CHE 210: Introduction to Computing

This course provides an introduction to Computing and calculations for chemical engineering problems as well as an overview of the basic principles for mass balances in chemical engineering. An emphasis of this course is setting up problems and defining spreadsheet-based calculations for problem solving. Overall, this course will provide an introduction to the principles and calculation techniques used in the field of Chemical Engineering.

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

This graduate/undergraduate course surveys specific mechanisms in living systems that serve to regulate cellular function. Most of our discussions will hinge on current and exciting literature findings that are revolutionizing this field. We discuss various regulatory mechanisms, focused on control schemes around transcription. We explore  the role of these systems in bacterial pathogenesis and  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.