Chemical Engineering Graduate Degrees

chemical engineering stats_2.1 Ph.D. students to one faculty member_40 full-time graduate students_$2,136,060 in research awards_14 tenured and tenure-track faculty members

Research Areas and Faculty 

Researchers in this area combine chemical engineering and molecular biology to manufacture industrial enzymes and therapeutics. Faculty also focus on developing new membranes for separation processes.

Research Faculty

Dr. Ranil Wickramasinghe
swickram@uark.edu

Dr. Bob Beitle
rbeitle@uark.edu

Faculty in this area focus on thermodynamic modeling and process development for renewable fuels. Faculty also assess the sustainability of food and agriculture systems. 

Research Faculty

Dr. Michael Ackerson
mackers@uark.edu

Dr. Greg Thoma
gthoma@uark.edu

Faculty in this area focus on enabling more efficient recovery of energy from sunlight and water, as well as accelerating optical and electronic cyberinfrastructures. Researchers also concentrate on Alzheimer's Disease treatment, water contaminant sensing, and coatings for sensors and biomedical devices.

Research Faculty

Dr. Shannon Servoss
sservoss@uark.edu

Dr. Donald Roper
dkroper@uark.edu

Faculty in this area focus on membrane separations and polymeric materials to understand protein aggregation in diseases and to improve biosystems for the growth and conversion of algae into biofuels.

Research Faculty

Dr. Christa Hestekin
chesteki@uark.edu

Dr. Jamie Hestekin
jhesteki@uark.edu

Faculty in this area focus on the assessment of hazards of air borne materials released in the atmosphere including toxic and flammable materials by working with ultra-low-speed wind tunnel models and computer models.

Research Faculty

Dr. Tom Spicer
tos@uark.edu

Faculty in this area assess the sustainability of food and agriculture systems by researching crops, livestock, and biofuels.

Research Faculty

Dr. Greg Thoma
gthoma@uark.edu

Dr. Christa Hestekin
chesteki@uark.edu

Faculty in this area focus on developing new membranes for separation processes to improve water treatment, the manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals, and biofuels. Research is specifically conducted using charged based membrane separations.

Research Faculty

Dr. Mike Ackerson
mackers@uark.edu

Dr. Jamie Hestekin
jhesteki@uark.edu

Dr. David Ford
daveford@uark.edu

Dr. Bob Beitle
rbeitle@uark.edu

Dr. Lauren Greenlee
greenlee@uark.edu

Dr. Shannon Servoss
sservoss@uark.edu

Dr. Ranil Wickramasinghe
swickram@uark.edu

Faculty in this area develop and use molecular modeling and simulation tools to design new materials and processes.

Research Faculty

Dr. David Ford
daveford@uark.edu

Dr. Tom Spicer
tos@uark.edu

Researchers in this area focus on nanomaterials, nanoparticles, nanowires and advanced carbon materials for water treatment, sustainable agriculture and alternative energy applications. Faculty also concentrate the efficient recovery of energy from sunlight and water, epidemic disease, and optical and electronic cyberinfrastructures.

Research Faculty

Dr. Lauren Greenlee
greenlee@uark.edu

Dr. Donald Roper
dkroper@uark.edu

Research Center

Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology Center

Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology Center

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Chemical Hazards Research Center

Chemical Hazards Research Center


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Degrees Offered

Master's of Science in Chemical Engineering
Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering

Master's Program Length 

Coursework and Thesis:
Coursework: 24 hours
Thesis: 6 hours
Coursework only:
No coursework-only option

Ph.D. Program Length

From B.S.:
78 hours, including Doctoral Dissertation
From M.S.:
48 credit hours, including Doctoral Dissertation 

Application Deadline

Priority Deadline:
Fall: January 15 
Spring: October 1 
Regular Deadline:
Fall: May 1 
Spring: October

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