CHME - ABET Accreditation


ABET Accreditation: Chemical Engineering



The B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Mission

The mission of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln chemical and biomolecular engineering program is to provide qualified students with a foundation in engineering sciences and engineering design methods to prepare them for successful professional careers and to contribute to the needs of society.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Performs as a chemical engineer.
Contributes with satisfying progress toward the level at which he or she chooses to engage in professional practice in industry, academics, allied or alternate fields.

Pursues a career as a practicing engineer in diverse fields such as chemical process industries, biochemical technology, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, energy, polymers/advanced materials, food processing, medicine/medical research, environment or safety; pursues an academic career to teach, research and serve the community.

Applies engineering and scientific principles.
Uses engineering and economic analyses, modern engineering tools and techniques with existing practical constraints and limitations to create solutions that are economical and sustainable.

Interacts successfully with a wide range of people.
Exercises care and responsibility in broad and diverse interpersonal interactions by effectively listening, speaking, writing and presenting.

Incorporates safety, ethics, and environmental protection in all engineering practices.
Understands the importance of safety, health, and environmental protection in all engineering practices. Upholds the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Code of Ethics and advises colleagues and the public on consequences presenting adverse effects on health, safety and the environment.

Accepts responsibility for life-long learning.
Continues professional growth and development throughout his or her career by participating in professional societies such as AIChE, industrial training, continuing education and professional development courses.

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers a course of study designed for students who plan careers in a wide variety of industries, ranging from the chemical and process industries to biotechnology, electronics, and the environment. Students receive training in the basic subjects of mathematics, English, and physics in common with other students in engineering, but in addition receive extensive training in chemistry. In various courses the emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, separation processes, thermodynamics, kinetics, and process dynamics, as well as process economics and design of chemical processes.

The instructional laboratories provide opportunities for students to operate experimental equipment, to test the theories and correlations developed in the classroom, and to design their own experimental equipment for the solution of special problems.

Graduates are qualified to undertake work in research, design, development, production, maintenance, and technical sales in a wide variety of industries including chemicals, petroleum, petrochemicals, rubber, plastics, agricultural chemicals, food, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, paper, fabrics, aircraft, automotive, electronics, energy conversion, and environmental pollution prevention and control.

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is located in Othmer Hall. A state-of-the-art unit operations laboratory, used to give hands-on chemical process experience, is located there. Laboratory equipment is provided for the study of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, staged operations, process control, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and polymerization. The department operates its own microcomputer facility. Additional research equipment is available for independent and graduate study in several areas.

Additional information about the requirements of the undergraduate program may be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Student Outcomes

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering constructs its student outcomes to match the a-through-k criteria prescribed by ABET:

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 within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
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, economic, environmental, 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

A matrix indicating where the a-k criteria are satisfied within our curriculum is below.
How the Chemical Engineering Curriculum Satisfies Student Outcomes Represented by the ABET a-through-k Criteria as Indicated on Individual Course Syllabi
  Student Outcomes
Required Chemical Engineering Coursework a b c d e f g h i j k
CHME113 – Intro to Chemical Engineering I
CHME114 – Intro to Chemical Engineering II
CHME202 – Mass & Energy Balances
CHME223 – Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
CHME312 – Chemical Engineering Computation
CHME323 – Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
CHME331 – Equilibrium Stage Operations
CHME332 – Transport Operations I
CHME333 – Transport Operations II
CHME430 – Chemical Engineering Lab
CHME442 – Chemical Reactor Engineering & Design
CHME452 – Chem. Eng. Process Economics & Optimization
CHME453 – Chemical Engineering Process Design
CHME460 – Automatic Process Control Lab
CHME462 – Automatic Process Control


Enrollment Data

The table below is a summary subset of 10-year graduation data for the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Chemical Engineering ABET Undergraduate Enrollment Chart
Source: College of Engineering, February 2015

Graduation Data

The table below is a summary subset of 10-year graduation data for the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Chemical Engineering ABET Degrees Conferred Chart
Source: College of Engineering, February 2015
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