Senior Design

Senior Design

A major component of the chemical engineering undergraduate curriculum at Michigan Tech is the Senior Design experience, which occurs during the student’s senior year. Senior Design is six credits and lasts two semesters. This experience touches on both team and individual design problems graduates may face in industry. It also allows students to utilize material taught in the sophomore- and junior-level courses, as well as incorporates engineering economics, safety, and environmental topics covered in senior-level classes.

The following courses comprise the requirements of the chemical engineering senior design experience.

CM 4855 - CM Process Analysis & Design I

Capstone technical and economic evaluations of processes and unit operations. Application of cost estimation, energy efficiency, and economic evaluation techniques. Teams analyze an existing facility, identify improvement opportunities, demonstrate the economic consequences, and recommend a course of action.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Chemical Engineering
Pre-Requisite(s): CM 3120 and CM 3230 and CM 3410(C) and CM 3510 and CH 2410

CM 4860 - CM Process Analysis & Design 2

Process and project design principles applied to realistic problems, including project evaluation and management. Problems include safety, environmental, and operability constraints. Emphasizes the profit motive in industry and the role of the chemical engineer.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Chemical Engineering
Pre-Requisite(s): CM 4855

CM 4861 - CM Design Laboratory 2

As an alternative to CM4861, students may participate in the Enterprise Program or a design project through another University department.

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Senior Design emphasizes solid, practical training that prepares students to transition seamlessly to industry. Students tackle open-ended chemical engineering problems that reflect the work graduates will likely encounter on their first job.