2006 Department Activity Report


Chemical Engineering


Prepared Spring 2007




Don Weinkauf

 Chemical Engineering Chair







Critical Needs for 2007:


1.    Carry Over from 2003:  Carry out plan to increase “bodies” involved with Chemical Engineering students (FTE = 4.0) Owner Weinkauf/Gerity  


2.    Carry Over from 2002:  Initiate “Real” Space and Utilization Dialogue with all Dept’s in building - Owner: Weinkauf / Administration  

Chemical Engineering Program Mission:


The mission of our program is to engage and prepare students for professional careers which require command of the principles of Chemical Engineering. We will focus on the development of complete engineers who can foster innovation through know-how and champion ideas through effective communication. We will deliver a thorough education with insightful teaching, an innovative curriculum, research opportunities, summer job experiences, and channels for permanent, successful careers. All of our efforts are done in the context of providing the human and technical resources critical to enhancing the vitality of the State of New Mexico and the people and businesses that thrive within this region. Like our counterparts in industry, we recognize that achievement of our mission can only be accomplished by continual self-assessment and actions to improve.


Educational Objectives

The following objectives have been established by the program faculty in conjunction with our students and advisors from industry.  They describe the characteristics and expected accomplishments of our future alumni.

  1. Our graduates will be complete engineers who can:  solve problems, experiment, innovate, be resourceful, and champion ideas through effective communication.
  2. Our graduates will possess an understanding of the broad reach of a modern Chemical Engineering education and the array of knowledge required to implement solutions which will benefit our society.
  3. Our graduates will be engaged in successful careers covering the spectrum of fields which require a command of the principles of Chemical Engineering.
  4. Our graduates will benefit from a lifelong love of learning, opening doors to graduate study and enabling graduates to adapt to changes and opportunities in the profession.

Report Table of Contents                                                          page

Recommended Actions and Ownership for 2005 - Status          4

Teaching Effectiveness and Loads                                               5

Research Productivity                                                                    6

Enrollment                                                                                        8

Recommended Actions and Ownership for 2006                         9


Assessment Report Submitted Under Separate Cover




Recommended Actions and Ownership for 2006:


1.    Carry Over:  Carry out plan to increase “bodies” involved with Chemical Engineering students (FTE = 4.0) Owner Weinkauf/Gerity   GOAL NOT MET


2.    Carry Over:  Initiate “Real” Space and Utilization Dialogue with all Dept’s in building - Owner: Weinkauf / Administration   GOAL NOT MET


3.    Carry Over: Develop 5 Year Plan.  Owner:  ChE Faculty   Due March 2007.   ON TRACK


4.    Understand the career goals and ensure satisfaction of our faculty:  Owner:  Weinkauf / VP Romero.  GOAL MET


5.    Reach out to elder alumni to become involved in the development and direction of the program.  Owner:  Weinkauf  GOAL MET


6.    Bring all faculty in line with expectations for excellence.  Owner:  Chair   GOAL MET


7.    Begin clearly addressing ABET concerns and corrected shortcomings.  Owners:  ChE Faculty.  ON TRACK


Recommended Actions and Ownership for 2005:


1.    Carry Over:  Carry out plan to increase “bodies” involved with Chemical Engineering students (FTE = 4.0)  GOAL NOT MET


2.    Carry Over:  Initiate “Real” Space and Utilization Dialogue with all Dept’s in building - Owner:  Weinkauf / VPAA – GOAL NOT MET


3.    Carry Over:  Reinvigorate Freshmen Recruiting Plan - Goal of 20 New ChE Fall 2005 - Owner:  Jeon/Dong – GOAL MET w/ 24 new ChE Freshmen – however no concrete new plan developed.


4.    Continue to Develop Graduate Component of Work - Goal 90 Credit Hrs/Yr by Fall 2006 - Owner: ChE Faculty - GOAL MET w/ 114 graduate credit hours assigned to ChE Faculty


5.    Continue to Assess Program and Assessment Plan:  Owner: Advisory Board/ChE Faculty - GOAL MET w/ ABET Accreditation


6.    Increase quality of Chemical Engineering Lab Experience.  Owners:  Weinkauf/Dong/Jeon.- GOAL MET w/ new lab equipment brought on-line.


7.    Maintain research expenditure and publication momentum (ChE Faculty). GOAL MET w/ highest publication rate on campus

Teaching Effectiveness and Loads


The one remaining faculty member in the department has increased his overall Quality of Instruction Score in each of the last 4 years.  During this period, the number of student credit hours taught in both the graduate and undergraduate levels increased significantly. 






































Total Undergrad Student Credit Hrs







Total Graduate

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The teaching and graduate advising loads of the program continue to show positive formula funding for the past seven years. 


Figure 1.        FTE formula funding from teaching load normalized to the program budget. 


Research Productivity


Publications:  Despite the purely undergraduate nature of the Chemical Engineering Department, we continue one of the highest levels of research activity per FTE on campus.  In 2005, our 3.5 FTE produced 10 science citation indexed journal articles.  According to the Materials Engineering SCI statistics (See Figure 2), the Chemical Engineering program has the highest 3-year running average SCI publication rate on campus (2.1 publications/FTE). 


While Chemical Engineering has consistently had high average publications per faculty, this marks that 2nd year in a row that Chemical Engineering has achieved the highest publication rate on campus.




Figure 2.        3 year running average of Science Citation Index publications per FTE.  (2003 light blue, 2004 white, 2005 dark grey) Note:  Chemical Engineering publishes at the highest rate at New Mexico Tech.



Number of Graduate Students:  The departmental goal is to maintain a graduate population of 3 students per FTE (that is grad. Students advised by Chemical Engineering faculty).  At present, 3 graduate students and 2 (two) post-grads are advised by our one ChemE faculty member.  This balance meets our departmental goals.  As an additional measure of this effort, despite the reduced faculty, we were close to achieving our departmental goal of 90 graduate student credit hours with total of 83. 


Research Funding:  One tracking measurement of our ability to attain the desired level of graduate student involvement is the annualized grant dollars received for any particular year.  Annualized grants received by the 3 Chemical Engineering research faculty (Dong, Jeon, and Weinkauf) increased from 516k$ in 2004 to 745k$ in 2005, and is now 878k$.  The total represents over 250 k$/FTE (See Figure 3). The expected mark for 2007 will be reduced significantly due to faculty departures.



Figure 3.        Chemical Engineering research expenditures per FTE..




The Chemical Engineering Program will maintain enrollment in the range of 16 – 20 undergraduates per FTE of faculty resources committed to the program.  As shown in Figures 4 and 5, Chemical Engineering maintains a robust enrollment meeting or exceeding our stated goals.



Figure 4.        Current and Expected Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Enrollment as well as number of entering Freshmen each fall.



Figure 5.        Undergraduate Engineering Enrollment per FTE (Fall 2006)