The Department of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) offers a world of outstanding opportunities in cutting-edge research projects for students interested in becoming well balanced researchers and innovators of the future technology needed to address our global and societal needs. Faculty interests and backgrounds applied within the context of the Grand Challenges set by the USA National Academy of Engineering together bring an exciting combination of opportunities for graduate level work. With an increasing focus on Biotechnology (e.g., Protein Engineering, Environmental Proteomics, Cancer Research, Biomolecular Medicine, and Bio-Separations), the research thrusts within the Department include the following independent but complementary areas:
- Electric Field-based Processes and Systems
- Nanoscale-based Engineered Materials and Systems
- Biological-based Processes and Systems
- Computational Mathematics and Modeling
- Engineering Education
Details about these research areas can be found in the faculty pages or by contacting the faculty directly. Importantly, these areas are in-line with the recently announced college-wide strategic research thrust areas, most notably in Advanced Manufacturing, Energy Storage and Conversion, and Nanoparticles and Proteomics in the Environment. For students interested in Engineering Education, the Department also offers outstanding opportunities to be involved in topics that should be beneficial for a future academic career. These are conducted in close collaboration with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at TTU and with the Peabody College of Education from Vanderbilt University.
With an increasing emphasis on Doctoral Research, the Department offers both an MS in Chemical Engineering and a PhD Degree. The Engineering Doctoral program at TTU is unique, offering an interdisciplinary environment where students choose emphasis areas such as chemical engineering to address problems and issues that cut across all of the engineering disciplines as well as others. This characteristic makes the degree highly useful within changing markets where there is an increasing need for interdisciplinary work. Graduates of this program have been highly successful in finding exciting opportunities in leading technological companies and have won very prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation and from the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, AIChE, just to name a couple.
Our efforts are closely conducted in collaboration with researchers from the three Centers of Excellence at TTU (the Center for Manufacturing Research, the Center for Energy Systems Research, and the Center for the Management, Utilization, and Protection of Water Resources) as well as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and universities such as Michigan, Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Akron, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Florida State, among others. The Department also has collaborations with international centers and universities including Catolica del Norte (Chile), Arturo Prat (Chile), and Universidad Technologica of Sao Paulo (Brazil).
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