Goals and Objectives of the Graduate Programs
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Ohio University offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The fundamental goal of the program is to develop the professional - not only a researcher possessing knowledge about techniques and findings in an area of specialization, but also an engineer well versed in the application of the scientific method to a variety of problems.
Major research efforts are underway in:
- Bioengineering (biocorrosion, bioseparations, cell adhesion, drug delivery, biophysical sensors)
- Energy and the Environment (air pollution control, air pollution modeling and monitoring, alternative fuels, coal conversion, corrosion, fuel cell technology, multiphase flow)
- Materials (corrosion, nanofiber composites, advanced carbon composites, thin film semiconductors)
Graduates of these programs enter occupations in the chemical and petroleum industries, in state and federal laboratories and regulatory agencies, and in academic settings. Also, graduates have used their base of knowledge in chemical engineering to pursue studies in law, business, and medicine.
One of the department's greatest strengths lies in the close personal relationships that develop between the students and faculty. The approximately 3:1 ratio of students to faculty, as well as the small-town setting of the University, promotes an informal atmosphere, and it is common to find students and faculty gathering at sporting, social, and cultural events.
The department recognizes the growing interdisciplinary nature of chemical engineering research and maintains close ties with faculty in other science and engineering disciplines. This is accomplished both informally, through projects of mutual interest, and formally, through such programs as the Condensed Matter and Surface Science Program, a multidisciplinary effort with the departments of chemistry, physics, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. Through programs such as these, students are able to considerably broaden their experience.