Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers

Event Start Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Event End Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Event Start Time: 8:00 AM

Event End Time: 5:00 PM

Hours: 16

CEUs: 1.6

Event Cost: $799.00 (Light breakfast items and lunch included at no additional cost.)

About the Course

This course presents engineering fundamentals and applications at a process plant from a chemical engineer's perspective.

Course Outline

Day 1: Fundamentals


Mass and Energy Balances

• Units and Conversions

• Material Balances

• Thermodynamics and Energy Balances

Transport Processes

• Basic Equations of Fluids

• Laminar and Turbulent Flow

• Mass Balances (continuity equations)

• Mechanical Energy Balances

• Compressible Flow

• Heat Transfer

• Conduction (Fourier's Law)

• Convection

• Radiation

• Mass Transfer

• Fick's Law

• Mass Transfer Coefficients

• Phase Equilibrium Relationship

• Raoult's Law

• Henry's Law


Day 2: Process Applications


• Piping Systems, Pump and Compressors

• Heat Exchangers

• Boilers and Evaporators

• Furnaces

• Distillation Columns

• Gas absorption, Liquid-Liquid Extraction

• Chemical Reactors

• Process Control Systems

Recommended Audience

Persons working in the processing industry who do not have a degree in chemical engineering, but have had some knowledge of basic chemistry either by exposure or education. Mechanical, electrical, and civil engineers, as well as plant operators, instrument technicians and the like may benefit from this course.

About the Instructors

Dr. Ramalingam Subramaniam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Computer Science at the McNeese State University.  Dr. Subramaniam has versatile experience in process modeling, simulation, and optimization, and techno-economic analysis of thermochemical, chemical, and biochemical processes.  He has been published more than 30 peer review papers in the field of chemical, thermochemical and bioprocessing fields.  He has more than 10 years of experience in the techno-economic analysis of chemical and biological processes.  Dr. Subramaniam received an Outstanding post-doctoral researcher award from the American Institute of Chemist Foundation in 2009.  He has developed a VBA simulation tool for the H2S scavenging process at different depths of the gas well.

Dr Srinivasan (Vasan) Ambatipati is an assistant professor of chemical engineering in Engineering and Computer Science Department at McNeese State University. Prior to his academic career, Dr Vasan worked as Senior Chemical Engineer in Oil and Gas R&D in the field of process development and catalysis research for more than 10 years. His Chemical Engineering career started in 1996 as a plant operator in a Petrochemical company.  He received his Ph.D from Clarkson University, NY in 2010. His research interests are in catalysis, sustainable green technologies and process intensification. Dr Vasan has presented his research in various international conferences and holds a US patent. He is a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society and Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Refund Policy

Refunds will not be issued for this course after the registration deadline. In the event that you cannot attend, you are welcome to send another person as a replacement at no charge. In addition, you may transfer your registration payment to a future course at no cost as long as you use it within the next 12-month period. For example, if you pay for a course in July that you do not attend, you have until July 31st of the following year to transfer the payment. Furthermore, if the cost of the future course increases, you will be required to pay the difference.


The McNeese State University Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration will always make the best effort to avoid cancelling a course. This course, like any other, can be cancelled for a number of reasons. If the course is cancelled, you will be refunded the full amount. Please be aware of this possibility when making travel and hotel arrangements.


You may register online if you are paying with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or Purchase Order.

  • To register and pay any other way, please contact Amanda Hext, 337.562.4592,

IMPORTANT: You must register and pay by: 12/9/2021 10:59 PM

LAI/MEP Subsidy Eligible

LAI/MEP companies (see list below) can get a discount on this course. Find out how.


Contact Amanda Hext, (337) 562-4592,




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Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration

Box 91834

Lake Charles, LA 70609


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Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605
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McNeese Contact:
Amanda Hext
(337) 562-4592