The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University offers thesis-based graduate programs leading to master of engineering (MEng) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees in process engineering. The focus of the programs is on research areas in processing and utilizing various natural resources to produce all types of high-value added products safely and sustainably. Specifically, research in the Department of Process Engineering at Memorial covers the topics of chemical and biochemical conversion of natural resources (forestry, food processing, oil and gas, and mineral industries) into useful intermediate industrial chemicals and ultimately end products; green recovery of valuable metals from low grade ores; contaminant removal (desulfurization, deoxygentation etc.) from solid fuels, crude oil and natural gas; modeling, design, simulation and optimal control of complex reactions, separation and integrated reaction-separation processes, etc. Areas of ongoing research in Process Engineering include:
• design/development of processes to convert waste to bio-fuels and bio-products
• safety and risk engineering
• biochemical conversion processes
• sustainability engineering
• waste to energy
• process modelling and control of the processing plants
The MEng program normally takes two years to complete and students are required to complete at least four courses, a seminar course and a thesis.
The PhD program usually takes three to four years to complete and comprises two courses beyond the master's level, completion of comprehensive examinations and a significant research thesis.
To be considered for admission to this MEng program, the minimum requirements will normally be a second-class degree in engineering preferably in chemical, natural resources processing, and environmental engineering or a relevant area of study from a recognized university.
To be considered for admission to this PhD program, the minimum requirements will normally be a Master's degree from a university of recognized standing, in chemical, natural resources processing, and environmental engineering or a relevant area of study.