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Welcome to the Home Page for the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University. Our Department offers both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering as well as a College-level Ph. D. The hallmark of our program is the use of student-centered pedagogy that focuses on hands-on learning as well as ample research opportunities for all students, from Freshman-level to Ph. D.-level...and anyone in between. We encourage you to explore the website to learn more about our program.

“Twenty six Chemical Engineering Students have received the Eminence Student Awards from the College of Engineering for their Outstanding Performance in Teaching, Research and Service. The list includes both graduate and undergraduate students making contributions not only to Chemical Engineering but also to other Departments within the College of Engineering via collaboration. Congratulations to all”.

Dr. Pedro E. Arce, Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering received the 2013-14 University Outstanding Faculty for Professional Service.


Josh Cisco & Colten Burke: 1st Place TTU Student Research Day 2014

Dr. Cynthia Rice's undergraduate research team swept the floor in two different research poster fields, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Josh and Colten won 1st place with their poster presentation on "Catalyst Layer Design in Direct Formic Acid Fuell Cells" in Chemical Engineering; the research team included Antonio Pistono, Bobby Adams, and Chris Wilson. Shadi Saeed also earned 1st place in Mechanical Engineering for his research poster presentation while working under the guidance of Dr. Cynthia Rice.

Stephanie Poole & Bobby Adams: Renaissance Engineering Spectrum Award 2014

Two students, Stephanie Poole and Bobby Adams, received the 2014 Renaissance Engineering Spectrum Award to recognize their persistence and academic success in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The Renaissance Engineer Spectrum Awards recognizes a diverse body of students across all the degree-granting departments in the College of Engineering for their initiatives and achievements in educational (projects related to course work), research (projects relevant to their discipline) and professional development activities (internship, co-op, or summer job). This award is unique because it will be exclusively for students from all six departments in the college and will specially promote underrepresented groups in the COE.

Chemical Engineering Professor Receives Kinslow Engineering Research Award

Dr. Cynthia Rice was awarded the Kinslow Engineering Research Award for her significant contributions to the fields of fuel cell technology and electrochemistry. The Kinslow Award was established to recognize high-quality, archival publications by Engineering faculty members at TTU.

Read more about the Electrochemistry Lab here.

College of Engineering Outstanding Staff Award 2014 Presented to Becky Asher

The Outstanding Staff Award 2014 Presented to Becky Asher for Excellence in Job Performance, Attitude, and Commitment in the College of Engineering. Mrs. Asher enjoys working with the chemical engineering students and across university units. She especially enjoys her department's collaborative approach within the College of Engineering and other departments, including business, chemistry, education and nursing. She feels the faculty and staff work together well to assist students in achieving their ultimate goal, a degree in chemical engineering.

Chemical Engineering Chair is Awarded the Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leadership Award

Dr. Pedro Arce, Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering, was selected to receive The Chair Academy’s 2014 Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leadership Award. This award recognizes their ability to advance academic and administrative leadership on Tennessee Tech's campus.

Tech Freshmen Explore Chemical Engineering Concepts with Rube Goldberg Machines

Rube Goldberg machines are elaborate devices that use a chain reaction of events to complete a simple task. Popular in cartoons, they are uncommon in real life. Teams of freshmen worked all semester to design them.

“Engineers love to build,” said Holly Stretz, TTU chemical engineering professor. “Real-world problem solving starts by recognizing that the things you have already experienced in life can be useful for some new function and engineering and science teaches you to look at the world around you in whole new ways.”

Read more about their experience in this article.


Chemical Engineering is working in the implementation of MoLE-SI TM(Mobile Learning Environment and Systems Infrastructure). MoLE-S will allow students to use on-demand engineering software anywhere using portable devices as specified by the minimum requirements (see flyer below) provided there is internet connectivity.

Dr. Holly Stretz's Instructional Videos

Cavitation of a Pump

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