The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering awards Doctor of
Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (MS) degrees. The general
objective of all programs is to develop the ability of the chemical or
petroleum engineer to carry out original research at advanced levels.
The aim of the doctoral program is to develop individuals for careers in
academic and industrial research. The program is flexible. Its primary
emphasis is on innovative and distinctive research on the cutting edge
of engineering science. Students wishing to pursue the PhD degree should
have an outstanding academic background and a desire and ability to
carry out original research. PhD students here are given independence
and responsibility. They are not only encouraged but are expected to
develop research ideas, which they propose and defend. They work closely
with their research advisers and often participate in a research group
attacking relevant engineering problems. To supplement their research,
students take advanced courses in areas related to their research work.
Candidates for the PhD achieve a high level of proficiency through this
advanced course work and individual study in their research area and
The graduate program offers MS and PhD students the opportunity to
pursue independent research in five research focus areas where the
department has developed national and international reputations:
Environment and Energy,
Multi-scale Modeling. Additional research areas exist in programs that have exploited
opportunities at the interface between disciplines. The department's
recognized research activities impact the following boundaries between
established disciplines: Biotechnology/Environment; Biology/Engineering;
Energy/Environment; Polymer Chemistry/Physics; and
Catalysis/Chemistry/Materials; Catalysis/Energy; Catalysis/Environment.
Of the 15-tenure/tenure stream and 14 adjunct
in our department, 44 percent have joint appointments outside of the
School of Engineering. Our faculty collaborate with faculty at CMU,
UPMC, in the School of Medicine and the Faculty of Arts and Science, and
they regularly co-author scholarly publications and perform cooperative
research with other universities and industry. Our faculty has formed a
central component of a number of interdisciplinary initiatives and
activities. Of particular note are the central roles of the Department
of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Center for Biotechnology
and Bioengineering, the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative Inc.
and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which aim to
develop a regional strength in tissue engineering technology by
fostering collaborations between industry government and local academic
The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering awards Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (MS) degrees. The general objective of all programs is to develop the ability of the chemical or petroleum engineer to carry out original research at advanced levels. The aim of the doctoral program is to develop individuals for careers in academic and industrial research. Read more.
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