Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Top 20 Doctoral Program—National Research Council

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Please contact:
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of Houston
S222 Engineering Bldg 1,
Houston, TX 77204-4004
phone: 713-743-4311
email: grad-che [at] uh [dot] edu
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Executive Certificates in Chemical Engineering

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Process design and chemical companies are seeking advanced/professional training for their employees to sustain the knowledge necessary to compete with the increasing demands of complex engineeringand management.

The ongoing development of technology and critical demand of products and services can create challenges for the safety and efficient operation of any chemical company.

The graduate executive certificates in chemical engineering offer practicing engineers the opportunity to review current industry best practices, discuss
challenges and solutions relating to safe and effective plant design and operation, and to study management techniques that are optimized for the chemical industry.

This University of Houston certificate program was created out of necessity for industry and has widespread applications for engineers through the chemical engineering field.

At this time the only certificate offer beginning Spring 2013 is Certificate in Process Engineering and Modeling. 

Certificate in Process Engineering and Modeling

Process Design and Modeling

  • Defining and converting concepts to engineering design
  • Design practices industry
  • Process simulation and design
  • Issues with real equipment
  • Value engineering and optimization of new plants
  • Design reviews

Process Economics and Project Management

  • Basic economics of chemical processes and products
  • Development of decision-making methods using oil/chemical industry examples
  • Project management concepts and practices for chemical engineers

Advanced Unit Operations

  • Property prediction of multicomponent fluids
  • Advanced principals of heat exchanger design
  • Multicomponent fractionation
  • Absorption, stripping and extraction

Certificate in Advanced Process Analysis

Process Analysis in the Real World

  • Case studies of applications of design methods and process analysis for new designs, retrofits and operations of refineries and chemical plants
  • Design reviews

Advanced Process Control

  • Application of high-speed computers in the control of chemical processes, reactors and units

Electives (choose one)

  • Advanced Linear Optimization
  • Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer

Certificate in Chemical Engineering Safety, Operations and Management

Plant Construction, Start-Up and Operations

  • Turning engineering designs into a real plant
  • Plant commissioning and start-up considerations
  • Safe start-up and start-up sequences
  • Environmental considerations and permits
  • Analyzing operating plant performance

Safety and Reliability

  • Overview of risks, safeguards and hazards associated with chemical process engineering
  • Layers of protection, hazard identification, sources term models, toxic release and dispersion models, fires and explosions, probablistics analysis, fault tree analysis, designs to prevent accidents, safety-instrumented systems and safety-related standards and regulations

Electives (choose two)

  • Managerial Process Economics
  • Management Challenges for Chemical Engineers: Innovation, Energy and Environment
  • Petrochemical Processes and Product Lifecycle Management
  • Design Project

Program Highlights

Program Format

Includes flexible weekend classroom hours and online instruction.

  • Five Saturday classes
  • Class materials available for asynchronous delivery over the Internet
  • Weekly Q&A sessions with instructor
  • Exams administered via distance education (electronicically)

Entrance and Certification Requirements

  • Appropriate engineering background and prior academic performance
  • Two years of industrial experience
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for each certificate

Who Should Apply?

Practicing engineers and recent Bachelor of Science in engineering graduates are qualified to apply. The courses are part of a graduate engineering program and are taught at the graduate level.

Student Qualifications

  •   A Bachelors degree in engineering is required.
  •   Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  •   Two Years of industrial experience
  •   Non-engineering degreed applicants must get permission from the director.

Entrance Requirements          

Official transcripts must be mailed to Yolanda Thomas at:

University of Houston 
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department
S222, Engineering Bldg. 1
Houston, TX 77204-4004
      

  • An online application must be completed at https://www.applytexas.org
  • TOEFL exam for students whose BS degree was received outside the states
  • This program is not intended for F-1 Visa Holders and not offered as an Online Course

Application Due Dates

       Fall Semester – June 1
       Spring Semester – November 1

Cost

$3,000 per student per course