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Graduate Degrees in Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech

At Virginia Tech we are proud of our tradition of training and guiding future leaders of chemical engineering research in industry and academia. We have an exciting program with research in Materials, Polymers, Bioengineering, Catalysis, Interface and Surface Science, and Simulation. Much of the research is interdisciplinary. We recently moved to a new building with excellent equipment, and we have an enthusiastic faculty including a number of recent new hires. There are many opportunities for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees.

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Research

Please follow the links below to see individual faculty research interests.

     
Luke Achenie   Machine Learning and Molecular Modeling
Don Baird   Polymer Processing
Michael Bortner    
David Cox   Surface Science
Richey Davis  
Sanket Deshmukh   Multi-scale modeling of Hybrid Materials
William Ducker   Interfaces and Bacterial Adhesion
Aaron Goldstein  
Ayman Karim   Heterogeneous Catalysis
Erdogan Kiran   Polymers and Supercritical Fluids
Y. A. Liu   Process System Engineering
Chang Lu   Biomedical Engineering and Process Design and Systems Engineering
Stephen Martin  
S. Ted Oyama  
Padma Rajagopalan  
Rong Tong   Polymer, Biomaterials and Drug Delivery
Abby Whittington  
Hongliang Xin   Computational Catalysis and Materials Informatics

Coursework

The Ph.D. and M.S. degrees include a core of 14 credits in transport phenomena, thermodynamics, kinetics and mathematics. These courses are supplemented with electives chosen in support of the thesis research or the student's special interests. The Ph.D. is awarded only to those students who demonstrate the initiative and ability to carry through a significant research program, resulting in a thesis. A thesis is required of all M.S. degree students.

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Undergraduates who do not have a Chemical Engineering Degree

Programs are also available for students with undergraduate degrees other than chemical engineering. Chemistry majors, especially those with thorough backgrounds in physical chemistry and mathematics, as well as graduates in biochemistry and microbiology, can re-orient their studies. The applied science nature of the research in the department facilitates this reorientation process for such students. Ph.D. programs to meet the needs of these students generally may require additional courses.

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