Process engineering program is meeting academic standards and industry needs
In 2010, Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science introduced a new undergraduate program in process engineering. The program is unique in Canada in that it focuses on the processing of natural resources to value-added products. The diverse program encompasses new development, design, optimization, and operation of sustainable processes for societal needs. Graduates of the program use biological, chemical and physical processing of substances to modify their nature, properties and/or composition to produce useful products, such as petrochemicals, gasoline, diesel, metals and alloys.
The program is currently undergoing its first accreditation process and the first group of students in the program will graduate in April of this year.
“We are extremely pleased with how successfully the process engineering program has been developing. The accreditation would confirm that this program meets very high standards and graduates of the program will, undoubtedly, meet the growing needs of the process and allied industries,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, the program’s chair.
Accreditation is conducted by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). It is a process whereby post-secondary undergraduate programs are evaluated according to national standards, such as curriculum requirements, faculty, resources and outcomes of the education.
During Memorial’s spring 2013 convocation, 38 process engineering students will receive their bachelor of engineering degree in process engineering. Dr. Khan is excited about the opportunities that this program will open up for the graduates.
“The graduates will be safety- and environmentally-conscious engineers, who will be very capable to meet the needs of industry for sustainable engineering development. They have a thorough knowledge of materials, chemical and physical sciences, and mathematics and an ability to apply this knowledge in an economical and sustainable way to society and industry.”