The distinctive characteristics of the K-State chemical engineering graduate program include the following:
An emphasis on educating Ph.D. students
The department admits primarily Ph.D. candidates, with the goal of increasing its research productivity and enhancing its recognition among peer institutes.
Strong financial support
All on-campus graduate students receive competitive stipends in addition to their tuition. This solid financial support makes it possible for students to focus on their studies and research. Therefore, the department is selective in accepting the highest quality, most committed applicants to the program.
Extensive multidisciplinary collaborations
Faculty and graduate students collaborate with a wide variety of other disciplines and institutions (both universities and government laboratories) to access needed expertise for their projects. Many of the papers from the department involve coauthors from other disciplines and institutions. Recent collaborators include faculty and researchers from countries such as Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, and Sweden, and from disciplines such as chemistry, biochemistry, grain science, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science. These collaborative efforts are tremendously beneficial to students’ educational experience by providing a wide range of perspectives.
Excellent educational and professional development opportunities
Courses are comprised of a combination of advanced courses in thermodynamics, reaction engineering, transport phenomena and process systems engineering. These courses and elective courses in mathematics, sciences, and engineering fields develop depth and enable students to acquire expertise in their specialties. Through research, students learn new analytical and experimental skills, strategies for problem solving, and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. Students learn effective oral and written communication through presentations at professional meetings and publications in technical journals. They also work closely with their advisers and collaborators, learning from their experiences and expertise. This frequently involves traveling to attend meetings or visiting government laboratories and other universities, where students can interact with colleagues in their fields. Upon completing their education, they find a multitude of unique employment opportunities in academia, private industries, public institutions and government agencies.
Research with major impact
Research in the department addresses problems of foremost societal significance and of vital economic importance. Major topics addressed encompass sustainable energy production, storage, and transmission; the environment; homeland security; health; catalysis; semiconductors; separations; nanoparticles; and process synthesis. Studies are both fundamental-- generating new knowledge, and applied -- developing new processes and technologies. The research advances existing industries and spawns new enterprises. Graduates from the program are capable of becoming leaders in their respective fields of choice.