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Product Design Specialization

Educating Engineers for the Future

The product design projects present student teams an opportunity to apply chemical engineering and product design principles towards real-world innovative products. The projects at the focus of this course have been developed in collaboration with industrial partners (ranging from large multinational companies to small start-ups). 

The Student teams prepare a stage-gate feasibility study of a chemical product including market and economic analysis, patent search, environmental, regulatory, and safety issues. Students will work in design teams to: (i) perform an initial market and economic analysis (ii) create a house of quality to establish target specifications, (iii) generate and select product concepts, and (iv) perform a design of experiments to guide prototype development and testing.
Progress of the design teams will be guided by a stage-gate process; design teams are expected to demonstrate their design at a technology readiness level 4-5 (i.e., from component validation in the laboratory to validation in a simulated environment).

Faculty involved and related projects: 

Prof. Al Center

Prof. Alan Feitelburg

Prof. Tobias Hanrath's research efforts focus on the fundamental study of optoelectronic properties of semiconductor nanocrystals. This work is inspired by the potential application of these materials in solar energy conversion and energy storage devices. The semiconductor nanocrystals used in this work provide a diverse set of building blocks whose electronic and optical properties differ from their bulk counterparts due to the spatial wavefunction confinement. 

Prof. Donald Koch is known for his contributions to rheology and average transport processes in particle suspensions, porous media, micro- and nano-structured materials, particle-filled polymeric materials and solvent-free nanoparticle fluids. His group studies geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide, geothermal energy extraction, and transport processes in batteries. 

Prof. Kathy Vaeth's research interests span the design, fabrication and characterization of thin film devices, relating their performance to the materials used in their construction.


CHEME 4610 Concepts of Chemical Engineering Product Design 3x CHEME 4630 Practice of Chemical Engineering
Product Design
CHEME 5720 Managing New Business Development 3 CEE 5900 Project Management (fall or spring) 4
CHEME 5740 Statistical Analysis 3 AEM 4160 Strategic Pricing 3
FDSC 4210

ORIE 5100

Food Engineering Principles (Food Science focus)

Design of Manufacturing Systems (Manufacturing focus)

3 FDSC 4250 Unit Ops and Dairy Processing (Food Science focus) 3
  CHEME/Other Electives 3x   CHEME/Other Electives 3-6
  Total 15   Total 15

Four Chemical Engineering Coures are required for M.Eng. This curriculum provides for five chemical engineering courses marked x.  Only one elective needs to be a ChemE elective

The project requirement is covered by ChemE 4630. Students who wish to do an individual product design project in addition to the project in ChemE 4630 may do so as an independent study with a faculty advisor by enrolling in ChemE 5999.

Courses with less than 3 credits can be combined to fulfill the 3 credits required for an elective area. Students who wish to fulfill an elective by taking a course that is not listed above should send the course title and description to the M.Eng. Director for approval before taking the course.  

Examples of suggested relevant electives:
AEM 4021 Food and Brand Workshop
NBA 6620 Product Marketing Insights
HADM 3430 Marketing Research
NCC 5530 Marketing Management
PAM 3300 Cost Benefit Analysis (spring) 4 credits
PAM 3110 Pharmaceutical Management and Policy (fall) 3 credits
PAM 3240 Risk management & Policy (fall) 3 credits
FDSC 3960 Food Safety Assurance (spring) 2 credits
FDSC 6650 Food and Bio Processing Systems (spring) 2 credits
FDSC 4210 Food Engineering Principles (fall) 4 credits
ChemE 5430 Bioprocess Engineering (fall) 3 credits
ChemE 6310 Engineering Principles for Drug Delivery (fall) 3 credits