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ACADEMIC:

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Chemical Engineering is the branch of engineering that serves those industries which convert chemically basic raw materials into a variety of products at a large scale. It applies the principles of conservation of mass, energy, and momentum together with the fundamental principles of engineering, mathematics, chemistry, physics, life sciences, economics, and social sciences, to the development of the optimum use of natural resources.

The education of the chemical engineer is broad, concerning a range of problems which vary from basic and applied research, technical feasibility, and economic evaluation to plant and equipment design, construction, operation, and troubleshooting. A chemical engineer may also be concerned with other activities such as product sales, management, consulting, patent law and environmental planning.

Chemical engineers play an important role in today’s world by attempting to solve problems in areas such as environment, renewable energy technologies, food, medical, biotechnology, and new materials development.

This program is fully accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The information below follows the new ABET 2000 EC accreditation Criteria:


Mission

"Satisfy the technological needs of Puerto Rico related with Chemical Engineering by means of research, services and educating students coming from all socioeconomic levels to convert them in professionals competitive at a worldwide level and knowledgeable of their social and ethical responsibility."

Attain the following mission supportive objectives:

1. Educate students to practice competently, professionally, and with social responsibility.

2. Integrate education, research, and community services as main responsibility areas.

3. Foster interdisciplinary efforts to solve major technological and societal problems.

4. Create a stimulating environment for the intellectual, social, and ethical development of our academic community.

5. Interact continuously with the external community and assess its needs.

6. Recruit highly qualified students, faculty, and staff.


Vision

Our vision is to position the Chemical Engineering Department among the top 50 Chemical Engineering Departments in America as defined by external evaluating organizations after the year 2005. This vision assumes a main effort in maintaining the adequate focus in the fundamental core subjects of the profession; offering a curriculum which includes strategic elective courses related with Chemical Engineering; growing the research activity at a strategic rate that provides operational resources; reacting adequately to the demand for the profession by Puerto Rican youth, and satisfying the demand for Chemical Engineers required by Puerto Rico; placing our alumni in jobs inside and outside Puerto Rico; and assuring the accreditation of the Department by key organizations like ABET, MSA, and CES.

Slogan

"Among Top Fifty Chemical Engineering Departments by the Year 2005"

Educational Objectives

1. Graduates shall demonstrate professional and technical ability to apply Chemical Engineering principles to meet technological challenges.

2. Graduates shall be able to communicate effectively in Spanish and English, in written and oral formats.

3. Graduates shall be competent in applying core management skills including information, general and project management.

4. Graduates shall demonstrate excellent problem solving and critical/creative thinking skills.

5. Graduates shall exhibit interdisciplinary and leadership skills.

6. Graduates shall master technological and life changes adaptation skills.

7. Graduates shall sell an understanding of the values, issues and challenges facing the individual and society.

8. Graduates shall exhibit a cosmopolitan view of the world.


ABET Outcomes

Engineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates have:

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs

d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g. an ability to communicate effectively

h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j. a knowledge of contemporary issues

k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

l. a recognition of basic leadership skills

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PROGRAM OF STUDY

CURRICULUM IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Number
Course
Credits
*MATE 3005 Pre-Calculus
5
QUIM 3131-3133 General Chemistry I
4
ELECTIVE **Sociohumanistic Elective
3
*INGL 3--- First year course in English
3
*ESPA 3101 Basic course in Spanish
3
18

Second Semester
Number
Course
Credits
MATE 3031 Calculus I
4
QUIM 3132-3134 General Chemistry II
4
*INGL 3--- First year course in English
3
*ESPA 3102 Basic course in Spanish
3
INGE 3011 Engineering Graphics I
2
EDFI--- Physical Education Elective
2
18


SECOND YEAR
First Semester
Number
Course
Credits
MATE 3032 Calculus II
4
FISI 3171 Physics I
4
FISI 3173 Physics Laboratory I
1
QUIM 3450 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
5
INGL 3--- Second year course in English
3
ELECTIVE Free Elective
1
18


Second Semester
Number
Course
Credits
MATE 3063 Calculus III
3
FISI 3172 Physics II
4
FISI 3174 Physics Laboratory II
1
INGL 3--- Second year course in English
3
QUIM 3055 Analytical Chemistry
4
INGE 3016 Algorithms and Computer Programming
3
18


THIRD YEAR
First Semester
Number
Course
Credits
INGE 3031 Engineering Mechanics-Static
3
ECON 3021 Principles of Economics I
3
MATE 4009 Ordinary Differential Equations
3
QUIM 4041 Physical Chemistry I
3
INQU 4005 Materials and Energy Balances
4
ELECTIVE Free Elective
2
18


Second Semester
Number
Course
Credits
QUIM 4042 Physical Chemistry II
3
QUIM 4101 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
1
INQU 4008 Mathematical Analysis of Chemical Eng. Problems
3
INQU 4010 Momentum Transfer Operations
4
INQU 4011 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
3
ELECTIVE Free Elective
3
17


FOURTH YEAR
First Semester
Number
Course
Credits
QUIM 4102 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
1
QUIM ---- Elective in Chemistry
3
INQU 4001 Heat Transfer Operations
4
INQU 4012 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
3
ELECTIVE **Sociohumanistic Elective
3
INEL 4075 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
3
17


Second Semester
Number
Course
Credits
INQU 4002 Mass Transfer Operations
4
INQU 4017 Chemical Eng. Kinetics and Catalysis
4
INQU 4034 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
2
INQU ---- Elective in Chemical Engineering
3
INGE 4001 Materials Engineering
3
16

FIFTH YEAR
First Semester
Number
Course
Credits
INQU 5030 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
2
INQU 4027 Chemical Engineering Seminar
1
INQU 5021 Chemical Engineering Process Design I
3
INQU 5025 Analysis and Control of Processes
3
INQU ---- Elective in Chemical Engineering
3
ELECTIVES **Sociohumanistic Electives
6
18


Second Semester
Number
Course
Credits
INQU 5022 Chemical Engineering Process Design II
3
INQU ---- Elective in Chemical Engineering
2
ELECTIVE **Sociohumanistic Elective
3
ELECTIVES Free Electives
6
14
Total credits required for program: 172


*Refer to the Academic Regulations section for information on Advanced Placement.
**The fifteen (15) credit hours of Sociohumanistic electives will be selected by the student, with the advisor's approval, from a list of recommended courses.

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DEPARTMENTAL FACULTY
ALDO ACEVEDO-RULLÁN, Assistant Profesor, Ph.D., 2006, University of Delaware.

GUILLERMO AGUAYO-TALAVERA, Professor, Ph.D., 1972, University of Cincinnati.

MISAEL O. AVILÉS-MOLINA, Instructor, B.S., 2003, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.

JAIME BENITEZ-RODRÍGUEZ, Professor, Ph.D., 1976, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

MOSES BOGERE, Professor, Ph.D., 1993, University of Akron.

JULIO G. BRIANO-PERALTA, Professor, Ph.D., 1983, University of Pennsylvania.

NELSON CARDONA-MARTÍNEZ, Professor, Ph.D., 1989, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

GUILLERMO COLON-BURGOS, Professor, Ph.D., 1986, University of Massachusetts.

JOSÉ A. COLUCCI-RIOS, Professor, Ph.D., 1985, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

UBALDO M. CÓRDOVA-FIGUEROA, Instructor, B.S., 2003, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.

L. ANTONIO ESTÉVEZ-DE VIDTS, Professor, Ph.D., 1983, University of California-Davis.

ARTURO HERNÁNDEZ-MALDONADO, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2004, University of Michigan.

MARÍA M. MARTÍNEZ-IÑESTA, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 2006, University of Delaware.

NARINDER K. MEHTA, Researcher, Ph.D., 1979, California Coast University.

RAFAEL MUÑOZ-CANDELARIO, Emeritus Professor, Ph.D., 1956, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

CARLOS A. RAMÍREZ-QUIÑONES, Professor, Sc.D. Ch.E., 1979, Massachussets Institute of Technology.

CARLOS M. RINALDI-RAMOS, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2002, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ABRAHAM RODRÍGUEZ-RAMÍREZ, Professor, Ph.D., 1973, New York University.

LORENZO SALICETI-PIAZZA, Professor, Ph.D., 1996, Purdue University.

DIANA SIBERIO-PÉREZ, Instructor, B.S., 2001, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.

LAKSHMI N. SRIDHAR, Professor, Ph.D., 1991, Clarkson University.

DAVID SULEIMAN-ROSADO, Professor, Ph.D., 1994, Georgia Institute of Technology.

MADELINE TORRES-LUGO, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2001, Purdue University.

CARLOS VELÁZQUEZ-FIGUEROA, Associate Professor, Ph. D., 1993, University of Connecticut.

GILBERTO VILLAFAÑE-RUIZ, Professor, Ph.D., 1974, Tulane University.

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COURSES OF INSTRUCTION

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Undergraduate Courses

INQU 3047. CHEMICAL PROCESS MANUFACTURING. Three credit hours. Three hours of lectures per week. Prerequisite: QUIM 3042 or QUIM 3002.

Introduction to the chemical plants manufacturing processes and raw materials processing at large scale of: chemicals, petroleum products, food, drugs, and wastes. Discussion of the chemical-process stem transformation of raw materials into desired end products, processing equipment, process flow diagram and schematic representation of the physical and chemical process interactions to carry out the overall transformation. Evaluation of the economic performance of different manufacturing options to reach the optimal or best solution. Evaluation of environmental, health and safety criteria as other considerations in the manufacturing steps. Discussion of ethical considerations in the manufacturing engineers profession.

INQU 4001. HEAT TRANSFER OPERATIONS. Four credit hours. Four hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4010 and INQU 4011.

Heat transfer principles, including multidimensional flow and unsteady state conditions, radiation heat transfer, design of exchangers, empirical relations.

INQU 4002. MASS TRANSFER OPERATIONS. Four credit hours. Four hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4001 and INQU 4012.

Phase equilibria and equilibrium stage operations, with particular emphasis on distillation, gas absorption, humidification, and liquid-liquid extraction.

INQU 4003. UNIT OPERATIONS III. Four credit hours. Four hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4005.

Theory, applications, and design of unit operations which are mostly employed in the pharmaceutical industry; air, water, and media sterilizations, recovery of fermentation products, aeration, agitation, crystallization, and scale-up.

INQU 4004. UNIT OPERATIONS LABORATORY III. One credit hour. One three-hour laboratory per week. Co-requisite: INQU 4003.

Experimental studies on crystallization, drying of solids, fermentation, sterilization, validation, extraction, and filtration, using pilot plant equipment.

INQU 4005. MATERIALS AND ENERGY BALANCES. Four credit hours. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour discussion period per week. Prerequisites: INGE 3016 and (MATE 3063 or MATE 3185 or MATE 3048). Co-requisite: QUIM 4041 or authorization of the Director of the Chemical Engineering Department and authorization of the Director of the Industrial Biotechnology Department for the Industrial Biotechnology students.

An introduction to chemical engineering calculations involving the laws of conservation of mass and energy.

INQU 4008. MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROBLEMS. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4005 and MATE 4009.

Mathematical analysis of problems of interest in chemical engineering. Methods of interpretation and analysis of experimental data, formulation and solution of mass and energy balance equations in open and closed systems: use of Laplace transforms, error and Bessel functions, matrices, solution of problems by means of digital computers.

INQU 4010. MOMENTUM TRANSFER OPERATIONS. Four credit hours. Four hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4005. Co-requisite: MATE 4009.

Introduction to mass, momentum and energy transport, and the calculation of transport coefficients. Shell momentum balances; analytical solution of problems in viscous flow; dimensional analysis. Introduction to turbulent flow. Friction factor in ducts and particulate systems. Macroscopic balances, application to the design of chemical engineering systems.

INQU 4011. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS I. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4005 and QUIM 4041 and (MATE 4009 or MATE 3048).

Thermodynamic principles; applications of the first and second laws of thermodynamics to the solution of chemical engineering problems; thermodynamic properties of fluids.

INQU 4012. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS II. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4011 and QUIM 4042.

Emphasis on thermodynamic functions, properties of solutions, phase equilibria, and chemical reaction equilibria.

INQU 4016. PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: (QUIM 3031 or QUIM 3450) and INQU 4005.

The properties, production, and fabrication of natural and synthetic resins and polymers of industrial importance.
INQU 4017. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING KINETICS AND CATALYSIS. Four credit hours. Four hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4001 and INQU 4012.

The principles of chemical kinetics and catalysis, and their application to reactor design and industrial processes.
INQU 4027. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SEMINAR. One credit hour. One and one-half hour of seminar per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4010.

Discussion and reports on special topics in chemical engineering. Involves literature searches and evaluation for the preparation of written and oral reports. Students are required to attend all seminars sponsored by the Department of Chemical Engineering.
INQU 4028. PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY. Three credit hours. Three hours of lectures per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4002 and QUIM 3031.

The conversion of petroleum to useful derivates, with emphasis on the chemical engineering operations and equipment involved. Problems, trips.
INQU 4029. PHARMACEUTICAL OPERATIONS. Four credit hours. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4011.

Theory, principles and practices related to the manufacture of pharmaceutical preparations and pharmaceutical related plant and equipment design. Studies on key unit operations like powder weighing, granulating, milling, blending and compressing. Plant and equipment validation and good manufacturing practices (GMP).
INQU 4034. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY I. Two credit hours. Two three-hour laboratories per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4001.

Experimental studies on fluid flow and heat transfer using pilot plant equipment.
INQU 4036. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PRACTICE. Three credit hours. Thirty five hours per week for seven or more weeks during the summer or its equivalent during the semester. Prerequisites: authorization of the Director of the Department.

A course organized in cooperation with private industry or government to provide the student with practical experience in chemical engineering. The work performed by the student will be jointly supervised by the academic department and an appropriate official from the cooperating organization. An oral and written report will be required from the student upon completion of the project.
INQU 4038. PROYECT MANAGEMENT FOR CHEMICAL ENGINEERS. Three credit hours. Two hours of lecture and two hours of supervised practice per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4002.

Skills for successful management projects that require development, design, construction and operation of chemical plants and related industries.

INQU 4045. POLYMER PROCESSING. Three credit hours. Three hours of conference per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4016 or INME 4071.

Study of commercial methods of plastic processing and product evaluation. Discussion of polymer extrusion, molding, and other modern methods. Analysis of these processes in the manufacturing context. Analysis of the role of processing in polymer recovery and recycling.


INQU 4077. UNIT OPERATIONS IN FOOD PROCESSING. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4001 and INQU 4012. Co-requisite: INQU 4002.

Drying: tray, belt, drum, spray, freeze drying, instantanizing, and agglomeration. Freezing and freeze concentration. Membrane processes: osmosis, reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, electrodialysis, Extrusion, Expression, Microwave heating.
INQU 4995. ENGINEERING PRACTICE FOR CO-OP STUDENTS. Zero to six credit hours. A minimum of two work periods are required for the accreditation of the course, one of which must be a semester. Prerequisite: authorization of the Director of the Department.

Practical experience in chemical engineering in cooperation with private industry or government to be jointly supervised by the academic department, the Co-op program coordinator, and an official from the cooperating organization. A written report will be required upon completion of each period of work.
INQU 4998. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH. One to six credit hours. Three to twenty-four hours of laboratory per week. Pre-requisite: fourth or fifth year student and authorization of the Director of the Department.

Participation, under the supervision of a faculty member acting as an investigator, in a research project.
Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

INQU 5006. MATHEMATICAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: (MATE 4009 or MATE 3048) and INQU 4005.

Statistical analysis of experimental data, curve fitting, and sampling theory; nomography; problem solving with digital computers. Emphasis is given to chemical engineering applications.

INQU 5008. COMPUTER SIMULATION OF PROCESSES AND UNITS. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INGE 3016, INQU 4002, and authorization of the Director of the Department.

Analysis, design, and simulation of chemical processes and units using computer programs developed by students under guidance of a faculty member.

INQU 5009. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS TO BIOMEDICAL SYSTEMS. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: authorization of the Director of the Department.

Modeling and analysis of vital functions in the human body by methods similar to those used to study the behavior of processing units in chemical plants, such as tracer techniques, microscopic and cell-scale mass and energy transfer, fluid mechanics of the circulatory system, and reactor kinetics applied to body systems.

INQU 5015. FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR POLLUTION. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: INCI 4008 or Co-requisite: INQU 4002.

Classification and extent of air pollution problems; meteorology and air pollution; dispersion from effluents; the effect of air pollution on plants and animals; visibility problems; socioeconomic impact of pollution problems; analytical and experimental sampling methods; equipment and process for abating air pollution; governmental regulations for air pollution control.

INQU 5018. AIR POLLUTION CONTROL. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4010 or Co-requisite: INCI 4008.

A discussion of the theory, principles, and practices related to engineering control of particulate and gaseous emissions from natural, industrial, agricultural, commercial, and municipal sources of atmospheric pollution.

INQU 5019. INDUSTRIAL WASTE CONTROL. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: INCI 4008 or Co-requisite: INQU 4002.

The minimization of industrial wastes through the proper design and operation of manufacturing plants; treatment of disposal of industrial wastes, with emphasis on the chemical industries in Puerto Rico.

INQU 5021. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROCESS DESIGN I. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ECON 3021. Co-requisites: INQU 4002 and INQU 4017.

Principles of economic evaluation, cost estimation, mathematical techniques and process simulation as applied to chemical engineering design.

INQU 5022. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROCESS DESIGN II. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4017, INQU 4002 and INQU 5021.

Application of the principles of economic evaluation, cost estimation, mathematical techniques, and simulation to the chemical engineering design of processes and/or equipment.

INQU 5025. ANALYSIS AND CONTROL OF PROCESSES. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4017 and INQU 4002.

Mathematical simulation of chemical and physical processes. Analysis of first and second order systems; control modes; control hardware; roots locus and frequency response analysis; optimum control settings; applications to the design of control systems.


INQU 5026. MICROCLIMATE AND DISPERSION OF AIR POLLUTANTS. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4002 or INCI 4008.

Discussion of the elements of microclimate in urban, rural, and valley environments. Dispersion of air pollutants in these environments.

INQU 5027. EQUILIBRIUM STAGE PROCESSES. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4002 and INGE 3016.

The equilibrium stage concept is applied to the analysis and design of stage-wise separation processes, with application to distillation, gas absorption, and extraction. Multicomponent systems, computer methods, and practical aspects of design are studied.

INQU 5028. ADVANCES IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Two credit hours. Two hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4002. Co-requisite: INQU 4027.

Discussion of chemical engineering topics in which recent advances are particular striking.

INQU 5030. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY II. Two credit hours. Two three-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4002 and INQU 4017. Corequisite: INQU 5025.

Experimental studies on mass transfer, process control, fermentation, kinetics and catalysis using pilot plant equipment at the Unit Operations Laboratory.

INQU 5035. BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: INQU 4017 or (QUIM 4042 and QUIM 5072).

Concepts of microbiology and biochemistry. Kinetics of enzyme-catalyzed reaction networks and immobilized enzyme systems; transport phenomena in microbial systems; biological reactor design and analysis; analysis of multiple interacting microbial populations.

INQU 5036. PARTICULATE SYSTEMS. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4002.

Creation, characterization, separation and agglomeration of particles. Sizing fractionation of powders, surface area and pore size determinations. Pulverization, crystallization, agglomeration, tableting and granulation.

INQU 5037. MEMBRANE SEPARATION PROCESSES. Three credit hours. Two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Prerequisite: INQU 4002.

Study of the principles of membrane separation processes such as: reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, microfiltration, dialysis, electrodialysis, gas permeation and pervaporation. The study will cover mass transfer and the design and operational aspects for both liquid and gas separation system. The separation, purification, and recovery processes will be applied to the chemical, biochemical, and food industries.

INQU 5045. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: (INQU 4008 and INQU 4010) or INCI 4008.

Momentum, energy, and mass transport. Emphasis is given in the understanding of basic physical principles and their mathematical description.

INQU 5995. SPECIAL PROBLEMS. One to three credit hours. One to three laboratory, library or independent work periods per week. Prerequisite: authorization of the Director of the Department.

Undergraduate research problems in chemical engineering or related field. Topics vary with interest of student and instructor. Open only to outstanding Chemical Engineering students.

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