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What's Different:

Great slate of faculty mentors!

We welcome Professors Arges, Dooley and Spivey, as well as Barry Guillory (PIR/PE) to the UO Lab instructor team this semester.

Updated: January 2nd, 2019

Current News:

Spring will be busy!

We'll soon be welcoming over seventy students into UO Lab (the largest class ever), the lion's share of whom will be concurrently plant design. Good time management will be important, for sure.

Updated: January 2, 2019

Behind the Scenes:

Welcome to UO Lab in PFT Hall!

What a great facility we have here at the Dow Chemical UO Lab! Second to none. A few new lab items in the offing for this spring: a new reaction system in PERM and a separate porous media arrangement - two units in one now!

Updated: January 2nd, 2019

Welcome to uolab.lsu.edu!

unit_operations_labThis website is the online home of LSU's Unit Operations Laboratory, the capstone hands-on experience for chemical engineering students in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering at Louisiana State University. Contained within these pages, you can find information on the appertaining course of instruction, the complement of equipment and tools available to students, relevant know-how used to navigate the sometimes-tricky waters of the experimental, and an introduction to our teaching and support staff.

Student Learning Objectives

Placed as it is at the culmination of the chemical engineering curriculum, success in Unit Operations Laboratory demands that students bring together all they've learned in support of their efforts. However, this placement does not assume that the learning process is already complete with only results left to be demonstrated, but that it's still a work in progress.

Supported by industry-experienced professionals and tenure track faculty, students practice their engineering art while continuing to build skills needed for the workplace or further academic pursuits. Here, the problems to be solved shift from textbook to real world ambiguity, demanding strong in-situ development of both technical and communications skills.

With all this in mind, at the completion of their experience in the Unit Operations Laboratory, our students should be able to:

  • Apply chemical engineering principles and process simulation to solve complex, open-ended problems in kinetics, separations, and process dynamics/control, in high-performance teams working on physical equipment,

  • Determine clear experimental objective(s), using knowledge and skills gained from unit operations, kinetics, reactor design, process dynamics/control, optimization, and economics,

  • Design and conduct realistic experiments, analyze resulting data using standard statistical methods,

  • Build knowledge and practice of personnel safety, process safety, and environmental protection, and

  • Communicate the experimental steps, findings, conclusions, and recommendations, through the written and spoken word.

Again, welcome to uolab.lsu.edu!

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LSU Chemical Engineering's Unit Operations Laboratory