Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering

Major: CHE
Degree Awarded: MEng.
Unit: GS
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/speed/chemical

Program Information

General Information

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree will provide a student with the basis to be able to complete the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Chemical Engineering degree. The Master of Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

Since the M.Eng. is accredited as part of a five-year program with one-year of co-op experience, it is only available to students who have matriculated through the preceding four years at University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering. Therefore, students who earn an undergraduate degree at a school or university other than the University of Louisville pursue the M.S. degree instead of the M.Eng. degree.

Master of Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The purpose of the five-year Master of Engineering Program is to bring together the faculty, staff, and capital resources to meet the following program educational objectives:

  1. Educate and train graduates with the academic background and practical experiences necessary to function as chemical engineering professionals at an advanced level in a modern, ever-changing world in accordance with the mission of the department

  2. Produce graduates who demonstrate competence by being selected for employment by high level industrial, academic and government entities

  3. Provide our graduates with the foundation for the development of a successful career and with the understanding that life-long learning is necessary to this development

  4. Ensure that our graduates understand the broad societal, ethical and professional issues of the engineering profession

Master of Engineering Student Outcomes

In order to achieve these objectives, the Master of Engineering has the following outcomes set for its graduates. Graduates will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to identify, formulate and solve advanced chemical engineering problems
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments demonstrating chemical engineering principles, as well as to analyze and interpret resulting data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process relevant to chemical engineering practice to meet desired needs subject to realistic constraints such as economics, environmental compliance and sustainability, health and safety, manufacturability, and social, political, and ethical implications
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary or multi-functional teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve chemical engineering problems
  6. an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibility of the practicing chemical engineer
  7. an ability to communicate effectively in writing, orally, and via modern computer technology
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of chemical engineers and engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues, especially those pertinent to the practice of chemical engineering
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for chemical engineering practice

Admission Standards

Students who wish to pursue the Master of Engineering degree must formally apply for admission to Graduate Studies in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. The application form is available online at  http://louisville.edu/speed/academics/forms/MEngGraduateStudiesApplication. The application should be submitted prior to completion of the BS degree, typically not earlier than one semester before completion of baccalaureate requirements and no later than two years post conferral of their baccalaureate degree.

The requirements for admission or readmission to Master of Engineering programs are:

  1. Completion of a program of studies equivalent to that obtained through Engineering Fundamentals and Departmental Studies for the field of specialization in which the student desires to receive the Master of Engineering degree;
  2. Recommendation by the faculty and chair of the student’s department for admission or readmission to Graduate Studies;
  3. Cumulative baccalaureate grade point average of 2.75. However, those students with cumulative baccalaureate grade-point averages from 2.50 to 2.75 may be admitted upon petition and approval of the chair and faculty of the department.

A student becomes a candidate for the Master of Engineering degree upon admission to Graduate Studies and initial registration as a graduate student.

Academic Performance

The J.B. Speed School of Engineering has established the following performance policies:

  1. The minimum grade point average requirement for good standing is 3.00 for all academic work completed while in graduate studies.
  2. Any student who does not satisfy the published performance criteria shall be placed in probationary status. Any student who remains in probationary status for two consecutive terms may be considered for dismissal from the program.
  3. Students receiving graduate assistantships (teaching, research or service) shall be provided adequate training and shall be required to understand and adhere to University policies related to these areas. The performance of teaching, research and service duties by such students shall be periodically evaluated. Students with teaching assistantships shall be evaluated annually.
  4. Students who fail to meet performance goals or who do not meet other requirements as outlined in the admission letter, program requirements or the university catalog may be subject to academic dismissal from their programs.
  5. A maximum of six hours of graduate level courses taken as an undergraduate may be used to satisfy M.Eng. degree requirements; these courses cannot have been used to also satisfy B.S. degree requirements.

Full-Time Study for Graduate Assistants

All Graduate Assistants receiving financial support must be enrolled as full-time students during the period for which they are receiving support.

Continuous Enrollment

Continuous enrollment is defined as being registered in Fall, Spring, and Summer for course work or MEng residency (MENG 600).

Satisfactory Progress

All graduate students are expected to make steady and satisfactory progress toward the completion of degrees. A candidate for the Master of Engineering degree who does not register for credit hours must maintain active registration by paying a fee each semester for M.Eng. residency until the degree is awarded (i.e., the candidate must maintain continuous registration, including summer terms, in Graduate Studies). Failure to pay the M.Eng. residency fee will be cause to cancel a student’s residency. Students who are not enrolled for a period of more than 3 academic terms will be considered to have withdrawn from the program.

Satisfactory progress also requires maintaining the standards of academic and professional integrity expected in a particular discipline or program and, in some disciplines, may include demonstration of the ability to function as a professional practitioner. Failure to maintain these standards or demonstrate such abilities may result in the student’s termination from the program.

Degree Requirements

The following degree requirements are mandatory of all Master of Engineering candidates:

  1. The Program of Study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements.  Additionally, the Program of Study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in Graduate Studies.
  2. Masters students must take at least 24 credit hours of course work at the University of Louisville to satisfy the residency requirement for the master’s degree. A maximum of six (6) credit hours of graduate credit may be transferred from accredited institutions.
  3. Students following the Thesis Option must follow the Procedures and Standards for Master of Engineering Theses. The guidelines are located online at http://louisville.edu/speed/academics/policies/mEngThesisGuidelines.
  4. The total requirements must be completed within six years after admission into Graduate Studies. The time limit imposed by the rule may be extended in individual cases upon recommendation of the department chair and approval of the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Time Limitations for Degree-Seekers

Master of Engineering students must complete the degree requirements within six (6) years of beginning the program of study. While granting an extension of time is rare, requests for extension of time must be submitted in writing to the graduate program director of the student's department. Once reviewed by the department, the request is forwarded to the SSoE Dean’s office. Students must be in good standing for the request to be considered.

Readmission to MEng Programs

Students who seek to return to an MEng program after an absence of 12 months or more must apply for readmission by completing an application to Graduate Studies in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. The application form is available online at http://louisville.edu/speed/academics/forms/MEngGraduateStudiesApplication. If readmitted, the student will be subject to catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission.

Course repetition policy

MEng students may repeat to replace a maximum of one (1) courses with grades of C or below.  For these repeated courses, only the last grade attained will be used in the grade-point average calculation. Students should be aware that all grades are displayed on the official transcript even after the repeat.  A repeat form must be filed to activate this option. For courses retaken for which this option is not requested, both grades will be used in the grade point average calculation, but students cannot receive double credit in hours required for the degree.

J.B. Speed School on Engineering Procedure for Dealing with Academic Dishonesty

In accordance with The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, academic dishonesty is prohibited at the University of Louisville.

  1. An instructor who believes a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty will notify the student. This notification will include an explanation of the basis for the allegation and the academic penalties. Academic penalties are penalties associated with the class in question, such as resubmission of alternate assignment, F on the assignment, F for the course, etc.  The student will have 10 school days to notify the instructor whether the student accepts or does not accept the academic penalties.  Failure to notify the instructor within 10 school days will be interpreted as an acceptance of the academic penalty.
  2. If the student accepts the instructor’s academic penalties the following actions will occur:
  • The instructor implements the academic penalties.
  • The instructor notifies the department chair and SSoE Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the incident and imposed penalties within 10 school days of receiving the student’s notification of accepting the penalties.
  • The SSoE Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will review the documents within 10 school days of receipt and issue a decision regarding whether any administrative sanctions will be imposed on the student by the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, and whether any University-wide sanctions will be recommended to the Provost.  Administrative penalties may include suspension or expulsion from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering or the University of Louisville. The Dean will notify the student, the instructor and the Department Chair of this decision.  The Dean will forward any recommended University-wide sanctions to the Provost.

  3. If the student does not accept the instructor’s academic penalties, the following actions will occur:

  • The department chair, or, if the department chair is the instructor making the allegation, the SSoE Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will meet with the student in a timely manner.
  • At the meeting, the student will be provided an opportunity to present oral testimony and written evidence. The burden of establishing the student’s guilt rests with the instructor, who must do so by a preponderance of the evidence. After the meeting, the department chair or the Associate Dean, as appropriate, will render a decision within 10 school days of meeting with the student and submit written documentation of the incident and decision to the SSoE Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • If the student fails to appear at the meeting a final decision will be rendered by the department chair or SSoE Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • The SSoE Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will review the documents within 10 school days of receipt and issue a decision regarding whether any administrative sanctions will be imposed on the student by the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, and whether any University-wide sanctions will be recommended to the Provost.  Administrative penalties are penalties may include suspension or expulsion from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering or the University of Louisville. The Dean will notify the student, the instructor and the Department Chair of this decision.  The Dean will forward any recommended University-wide sanctions to the Provost.

As per the University of Louisville ‘Student Rights and Responsibilities,’ an academic unit that determines that a student is guilty of academic dishonesty may impose any academic punishment on the student that it sees fit, including suspension or expulsion from the academic unit. A student has no right to appeal the final decision of an academic unit. However, a student who believes that he or she has been treated unfairly, has been discriminated against, or has had his or her rights abridged by the academic unit may file a grievance with the Unit Academic Grievance Committee.  An academic unit that suspends or expels a student from the academic unit because the student has been found guilty of academic dishonesty may recommend to the University Provost in writing that the student also be suspended or expelled from all other programs and academic units of the University. Neither the student nor the academic unit shall have the right to appeal the Provost’s decision. However, a student who believes that he or she has been treated unfairly, has been discriminated against, or has had his or her rights abridged by the issuance of a decision by the Provost may file a grievance with the University Student Grievance Committee.

Curriculum

Graduate Studies – M.Eng.

The Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering degree requires the following over and above the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering Degree.
Courses
Credit Hours
CHE 595: Seminar in CHE
1
CHE 610: Advanced Thermodynamics
3
CHE 620: Transport Phenomena
3
CHE 641: Advanced Reactor Design
3
CHE 686: CHE Analysis
3
Technical Electives1,2
12
Thesis Alternative:
CHE 697: MEng Thesis3
Non-thesis Alternative:
CHE 698: Engr Project I
CHE 699: Engr Project II
6
Total Credit Hours:
314

1. Electives must be chosen so that at least one-half of the total credits counted toward the degree, exclusive of thesis, are 600-level.

2. Technical Electives can be CHE or non-CHE courses. Non-CHE courses must be approved by the student's research or academic advisor.

3. For the thesis alternative, a student is required to select both an approved M.Eng. thesis topic and the director and members of the thesis committee during the first term of Graduate Studies. The thesis director must give approval for enrollment in CHE 697.

4. The Master of Engineering degree must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements.  Additionally, the Master of Engineering degree must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in Graduate Studies.  A maximum of six (6) credit hours of graduate level courses taken as an undergraduate may be used to satisfy M.Eng. degree requirements; these courses cannot have been used to also satisfy B.S. degree requirements.

Faculty

The Graduate Faculty of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering will be responsible for the training and mentoring of graduate students within the J.B. Speed School.  Membership in the Graduate Faculty is required to serve as a voting member on a graduate student’s thesis/dissertation committee. The thesis/dissertation advisor or one of the co-advisors must be a permanent member of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering Graduate Faculty in the department the graduate student is attempting to earn a degree.  Members of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering Graduate Faculty with an Ad hoc appointment can serve as a thesis/dissertation co-advisor and/or a voting member of the thesis/dissertation committee.  

The following faculty have permanent appointments as Graduate Faculty of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

Delaina A. Amos

Associate Professor

R. Eric Berson

Associate Professor

Joel Fried
Professor

Department Chair

Xiao-An Fu

Associate Professor

Gautam Gupta

Associate Professor

Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh

Assistant Professor

Thomas L. Starr

Professor

Mahendra K. Sunkara

Professor

James Charles Watters

Professor

Gerold A. Willing

Associate Professor