The Department of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University has a long tradition of excellence in Engineering Education. Within this tradition, and during the last few years, Research (as one of the most effective learning tools) has played an increasing role in the Department where research opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students are prevalent. We will briefly review below the numerous options for research implemented by the faculty of the Department in order to expose students to the exciting techniques used in an inquiry-based approach and needed to develop the new technologies of the 21st Century.
Following recommendation by Dr. Allen Atkins (a highly successful Doctoral Graduate from Tennessee Tech) and suggestion from our Board of Advisors, the Department pioneered the implementation of a Distinction in the Major (DITM) Option for juniors and seniors. This option requires students to work with a faculty member on a focused research project in order to write a DITM thesis to be defended in front of the committee of faculty. The program is coordinated with the Honors Program of the University. Numerous students have completed this option while obtaining their undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and many of these students have successfully completed a doctoral degree or are continuing their professional careers in leading companies.
The highlight of the student research efforts at Tennessee Technological University is the annual Student Research Day event held each spring. The Department of Chemical Engineering has been the largest supplier of student posters for this event in all the years that it has been organized by our Office of Research, supplying approximately 45% of the posters originating from the College of Engineering and close to one third of the ones from the entire university. The ChE students’ participation in this showcase event provides an indication of the strong focus of our Department in Research opportunities pursued by our students and faculty.
Students of the Department are highly active in national and international meetings such as the Annual Meeting of the AIChE, the annual meeting of the American Electrophoresis Society (AES), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the Electrochemical Society (ECS), the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) to just name a few.
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