Capstone Design

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The undergraduate programs in the Department culminate in a significant design experience delivered through a Capstone Design course. This experience is based on the knowledge and skills acquired through work and study and provides students an involvement in team work and project management.

Students work in teams under the supervision of a faculty advisor and, when possible, mentored by a practicing professional engineering from industry to ensure relevance and quality. Students carry out the design and economic assessment of a major, environmentally-sound process in chemical and/or biological engineering.

The Capstone Design course is a 2-term, 6-credit course for Department undergraduate engineering students in their final year:

  • CHBE 453 (6) Biological Process and Product Design
    Design and economic assessment of a major biological engineering process. Students perform the synthesis of a detailed design for a practical and environmentally sound process.
    This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. [2-0-10]
    Prerequisite: All of BIOL 112, CHBE 346, CHBE 356, CHBE 376, CHBE 381.
    Corequisite: All of CHBE 457, CHBE 459.
  • CHBE 454 (6) Chemical Process and Product Design
    Design and economic assessment of a major chemical engineering process. Students perform the synthesis of a detailed design for a practical and environmentally sound process. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. [2-0-10]
    Prerequisite: All of CHBE 346, CHBE 351, CHBE 356, CHBE 376.
    Corequisite: All of CHBE 457, CHBE 459.