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Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Master and Ph.D. Programs


Fall 2015 Course Offerings and Descriptions

1. Biopharmacuetical and Industrial Fluid Mixing

Mondays, 6:30 – 9 PM
Drs. Arthur W. Etchells and Richard Grenville
CHE 06.575 (CRN # 43834)

In both the biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industries mixing is an important step in development, scale up and manufacture. It is most important in process steps involving multiple phases and complex liquids and chemical reactions. This course will discuss the application of fundamental single and multi-phase fluid dynamics to such processes and the development of industrial equipment designs based on these fundamentals along with the concepts of process scale up and scale down. A major objective of the class is to develop equipment designs based on fundamentals and empirically derived correlations. Emphasis will be on designs for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry but having equally applicability to other process industries. Both lecturers have extensive industrial experience with Dupont and other companies.

Arthur W. Etchells is a world recognized authority in the field of mixing for the process industries. For thirty nine years he worked for the DuPont Company and for thirty years as an internal consultant for the many diverse DuPont businesses in the field of fluid flow with emphasis on mixing and slurry transport and retired in 2002. He is a past president of the North American Mixing Forum and winner of their award for contribution to mixing technology. He is now an independent consultant in the field.

Richard K. Grenville is the lead consultant in mixing for the Dupont Company. He has twenty five years experience in the field. He has extensive publications in the field, has given many seminars to companies outside of Dupont and is a member of the North American Mixing Forum governing board.


2. Bioseparation Processes

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9 PM
Dr. Michael Grady

CHE 06.576 (CRN #42740)

This course evaluates process design techniques to minimize waste and by-products in the processing and manufacturing industries. Topics include: mass and heat recycling processes; technologies for process steam renovation, material reuse and recycling methods. Case studies of industrial applications are utilized.


3. Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9 PM
Dr. Michael Grady
CHE 06.586 (CRN # 44695)

Applications of classical and molecular thermodynamics to industrial problems in chemical and phase equilibrium. Topics include nonidea solutions, high pressure systems, complex reaction equilibria, generalized correlations, and equations of state. 


Previous course offerings

Introduction to Biomedical Materials -.

Monday, 6:30 – 9 PM

J Vernengo, Rowan University Professor

This course is designed to cover the fundamentals of applying biomedical materials as replacements for tissues in the body.  The course will cover the types of biomaterials typically applied in tissue and organ systems (such as ceramics, natural and synthetic polymers, and metals), structure-property relationships, biological responses to these materials, and their use in a clinical setting.  This class will also involve reading and discussing current peer reviewed journal articles in the area of biomaterials.  A literature-based research project will be conducted in groups and presented to the class at the end of the semester.

SE 01.501 Sustainable Engineering Fundamentals
Online Course
Kunal Patel

Sustainable Engineering incorporates development and implementation of products, processes, and systems that meet technical and cost objectives while protecting human health and welfare and elevating the protection of the biosphere as a criterion in engineering solutions.  This course will introduce the role of engineers in sustainability and provide tools to measure sustainable systems. 

SE01.502 Life Cycle Assessment
Online Course
Lise Laurin

This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of Life Cycle Assessment.  Students will apply the ISO 14000 standard methodology to perform a life cycle assessment of a product or process.  Students will perform assessments using process-based analysis models, input-output and hybrid approaches of life cycle assessments. Critical Assessments of published life cycle assessments will be conducted.  Extensive use of life cycle assessment software will be required for this course. Software programs will be used extensively in this course. 

BioPharmaceutical Design and Development –

Tuesday, 6:30 – 9 PM
Charles A. Clerecuzio, VP BioPharmaceuticals Industrial & Infrastructure, AMEC

This course introduces the methods used in industrial practice to carry out the preliminary specification of a biopharmaceutical facility. This capstone biochemical engineering course uses a case study format to work through a design from conceptualization at the biological level to preliminary specifications and cost estimates of a multi-million dollar facility. The key stages of biological drug development and launch will be outlined.  The differences between biological based drugs and small molecule drugs will be discussed.  The course is taught with significant industrial input and flavor by utilizing practicing engineers and scientists for many of the lectures. Students spend significant time working in groups and will prepare a single final report for each group that is presented to an industrial review team. A basic background in biochemical engineering is assumed.

Students can register on a matriculated or non-matriculated basis.  For more information on the Chemical Engineering graduate program or these courses contact Dr. Joseph F. Stanzione, III, ChE Graduate Coordinator, telephone  (856) 256-5356 or

All courses are held in the state-of-the-art $30M Rowan Hall, home of the College of Engineering.  Rowan University is located in the suburban town of Glassboro, 13 miles southeast of Philadelphia, on Rt. 322 near the junction of Rt. 55.  The campus is easily reached from I-295, New Jersey Turnpike, Atlantic City Expressway and Delaware River Bridges.  Campus address:  Rowan University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028. information on the graduate school for more information on Rowan Chemical Engineering