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Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Faculty working with Students: 47
Students: 5
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 7.0 IELTS Minimum score

Degree Description:

Faculty research is broadly focused in three areas: sustainable energy systems, biomolecular engineering, and biomechanics. Within these areas projects are focused on chemical and biological catalysis and kinetics; chemical and biological fuel cells; biofilm engineering; novel sensor technologies; cardiac and reproductive molecular engineering; and molecular, cellular, and musculoskeletal mechanics. The graduate programs are flexible, allowing students to develop a program that fits individual needs. A Master of Science is typically completed in 1-2 years.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  To enable students to develop as successful professionals for highly competitive positions in industry, government, and academia:
    •  To achieve mastery of the knowledge in their fields and the ability to apply associated technologies to novel and emerging problems.
    •  To present research to local, regional, national, and international audiences through publications in professional journals and/or conference papers given in a range  of venues, from graduate seminars to professional meetings.
    •  To participate in appropriate professional organizations.
    •  To broaden their professional foundations through activities such as: teaching, internships, fellowships, laboratory rotations and grant applications.
  2.  To prepare students to be effective researchers in the fields of chemical engineering or bioengineering:
    •  To prepare students to be effective chemical engineering researchers.
  3.  To enhance the national visibility of the doctoral programs in chemical engineering and bioengineering:
    • To attract, retain and graduate high-quality students.
    • To enhance doctoral education by offering advanced courses, providing support such as fellowships, research funds, and travel to conferences.
    • To attract, retain, and advance research-active faculty.
    • To provide regional, national, and international opportunities for collaboration.

Student Opportunities:

The Voiland School offers excellent research facilities, the flexibility to design an individualized academic program, and the ability to work closly with highly engaged faculty. We also offer students the opportunity to participate in an NIH (National Institutes of Health) sponsored training program in protein Biochemistry, and we encourage students to participate in internship programs at partner institutions. One of the main partners involved in our internship programs is Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL specializes in analyzing and understanding the impacts of the interface between science and society.

Faculty Members:

Abu-Lail, Nehal, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Nanoscale Cellular Interactions and Mechanics

Ahring, Birgitte, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Microbiology, biofuels, biochemicals

Bernstein, Hans

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Biodesign, Multi-omics, Microbial Ecology, Biofilms and Microgradients, Predictive Models

Beyenal, Haluk, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Biofilm and Fuel Cells

Chandra, Murali, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Regulation of the contractile machinery of heart muscle cells, and how myofilament remodeling is linked to pathogenesis of heart diseases.

Chen, Shulin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Bioprocessing and Bioproducts Engineering
Land, Air, Water, and Environmental Engineering

Clark, Sue, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Current research areas include chemistry of radioactive waste systems, environmental chemistry, actinide separations, and radioanalytical chemistry.

Davis, Howard P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Engineering and entrepreneurship pedagogy, technology development and clinical applications of biomedical instrumentation.

Dohnalek, Zdenek

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Experimental Studies of Fundamental Model Systems that are Necessary to Understand Complex Processes that Take Place in Heterogeneous Catalysis and Environment

Dong, Wenji, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Cardiac Muscle Biology and Mechanics, Protein Chemistry and Engineering, Fluorescence Techniques, Computer Modeling, Nanoscale Biosensor Design and Engineering

Fredrickson, Jim

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Garcia-Perez, Manuel, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Bioprocessing and Bioproducts Engineering
Thermo-chemical conversion of biomass (Pyrolysis, Gasification and Combustion)
Bio-fuels and biomass derived products
Production of hydrogen
Development and implementation of new bio-refinery concepts
Environmental impact of biomass thermochemical products

Ha, Su, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Energy generations from alternative fuels.

Heldebrant, David, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Design and Development of Switchable Ionic Liquids that Chemically Capture Acid Gases such as Carbon Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide from Power Plant Gas Emissions; Amine Boranes as Potential High Energy Density Fuels for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Ivory, Cornelius F, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Bioseparations, multidimensional MEMS proteomics chips, elecdtrofocusing, chromatography, centrifugal fractionation of cells, organelles and proteins, hydrodynamic and electrical instabilities

Jobson, Thomas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Measurement of Trace Organic Gases in the Atmosphere
Trace Gas Instrumentation
Tropospheric Photochemistry
Biogeochemical Cycling
Global Climate Change

Kang, Chulhee, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

SR Calcium Regulation in Cardiac Muscle
Biochemical approaches for cancer-associated proteins and UV-damaged DNA to develop anticancer drugs. Enzyme and Plant engineering for effective generation for biofuel.

Kostyukova, Alla S, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Regulation of actin dynamics by actin-binding proteins, protein structure and protein-protein interactions, circular dichroism.

Kruse, Norbert, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Heterogeneous catalysis: from fundamentals to industrial applications.

Levin, Marc, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Process/Technical Safety, Catalysis, Plant Design

Lin, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Integrated mechanical properties of skeletal muscle and spinal reflexes. Multiscale modeling of muscle contractile properties.

Lin, Hongfei, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Catalyst Synthesis and Application, Catalytic Conversion of biomass, CO2 Reduction, Renewable Hydrogen Production, Fuel Cell Electrocatalysis, Advanced Functional Nanmaterials, Photocatalysis

Lindemann, Stephen

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Microbiology

Marin-Flores, Oscar Gerardo

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Biomass Conversion, Hydrogen Production for Fuel Cells Applications via Reforming of Liquid Fuels, Direct Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Mathematical Modeling of Fuel Cell Systems, Photocatalytic/Electrochemical Processes for CO2 Mitigation.

Marina, Olga

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Advanced Materials for Fuel Cells, Electrolysers, and Gas Separation Membranes; Direct Electrochemical Conversion of Fuels; Electrosynthesis and Electrocatalysis; Chemical Cogeneration

McEwen, Jean-Sabin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Atomistic modeling of catalytic processes for energy applications within the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering.

Norton, M Grant, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Ceramic materials, nanotechnology, alternative energy.

Petersen, James N, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

* Bioremediation of contaminated aqueous systems
* Modeling of biological processing operations
* On-line optimization of biological processes

Pfromm, Peter

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Renslow, Ryan

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Microbial Communities, Biofilms, and Interspecies Interactions

Rezac, Mary

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Saunders, Steven, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Nanotechnology for novel catalytic systems, sustainable solvent technologies.

Schulz, Kirk, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Catalysis, Surface Science, Materials Science

Scudiero, Louis, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Sonnichsen, Christian

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Sun, Junming

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Bio-mass Conversion, Catalytic Bio-Oil Upgrading, Hydrogen and Fuel Production by Ethanol Steam Reforming, Nano-Catalysis, and Synthesis of Nano-Metal/Metal Oxide

Tanner, Bert, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Normal, Mutated, and Diseased Proteins that Influence Muscle Contraction and Relaxation

Thiessen, David, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Fluid Mechanics of Drops, Bubbles, and Capillary Channels, Applications in Microgravity

Vasavada, Anita, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Biomechanics and neural control of the musculoskeletal system, focusing on the human head and neck system.

Wang, Yong, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Development of novel catalytic materials and reaction engineering for the conversion of fossil and biomass feedstocks to fuels and chemicals.

White, Jim

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Wie, Bernard J. Van, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Biosensors, Biomedical Processes, Mammalian Cell & Tissue Culture, Engineering Education

Wolcott, Michael P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Wright, Aaron, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Research Focus: Activity-Based Protein Profiling of Microbes and Microbial Communities Involved in Biofuel Production and Drug Metabolism

Wu, Di, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Heterogeneous Catalysis, Porous Materials, Surface Science, Materials Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Nanogeoscience and Nanotechnology

Zhang, Xiao, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Biomass chemistry, biomass conversion to bioproducts & bioenergy.

Zollars, Richard L.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Contact Information:

Samantha Bailey
Washington State University
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Pullman, WA 99164-6515
509-335-4001
509-335-4806