students aware of the usefulness of engineering
  • Social activities like Bowling Night, Beach Volleyball Tournament, Salsa Dance lessons, Ice-Cream Night, among others
  • Community service activities such as beach cleanup, feeding the homeless and other special ones

 

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Mentoring

TORO RODRÍGUEZ, FLORABEL, Esq., PE – Associate Professor; Juris Doctor, University of Puerto Rico, 2006, M.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1997; B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1984.

E-mail address: ftoro@pupr.edu
Phone: (787) 622-8000 X-362
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Mentoring

Chemical Engineering Senior Design Projects are performed in the courses Chemical Engineering Capstone Course I and II. These are probably the most important courses of the program. In these courses, the students apply the engineering concepts learned through their years in their undergraduate studies of the Baccalaureate of Chemical Engineering. They work in teams to complete a design project which correlates all the major areas of their corresponding academic program.

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Current Students

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Program Educational Objectives

A few years after graduation, Chemical Engineering Program Graduates are expected to:

1. Work effectively in the chemical engineering career by providing the services required in accordance to the standards and ethics of the profession

2. Become professional leaders committed to the solution of community and social problems by formulating solutions that are technically sound, economically feasible and sustainable

3. Perform as responsible team members in projects that may involve multidisciplinary activities, communicating effectively in both, Spanish and English

4. Improve their professional knowledge through lifelong learning

Freshman (1st Year)

First Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
MATH 1350 Calculus I 4 Online
SCIE 1214 General Chemistry I 4 Online
SCIE 1215 General Chemistry I Lab 0 Online
SPAN 2010 Linguistic Analysis of Literary Genres 3 Online
ENG 1010 The Study of the Essay as a Literary Genre 3 Online

 

Second Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
MATH 1360 Calculus II 4 Online
SCIE 1430 Physics I (Mechanics) 4 Online
SCIE 1431 Physics I Laboratory 1 Online
SCIE 1220 General Chemistry II 4 Online
SCIE 1221 General Chemistry II Lab 0 Online

Third Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
MATH 1370 Calculus III 4 Online
SCIE 1230 Organic Chemistry 4 Online
SCIE 1231 Organic Chemistry Lab 0 Online
SCIE 1440 Physics II 4 Online
SCIE 1441 Physics II Lab 1 Online

 

Sophomore (2nd Year)

First Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
SPAN 2020 Business Spanish 3 Online
CHE 2010 Introduction to Chemical Eng. 3 On-Campus
SCIE 2204 Analytical Chemistry 4 On-Campus
SCIE 2205 Analytical Chemistry Lab 0 On-Campus
ENGI 2270 Engineering Probability and Statistics 3 Online

On-Campus = You may need to attend your classes in-person or through a combination of online and on-campus sessions.

Second Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
MATH 2350 Differential Equations 3 Online
SCIE 2240 Physical Chemistry 4 On-Campus
SCIE 2241 Physical Chemistry Lab 0 On-Campus
ENGI 2110 Engineering Mechanics-Statics 3 On-Campus
ENGI 2310 Computer Programming and
Algorithms
3 Online

On-Campus = You may need to attend your classes in-person or through a combination of online and on-campus sessions.

Third Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
CHE 2500 Basic Principles of Chemical Engineering 3 On-Campus
CHE 2510 Thermodynamics 3 On-Campus
ENGI 2260 Engineering Economics 3 Online
ENGI 2320 Principles of Electrical Engineering 3 Online

On-Campus = You may need to attend your classes in-person or through a combination of online and on-campus sessions.

Junior (3rd Year)

First Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
CHE 3106 Basic Principles of Chemical Engineering II 3 On-Campus
CHE 3116 Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineers 3 On-Campus
CHE 3118 Mathematics Applied to Chemical Engineering 3 On-Campus
SOHU 2010 Socio Humanistic Studies 3 Online

On-Campus = You may need to attend your classes in-person or through a combination of online and on-campus sessions.

Second Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
CHE 3310 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3 On-Campus
CHE 3220 Heat Transfer 3 On-Campus
CHE 3117 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory for Chemical Engineering 1 On-Campus
ENGL 2020 Business English and Communication 3 Online
SOHU 2040 Ethics, Global and Contemporary Issues 3 Online

On-Campus = You may need to attend your classes in-person or through a combination of online and on-campus sessions.

Third Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
CHE 3520 Mass Transfer Operations I 3 On-Campus
CHE 3530 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3 On-Campus
CHE 3321 Heat Transfer Operations Lab 1 On-Campus
ENGI 3510 Engineering Materials 3 On-Campus

On-Campus = You may need to attend your classes in-person or through a combination of online and on-campus sessions.

Senior (4th Year)

First Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
CHE 4130 Mass Transfer Operations II 3 On-Campus
CHE 4140 Process Dynamics and Control 3 On-Campus
CHE 4150 Chemical Engineering Process Design 3 On-Campus
CHE 4930 Chemical Engineering Seminar 1 On-Campus
ELECTIVE Socio Humanistic Studies or Languages 3 On-Campus

On-Campus = You may need to attend your classes in-person or through a combination of online and on-campus sessions.

Second Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
CHE 4940 Chemical Engineering Capstone Course I 3 On-Campus
CHE 4131 Mass Transfer Operations Lab 1 On-Campus
CHE ELECTIVE
3 On-Campus
FREE ELECTIVE
3 On-Campus

On-Campus = You may need to attend your classes in-person or through a combination of online and on-campus sessions.

Third Quarter

Course Title Credits Available
CHE 4950 Chemical Engineering Capstone Course II 3 On-Campus
CHE 4141 Reactor Design and Process Control Lab. for Chemical Eng. 1 On-Campus
CHE ELECTIVE
3 On-Campus
FREE ELECTIVE
3 On-Campus

On-Campus = You may need to attend your classes in-person or through a combination of online and on-campus sessions.

Courses

Mathematics 15

Science 30

Socio Humanities 21

Engineering Science 18

Chemical Engineering 50

Elective Chemical Engineering Courses 6

Elective Courses 6

Laboratories and Equipment

The Unit Operations Laboratory includes experiments on fluid mechanics, heat transfer, reactor analysis and design, process control, and mass transfer.

It also features a Computer Center for the exclusive use of department students, and a Materials Processing Laboratory, where research in this engineering field is carried out.

* Capstone courses will offer you the opportunity to apply all the knowledge you’ve acquired during your undergraduate studies to a real life scenario.

Personnel

Our professors provide high-quality education on the principles and implementations of Chemical Engineering. This way, our students graduate with all the knowledge and practical skills necessary to perform in the work market to their full potential and turn into professionals that will make significant contributions to the development of society.

Contact Us

Elba B. Herrera, Department Head, (787) 622-8000 ext. 382, eherrera@pupr.edu

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