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Core engineering courses taught by Dr. Sriram

ENCH215: Chemical Engineering Analysis (Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010)
ENCH300: Chemical Process Thermodynamics (Spring 2009, Spring 2010)
BIOE120: Biology for Engineers (Spring 2011, Spring 2012)

Elective course: Metabolic Pathway Engineering

Metabolic Pathway Engineering: ENCH468M/BIOE489L (undergraduate version), ENCH648M/BIOE689L (graduate version), (Fall 2011, Fall 2012)

Fall 2012: MW 4:30 to 5:45 in CHE 2136; Credits: 3. This course will have different objectives and grading schemes for undergrad and grad levels.

Prerequisites: Kinetics/reaction engineering (e.g. ENCH440), computer applications in (chemical or bio)engineering (e.g. ENCH250 or BIOE241). A working knowledge of matrix algebra, MATLAB and ordinary differential equations is desirable.

No previous knowledge of biology is required; the first two weeks will be spent in a review of the requisite biology.

Satisfies the "significant biological content" criterion for ENCH electives

This course will cover the state-of-the-art in the area of metabolic engineering. This recent application of chemical engineering focuses on analyzing and engineering of metabolic pathways (sequences of chemical reactions in living organisms) for the benefit of humanity. Metabolic engineering is becoming increasingly popular in both industry and academia because it holds the promise of finding sustainable methods to manufacture fuels, chemicals, therapeutics and food for a growing world population.

This class will cover both theory and applications of metabolic engineering. Theory will include mathematical analysis of biological networks and the use of these insights in engineering organisms to improve their performance. Applications will include metabolic engineering for biofuels and biorenewable chemical synthesis, synthetic biology and systems biology.

Because metabolic engineering is a growing, dynamic field, the course will equally rely on an online textbook and scholarly articles from scientific journals.

Research credits

To register for research credits through ENCH468 (undergraduate) or ENCH648, 799, 898 or 899 (graduate), please contact Dr. Sriram.