Ask me about being a senior chemical engineering undergraduate student

#1
As it says.

I'm in a mood to answer anything and everything you've ever wanted to know about being a senior chemical engineering undergraduate student.

What I won't answer:

What school I'm at
Very specific contract details

(being stalked is a bitch)

So, shoot.

(If you think I'm lying to appear cool, that's your prerogative, but please just refrain from posting rather than posting "pics or it didn't happen" and the like. Thank you.)
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HAHAHAHAHA. Awesome.

List ALL of the major-related classes you have taken.
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#8
Why did you pick chemical engineering over chemistry in a science degree?
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how bad does being a chemical engineering student affect your sex life?


As long as I don't talk about it too much (and try to explain something in detail), I do just fine. Maybe not as well as if I went to an art school, but well enough. In my experience, engineering students are the way they are (i.e. socially inept, nerdy etc.) not because engineering made them that way, but because that's the sort of person who likes engineering as a subject. So if you're not that way and you choose engineering, you shouldn't expect it to effect you in any socially adverse way. To answer your question with a specific example, I lost my virginity a while ago to a chemical engineering grad student I met in the computer lab. So it hasn't been bad for me.

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Why did you want to become one?


At first, because I wanted to do a subject where you applied maths and physics to real problems in an industrial setting.

Now, I'm staying and going on to do a PhD because I like mathematics and this subject has a load of very interesting applications of mathematics.
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#12
how is p chem? i hear that is the main reason people switch majors. i ask because i am a chem E as well, but i strongly want to go into med. school, so i'm thinking about a more bio friendly major (right now i don't have much leeway to fufil lib. ed. requirements and some med. school requirements at the same time) such as biochem or just chemistry.
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#13
tell me about stable radical anions
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Win.
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i always despised chemistry. i loved biology though. probably because of the people teaching each subject i imagine.

anyways, how is job security looking? i see you're going for your PhD. looking into teaching?
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tell me about stable radical anions

That doesn't make any sense. If an organic compound is undergoing halogenation the radicals are very reactive right?
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is this a thread for u to show off uur chemical skillz ?
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HAHAHAHAHA. Awesome.

List ALL of the major-related classes you have taken.


Starting with 1st year, missing a couple because I can't remember exactly:

Introduction to Chem Eng
Transport phenomena I
Chemical Eng Thermodynamics
Chem Eng Labs I
Chemistry I
Engineering Mathematics I

2nd:

Process Heat Transfer
Computer Aided Chemical Engineering
Chemistry II
Engineering Mathematics II
Chem Eng Labs II
Particulate Systems and Separation Processes
Mass Transfer Operations

3rd:

Transport Phenomena II
Design Project (3 courses worth of work)
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Advanced Materials Processes
Process Dynamics and Control

4th, so far:

Advanced Thermodynamics (graduate course)
Mathematical Methods of Chemical Engineering (graduate course)
Research Project

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Why did you pick chemical engineering over chemistry in a science degree?


Chemical engineering has a lot less chemistry than you'd think. Look above: 2 chemistry courses. We use a lot of basic chemistry, I probably use chemistry that I learned at A-level (high school in the UK) more often than the chemistry I've learnt since.

If you think about a chemical plant or oil refinery, there isn't that much chemistry going on. The chemists work out what reactions happen, and maybe they give you a bunch of data on the properties of different chemical mixtures (how they boil, what the composition of the vapour is etc.). Then the problems are with control of dynamical systems (e.g. if the composition of the crude oil going into a refinery changes slightly, how do you control your refinery to maintain the composition of your products?), or with design (e.g. what's the optimal type, size and shape of chemical reactor for this reaction? What temperature, pressure etc. should it be operated at?).

So chemists often give us the basic information, information that I wouldn't know how to get otherwise.

Also, like I said before, I wanted to do an applied subject. As it ended up, I would almost rather be doing mathematics, but I'm very happy where I am.
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how is p chem? i hear that is the main reason people switch majors. i ask because i am a chem E as well, but i strongly want to go into med. school, so i'm thinking about a more bio friendly major (right now i don't have much leeway to fufil lib. ed. requirements and some med. school requirements at the same time) such as biochem or just chemistry.


I only had to do a bit of physical chemistry. I normally study in the UK (on exchange this semester to the US though), I'm not sure how it matches up with the US. I had to do some quantum mechanics, if that helps.

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i always despised chemistry. i loved biology though. probably because of the people teaching each subject i imagine.

anyways, how is job security looking? i see you're going for your PhD. looking into teaching?


Job prospects should be excellent. Chemical engineering was instrumental in the boom in the petrochemical industry, and it's now going to be instrumental in the transition to sustainable technologies (sort of like somebody who mugs your cell phone off you, then comes up to you and asks for a ransom).

I am looking into teaching, but mainly because I'm an independent sort and want to be able to direct my own work as a professor. That's why I'm doing a PhD instead of getting a job and a boss somewhere.

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Surprisingly warm and comforting.

And tight.

Like... your mother?
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I have an on-campus job where we televise graduate-school lectures to employees at a national research facility and they get to do their masters degrees while working full time. I'm one of the camera operators, and one of the classes I'm doing this quarter is Advanced Fluid Mechanics, a Chemical Engineering class. They do some really interesting stuff, like flow around particles and objects. I learned about the Reynolds Transport Theorem the other day, and it was pretty rad.
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Hahahahaha, I read the title and I thought this was stupid, but then I realized that this is the greatest thread ever! High five.
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Hahahahaha, I read the title and I thought this was stupid, but then I realized that this is the greatest thread ever! High five.


It is!

Come on, we're only about 100 posts away from that other "Ask me about..." thread by that other douche.

We can do it if we work together!

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I have an on-campus job where we televise graduate-school lectures to employees at a national research facility and they get to do their masters degrees while working full time. I'm one of the camera operators, and one of the classes I'm doing this quarter is Advanced Fluid Mechanics, a Chemical Engineering class. They do some really interesting stuff, like flow around particles and objects. I learned about the Reynolds Transport Theorem the other day, and it was pretty rad.


It is pretty rad. Deep mathematical formulations of common-sense stuff like that is why I love my subject.
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I'll keep asking you questions till we beat the other thread.

Teach me organic chemistry in the next hour. Go.
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Chemical engineering has a lot less chemistry than you'd think. Look above: 2 chemistry courses. We use a lot of basic chemistry, I probably use chemistry that I learned at A-level (high school in the UK) more often than the chemistry I've learnt since.

I'm in 1st year engineering and I've had a lot of upper-year students tell me much of the same (if you love chemistry, you're not necessarily going to like Chem Eng). I've always been good with chemistry so I'm thinking of going into Materials Engineering. Your courses beyond first year, are they based more on math/physics/design stuff then?

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Surprisingly warm and comforting.

And tight.

Like... your mother?


Oh, sick burn there I started off doing Chem, then switched to Bio now I'm stuck on Electrical Engineering. It's funny how most of the engineering courses are somewhat related.
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#29
^ Math and Physics are interesting because you can describe almost everything you see in this world using mathematical models. It's not everyone's calling, but those who enjoy math and physics tend to be engineers.
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