CHE 317: Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis

This course lays the foundation for nearly all chemical engineering courses and analysis. In this course students learn how to formulate the balances that govern systems where mass and energy is exchanged. Students also learn how to apply these principles to the design and analysis of chemical processes. Dr. Contreras uses a molecular focus to teach students logic and to nurture the development of “physical intuition” for chemical processes.

CHE 322: Thermodynamics

This course provides an overview of thermodynamics and its role in analyzing processes encountered in engineering practice, including cycles and flows. We will also discuss basic thermodynamic laws and property models of pure substances. As examples of  applications of concepts learned, we will look at engines, turbines, and power plant cycles.

CHE 379/384: Fundamentals and applications of cellular regulation

The course surveys specific mechanisms in living systems that serve to regulate cellular function. Most of our discussions will hinge on current literature findings. We discuss various regulatory mechanisms, focused on control schemes around transcription. We explore  the role of these systems in bacterial pathogenesis and in some model eukaryotic systems, experimental ways to assay various features of these mechanisms, the sensitivity of these systems to structural and chemical changes, their synthetic applications, and their roles as drug targets. We  also explore the epigenome, mechanisms of imprinting, and control of chromatin structure in regulation by  focusing on current  study cases from the literature.