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Chemical Engineering is extremely broad and dynamic field of study with constantly emerging technologies which profoundly affect our lives. Hence, the program, aims at addressing the economical, industrial, medical, technological and other needs and demands of the society. The department of Chemical engineering is the nucleus of research and development in the areas of chemical process industries. Research Development in chemical engineering encompasses product and process development of various chemicals, petrochemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals and other medicines, agrochemicals, processed foods, energy (fuels, nuclear energy, others), pulp and paper, beverages, cement, ceramics, and many others. It is the chemical engineer who is responsible for conceiving (product, process, and equipment), designing, operating, controlling, optimizing, and improving (modifying and modernizing) the industries that produce the aforementioned products and myriads of others: the conception, creation (design), operation, control, optimization, and improvement of the processing and related industries. Research and development methods for minimizing the generation of air, liquid and solid wastes, and treating existing wastes, design waste treatment and pollution control equipment and also advise industry and government regarding environmental policies and standards. The instruction at the undergraduate level, therefore, will aim at providing the students a broad-based education with emphasis on theory and practice of Chemical Engineering keeping in views the current and future requirements of the country in industry.

For all intents and purpose Chemical engineering profession has been began in 1888 when Professor Lewis Norton of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) initiated the first four year bachelor program. In Ethiopia Chemical engineering has been began in 1976 E.C in, A.A.U, Bahir Dar University in 1991 E.C, Adama and Dire Dawa University in 2001 E.C, Mekelle University ( EiT-M) launched the program in 2003 E.C

The educational requirement for working as a chemical engineer is a minimum of five -year

Bachelor’s degree in Chemical engineering or its area of specialization. All persons working in these areas must have at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Graduates in chemical engineering from accredited institutions are eligible to work as chemical engineers. Nowadays, additional criteria such as experience, results of professional tests, and specializations are used set for granting licenses that enable practicing as professional chemical engineers.

Practical Experience

 Practical experience is a directed and structured activity in the practice of Chemical Engineering during their higher education and/ or following receipt of a professional degree but prior to registration / licensing / certification. During the study time, the student should have a practical exposure in the chemical and any process industries (e.g. textile, leather and tannery, food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, etc) either in the form of practical attachment or internship. Moreover, a common platform should be created between the university and industry in the form of Research and Consultancy services. The government and private organizations should facilitate the linkage between universities and the industries. In fact, required competency for the outcome of excellence is achieved by adding experience to the educational components of a student's learning. Experience is essential; experience coupled with formal education is very much valuable.

Chemical Engineers are involved in all kinds of industries namely food and drink, pharmaceuticals, energy, oil and gas, water, chemicals, materials such as plastics, metals and ceramics as well as products such as toiletries, fertilizers and detergents. Chemical Engineers are also involved in assessing health, safety and environmental issues including the growing field of recycling and cleaner production, manufacture of life-saving vaccines and managing projects for the treatment of wastewater. Chemical Engineers use the modern information technology extensively for process development, design and to solve industrial problems using sophisticated simulation software to simulate the processes.

 e.g. The following are the core services of chemical engineers

  • Conducting economic and technical feasibility studies in different fields of chemical and other process industries,
  • Modeling for process selection, design and evaluation, developing appropriate computer programs,
  • Designing, testing and commissioning (chemical) process and associated equipments and plants;
  • Managing  trouble-shoots and solving problems to optimize the production processes;
  • Overseeing the construction, modification, operation and maintenance of pilot plants, processing units or processing plants;
  • Advising management regarding the layout of industrial plants;
  • Acting as liaison between plant engineering personnel and equipment suppliers; preparing quotations and technical documents, coordinating the industrial construction projects;
  • Ensuring efficient, optimum, safe and environmentally responsible plant operation; establishing and conducting quality control programs; operating and assessment procedures and control strategies to ensure consistency and adhere to standards;
  • Cooperation with control and instrumentation specialists, supervision of and cooperation with other engineering personnel;
  • Advising industry and governmental bodies regarding environmental policies and standards;
  • Working in multidisciplinary environment as well as - especially under the conditions of globalization-in international cooperation or business;
  • Participating in research and development activities;
  • Working in sustainable energy technologies and   energy optimization systems; etc.

Head

 Seare G/meskel Program coordinator

 Department of chemical engineering

 Master ( from Addis Ababa university)

Chairs

 The department will have three chairs starting the coming year 2006; namely

  • Process engineering
  • Environmental engineering and
  • Biochemical engineering

Programs (Bachelor / Masters)

Bachelor of science in chemical engineering (undergraduate regular)

Projects

 Current projects on process conducted by chemical engineers are the following

  • Energy optimization in messebo industry
  • Production of Bio-briquette from Biomass wastes

Facts and Figures

The current List of academic staffs in the department of chemical engineering are the following

S/N

Name

Academic rank

Contact address

Remark

1

AbaboGeleta

GA -II

0913238261

 

2

Amhagiyorgismesfin

GA -II

0919015575

 

3

G/amlak W/regay

Lecturer

0910491263

 

4

MitikuTadele

Ass. Lecturer

0910559464

 

5

Seare G/meskel

Lecturer

0910593531

 

6

SemawKebede

Lecturer

0913700710

 

7

 

T.Phanindra Prasad

Lecturer

0924381556

 

8

WorkinehDesta

GA -II

0913383293

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Current Number of Chemical engineering students

2nd year: 90

3rd year: 120

Labs

 The current laboratories available here in functional are the following

  • Size analysis laboratory
  • Heat and mass transfer laboratory
  • Chemical reaction laboratory

Program: Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate

Year

No of undergraduate (UG) students

Regular

Evening

Summer

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

I

75

37

112

-

-

-

-

-

-

II

71

9

80

-

-

-

-

-

-

III

100

12

112

-

-

-

-

-

-

IV

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

V

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total Regular

students

304

Total Evening students

-

Total Summer students

-

Total UG Students =304

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:29