Chemical Engineering

History

Chemical Engineering is a branch of science with a focus on chemical processes and their implementation on commercial scale production facilities.

The chemical engineering discipline has played a fundamental role in the history of Indonesia, from the pre-World War II era, after the Proclamation of Independence, and in the current development era.

The chemical engineering education in Indonesia was initiated in the early 20th century by the establishment of the Civil Technical School to address the need for manpower for agricultural industries such as sugar and rubber, and in oil refineries. The first dedicated Chemical Engineering program, however, was only introduced in 1940.

Although the Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Program in Indonesia was initiated in 1940, it was officially institutionalized in 1941 with the establishment of the Chemische Technologie department in Technische Hogeschool Bandung by the Dutch East Indies colonial government.

Founded in 1941, the Chemical Engineering Department of the Faculty of Industrial Technology at ITB (Bandung Institute of Technology) is the oldest existing Chemical Engineering educational institution in the nation.

Aims

Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program (bachelors) offered by the Degree Program of Chemical Engineering at Faculty of Industrial Technology ITB has a goal of creating and preparing students to become bachelor in Chemical Engineering who possesses basic competencies such as:

  1. a good understanding to be able to do and solve standard-based calculations, as well as solving simple problems of chemical engineering, both as junior engineers and as operating engineers as well as planning engineers.
  2. able to expand their knowledge to solve more complicated chemical engineering problems, based on the standards given, under supervision of senior engineers.
  3. Able to develop themselves to become senior engineers through a continuous process of learning and practicing in their profession for minimal 3 years.

Master Program

The graduate program (masters) offered by the Degree Program of Chemical Engineering at Faculty of Industrial Technology ITB has a goal of creating and preparing students to become Master in Chemical Engineering who possesses competencies such as:

  1. Able to integrate basic science of engineering chemistry and science of chemistry, to solve complicated problems in the field of chemical engineering.
  2. Able to analyze and solve problems given in the field of chemical engineering using the suitable method.
  3. Able to recreate experiment, identify problems, and finally solve them systematically through experiments, and interpret data collected to solve the problems.

Doctoral Program

The doctoral program offered by the Degree Program of Chemical Engineering at Faculty of Industrial Technology ITB has a goal of creating and preparing students to become Doctor in Chemical Engineering who possesses competency to develop new concepts of the science of chemical engineering which is useful for the development of the field of chemical engineering.

Curriculum

Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate level education in the Department of Chemical Engineering at ITB begins by strengthening the fundamental sciences (mathematics, physics, and chemistry), followed by an introduction to the general technology of the chemical process industries and process systems. The students are then introduced to the basic chemical engineering sciences, namely thermodynamics, mass and energy balances, chemical reaction kinetics, transport phenomena, and supporting tools for applying the basic engineering sciences to analyze various chemical engineering phenomena. The students learn to apply the basic engineering sciences in design analysis, performance evaluation, unit process control, and the chemical engineering operations. Further applicative learning is cultivated in courses ranging from fluid mechanics, heat transfer, diffusive separation, transport phenomena, chemical reaction engineering, control of process systems, and chemical technology/unit operations laboratories. In parallel with these applicative courses, the students also learn about materials of construction, chemical product formulation and production, industrial waste management, process economic evaluation, and plant utility systems.

At the final stage of their undergraduate study, the students are trained to synthesize and apply their accumulated knowledge and skills by doing the following:

  1. planning and designing a complete industrial production system, which is embedded in the Process Design, Plant Design Project, and Project Management courses
  2. formulating, analyzing, and solving a relatively complex chemical engineering problems and communicating their findings; this is realized in the Preparatory Research and Seminar, and Research Project courses
  3. recognizing and understanding the organizational and operational aspects of real-life commercial chemical plants through Industrial Internships of two calendar months duration.

Finally, a host of elective courses are offered to expand the students’ horizon and to further enhance their knowledge in various specific areas of chemical engineering.

The degree course is offered in the following three versions or strands:

  1. Chemical Technology
  2. Bioprocess Technology and
  3. Food Technology.

The curriculum of undergraduate program consists of 144 credits semester which can be completed in 8 semesters or 4 years.

Master Program

In the graduate program, the students require 36 credits to graduate a master of engineering degree in chemical engineering (3 semesters). The curriculum is divided into three categories:

  1. core courses : consist of advance chemical engineering principles and analyses
  2. elective courses : the aim of these courses is to give the students a broader perspective in chemical engineering
  3. Master’s thesis: consist of a research proposal and a research project. This work gives the students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge in particular areas as well provides a training in research and project planning.

There are two options in this program, i.e.; 1) Process Engineering and 2) Process Research.

Doctoral Program

The doctoral program offered by the Degree Program of Chemical Engineering at Faculty of Industrial Technology ITB has a goal of creating and preparing students to become Doctor in Chemical Engineering who possesses competency to develop new concepts of the science of chemical engineering which is useful for the development of the field of chemical engineering.

The curriculum of doctoral program could be completed within 6 semesters (3 years) or maximum 5 years.

Facilities

For improving the scientific research activities, Chemical Engineering Degree Program established 10 research laboratories equipped with complete education and research facilities. These labs are listed below:

  1. Industrial Process and Product Engineering Laboratory
  2. Membrane and Polymer Technology Laboratory
  3. Ceramics Technology Laboratory
  4. Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis Laboratory
  5. Electrochemistry Conversion Laboratory
  6. Bioprocess and Microbiology Technology Laboratory
  7. Purification and Separation Process Laboratory
  8. Utility System and Fluid Thermodynamics Laboratory
  9. Process Equipment Laboratory
  10. Process Design and Control Methodology Laboratory

In Addition, for supporting academic and research activity, Chemical Engineering Department has supporting facilities, such as:

  1. Chemical Engineering Department’s library which has about 10000 books collections.
  2. Instructional Laboratory for organizing routine laboratory study experiment.
  3. Pilot laboratory for organizing large scale experiment
  4. Analytical Instruments Laboratory which provides state of the earth equipment, such as AAS, FTIR, BET surface area analyzer, XRD, etc.
  5. Computer laboratory which provided more than 70 computers connected to LAN/internet.
  6. PC and LAN/internet facilities for every research laboratory.
  7. Workshop (metal, glass, and wood) for making experiment/research equipments,
  8. Multimedia facilities (notebooks and LCD projectors) for supporting case study and
  9. Package of computer application and license process simulation of Chemical Engineering which set up at LAN Chemical Engineering-ITB system for the lecturing process, research, and the making of final assignments.

Career Opportunities

Carrier Prospect for Chemical Engineering graduates could be in:

  1. Chemical Process Plants, Food Processing Plants, Petrochemical Plants, etc.
  2. Engineering Services (Design of Chemical Process, Factory Equipment Supplying, Construction Substance Supplying, Chemical Factory Development)
  3. Surface Production Facilities at the Oil and Gas Industries and Geothermal Power Plants
  4. Government Institution
  5. Educational Institution
  6. Research Institution
  7. Bank
  8. Entrepreneurship
  9. etc