Chemical Engineering

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Department of Chemical Engineering

Location

Location

  • M.H. Wong Building, Room 3060
  • 3610 University Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 0C5
  • Telephone: 514-398-4494
  • Fax: 514-398-6678
  • Email: ugrad.chemeng [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/chemeng

About the Department of Chemical Engineering

About the Department of Chemical Engineering

The central purpose of engineering is to pursue solutions to technological problems in order to satisfy the needs and desires of society. Chemical engineers are trained to solve the kinds of problems that are typically found in the “chemical process industries,” which include:

  • chemical manufacturing;
  • plastics;
  • water treatment;
  • pulp and paper;
  • petroleum refining;
  • ceramics; and
  • paint industries;

as well as substantial portions of the:

  • food processing;
  • textile;
  • nuclear energy;
  • alternative energy;
  • biochemical;
  • biomedical; and
  • pharmaceutical industries.

The technological problems and opportunities in these industries are often closely linked to social, economic, and environmental concerns. For this reason, chemical engineers often deal with these questions while working in management, pollution abatement, product development, marketing, and equipment design.

By means of complementary courses, students can also obtain further depth in technical areas and breadth in non-technical subjects. Some students elect to complete a minor in biotechnology, nanotechnology, management, materials engineering, computer science, environmental engineering, chemistry, or another minor (see Minor Programs for minors available to engineering students).

The solution to many environmental problems requires an understanding of technological principles; a Chemical Engineering degree provides an ideal background. In addition to relevant material learned in the core program, a selection of environmental complementary courses and minor programs is available. The involvement of many Chemical Engineering faculty members in environmental research provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to carry out research projects in this area.

The B.Eng. curriculum also provides the preparation necessary to undertake postgraduate studies leading to the M.Eng. or Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering. Students completing this curriculum acquire a broad, balanced education in the natural sciences with the accent on application. Thus, for those who do not continue in Chemical Engineering, it provides an exceptionally balanced education in applied science. For others, it will form the basis of an educational program that may continue with a variety of studies such as business administration, medicine, or law. Versatility is, therefore, one of the most valuable characteristics of Chemical Engineering program graduates.

Academic Programs

Academic Programs

The Chemical Engineering program comprises 142 credits (116 credits for those who completed the Quebec CEGEP program in Pure and Applied Sciences).

Students must obtain a grade of C or better in all core courses. For the Department of Chemical Engineering, core courses include all required courses (departmental and non-departmental) as well as technical complementary courses.

Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering

Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering Student Society has for many years been affiliated with both the CSChE (Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering) and with the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers). For a nominal fee, students receive Canadian Chemical News, a monthly publication, and the AlChE Student Members Bulletin, as well as other privileges of student membership in the two societies. The student chapter also organizes a series of local social, educational, and sporting events. Recent events have included student-professor banquets and Christmas parties, dances, speakers, broomball games, and joint meetings with the Montreal Section of the CSChE which gives students a chance to mix with practising chemical engineers.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)

Chemical Engineering Faculty

Chemical Engineering Faculty

Chair
Sylvain Coulombe
Emeritus Professors
David G. Cooper; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
John M. Dealy; B.S.(Kansas), M.S.E., Ph.D.(Mich.), Eng.
Musa R. Kamal; B.S.(III.), M.S., Ph.D.(Carn. Mell), Eng.
Richard J. Munz; B.A.Sc.(Wat.), Ph.D.(McG.), Eng.
W.J. Murray Douglas; B.Sc.(Qu.), M.S.E., Ph.D.(Mich.)
Juan H. Vera; Ing.Quim.(UTE, Chile), M.Sc.(Calif., Berk.), Dr.Ing.(USM, Chile)
Professors
Sylvain Coulombe; B.Sc., M.Sc.A.(Sher.), Ph.D.(McG.) (Gerald Hatch Facullty Fellow)
Milan Maric; B.Eng.Mgt.(McM.), Ph.D.(Minn.), P.Eng.
Jean-Luc Meunier; D.Ing.(EPFL), M.Sc., Ph.D.(INRS, Queb.)
Sasha Omanovic; Dipl.Ing., Dr.Sc.(Zagreb), P.Eng.
Alejandro D. Rey; B.Ch.E.(CCNY), Ph.D.(Calif.), F.R.S.C. (James McGill Professor)
Nathalie Tufenkji; B.Eng.(McG.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Yale), ing. (CRC-Tier I)
Viviane Yargeau; B.Ch.E., M.Sc.A., Ph.D.(Sher.)
Associate Professors
Dimitrios Berk; B.Sc.(Bosphorus), M.E.Sc.(W. Ont.), Ph.D.(Calg.), P.Eng.
P.-Luc Girard-Lauriault; B.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(École Poly., Montr.)
Reghan James Hill; B.E.(Auck.), Ph.D.(Cornell)
Anne-Marie Kietzig; Dipl.Ing.(TU Berlin), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
Richard L. Leask; B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc.(Wat.), Ph.D.(Tor.), P.Eng.
Phillip Servio; B.A.Sc., Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
Assistant Professors
Noémie Dorval Courchesne; B.Sc., B.A. & Sc.(Ott.), Ph.D.(MIT)
Corinne Hoesli; B.Sc., B.A.Sc.(Ott.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.), ing. jr.
Jan Kopyscinski; Dipl.Ing.(BTU Cottbus), Dr.Sc.(ETH Zurich)
Christopher Moraes; B.A.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Chemical Engineering (143 credits)

Program credit weight: 143-146 credits ...

For more information, see Chemical Engineering (143 credits).

More about the B.Eng. Degree in Chemical Engineering

More about the B.Eng. Degree in Chemical Engineering

Courses CHEE 582 and CHEE 584 comprise a Polymeric Materials sequence, while courses CHEE 380 and CHEE 484 present fundamental aspects of materials science and engineering, respectively. Additional courses in the polymer materials area are available in the Chemistry Department (e.g., CHEM 574). The Department has considerable expertise in the polymer area.

Courses CHEE 370 and CHEE 474 make up a sequence in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Students interested in this area may take additional courses, particularly those offered by the Bioengineering (Faculty of Engineering); by the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry (Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences); and courses in biochemistry and microbiology. The food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries are large industries in the Montreal area, and these courses are relevant to these industries and to the new high-technology applications of biotechnology.

The third area in which there is a sequence of courses is Pollution Control. The Department offers three courses in this area: CHEE 521, CHEE 591, and CHEE 593. As some water pollution control problems are solved by microbial processes, course CHEE 474 is also relevant to the pollution control area. Additional courses in this area are listed in the Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Environmental Engineering (21 credits).

A Minor in Biotechnology is also offered by the Faculties of Engineering and Science with emphasis on molecular biology and chemical engineering processes. A full description of the program appears in the Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Biotechnology (for Engineering Students) (24 credits).

Note: Many of the technical complementaries are offered only in alternate years. Students should, therefore, plan their complementaries as far ahead as possible. With the approval of the instructor and Academic Adviser, students may take graduate (600-level) CHEE courses as technical complementaries.
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