The majority of products produced in the chemical process industries either include particles or are made through the agency of particles. Despite the ubiquity of particles and particle processes, undergraduate engineering programs typically fail to address the unique issues introduced by the particle phase. By design, this program provides this important skill set and knowledge base, valued by industry but generally unavailable in one place or with such singular focus.
The program is built around the fundamentals of particle process engineering and particle-based product design and engineering. In addition to rigorous and comprehensive course work in rate processes, transport, characterization, separations, and product engineering, the program’s capstone element is an industrial internship enabling the student to exit the program with practical, demonstrated particle technology expertise.
The program is designed to be completed in one year. It requires completion of 30 credits, of which 24 are in courses taught on the UD campus in Newark, DE. Eighteen credits are encompassed by core courses that cover the key concepts of particle technology:
CHEG 670 Particle Rate Processes
CHEG 671 Particle Transport
CHEG 672 Mathematics of Particle Systems
CHEG 673 Particle Properties and Characterization
CHEG 674 Particle Processing Unit Operations
CHEG 675 Particle Product Engineering
Four of these courses are taught in the fall semester and two in the spring semester. In addition, students take six credits in the form of relevant approved electives. The capstone is the industrial internship (6 credits), which is performed at one of a number of participating companies:
CHEG 684 Particle Technology Internship