A message from our Director
Welcome to the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR). Chemical Engineering is a versatile and exciting career with many opportunities for your development.
The Chemical Engineering Program at PUPR offers you a thorough curriculum with hands-on experience in modern and fully-equipped laboratories. Thus, as a graduate of this program, you will be well prepared to face the current and future challenges of the field.
The ChE Department offers a personalized service by attending to the specific needs of its students. They are oriented throughout their academic career in the department. Class sizes usually consist of no more than 20 students, giving the professor the opportunity to provide a nearly individualized attention to each student.
At the ChE Department, we are a family. Our students feel comfortable openly offering suggestions for improvement. Furthermore, many of them actively participate in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Chapter and the Instituto de Ingenieros Químicos (IIQ) de Puerto Rico Student Chapter. These student chapters organize diverse activities that complement their technical proficiency with soft skills such as leadership, team work, and community awareness, important ones in the formation of a future professional.
The ChE Department also promotes the students’ participation in summer internship 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. Studying ChE at PUPR means not only dealing with academic activities within the classroom, but also having the opportunity to explore the real world, visiting different industries and getting exposed to the environment you would most likely be involved with when working.
If you like math and sciences, particularly chemistry, and enjoy looking for and discovering new methods to solve real problems by means of technology, choose Chemical Engineering at PUPR. Here you will be able to study in a familiar environment at your own pace, according to your skills and abilities. If you have any questions or if you want to know more about our department and visit our facilities and laboratories, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help you.
I am looking forward to meet you soon and to have you as part of the Chemical Engineering family at PUPR.
Elba B. Herrera
(787) 622-8000 ext. 382
(787) 667-9646 (mobile)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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Senior Design Projects
Senior Design Projects
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.
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.
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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
Chemical Engineering Program’s Student Expected Outcomes
At the time of completing their baccalaureate, PUPR Chemical Engineering Program students are expected to demonstrate that they have attained the following:
1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
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.
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.
Elba B. Herrera, Department Head, (787) 622-8000 ext. 382, email@example.com