ENGT 2001 - Biomaterials

Prerequisite: CHEM 2050, ENVS 2000, and BIOL 2050.

An introduction to common biomaterials used in biological and medical systems, in a range of applications. Topics include: biomaterials (metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites), properties (physical attributes and surface properties), biocompatibility (biomaterial interaction with cells and tissues), selection criteria and testing, and biodegradation.

Credit: 3


ENGT 2002 - Bioprocesses

Prerequisite: BIOL 2050, CHEM 2050, and ENVS 2000.

An introduction to biotechnology and an examination of various bioprocesses: from cell culture and downstream process development to scale-up and manufacturing processes. Topics include: DNA, proteins, immunology, microbial biotechnology, plant biotechnology, animal biotechnology, marine biotechnology, genomics, medical biotechnology, regulations, engineering calculations and material balances, energy balances, fluid flow and mixing, heat and mass transfer, and reactions and reactors.  Students examine concepts in biotechnology and bioprocess engineering, applying engineering principles to solve related problems.

Credit: 3


ENGT 3000 - Engineering Design Project I

Prerequisite: ENGT 2001, ENGT 2002 ENGE 2000, and ENGE 2003.

Students work in teams for the design of a working prototype or systems-based practical solution by application of fundamentals in biotechnology engineering to a real-world challenge or problem, with focus in bioprocess or bioenvironmental engineering. Students are expected to design a prototype that addresses a real-world challenge within either specialization, such as waste management; biomass or biofuel reuse; improvement of water, air or soil quality; food contamination, improving food processing technologies, or innovating in manufacturing process-based systems.

Credit: 3


ENGT 3001 - Engineering Design Project II

Prerequisite: ENGT 3000 and ENGT 3002.

Students continue their topic from ENGT 3000 by taking the design and moving into project implementation, testing, and commissioning (deployment) throughout the course. Students will finish the course with a project demonstration, and assessment submissions throughout the seminar will include reports, demonstrations of prototype (and/or sub-system) functionality, and individual tests to determine level of competency both in technical prowess and project management strategies.

Credit: 3


ENGT 3002 - Analytical Biotechnology for Engineers

Prerequisite: ENGT 2001 and ENGT 2002.

This course applies engineering fundamentals to biotechnology fields in the areas of medicine, agriculture, and the environment such as in genomics, immunology, fermentation monitoring, chromatography, instrumental analysis, biosensors, and bioanalysis. State-of-the-art equipment and analytical tools are examined as applied within this area.

Credit: 3


ENGT 4002 - Biomanufacturing

Prerequisite: ENGT 3001.

An introduction to manufacturing processes, with examination of biomanufacturing processes and biofabrication, as well as the related state-of-the-art engineering technologies. Topics include: living (cells, tissues) and non-living (bio-supportive proteins, scaffolds) components for product development, biofabrication techniques (cell printing, patterning, assembling, 3D scaffold fabrication, cell- and tissue-on-chips for micro- and nano- fabrication), and biomanufacturing processes (pharmaceutical production by plant cell culture, agricultural cultivation for medicinal purposes, industrial fermentations, fuzzy control and neural networks in production).

Credit: 3


ENGT 4004 - Soil Ecology

Prerequisite: ENGT 2001 and 2002.

Explores the fundamentals of soil ecology. Topics include: overview, formation and profile of soil development, fitness of the soil environment, primary production processes and effect on ecosystem, secondary production processes (decomposition, microbial activities, measures of biomass, sterilization techniques, heterotrophic organisms, decomposition and nutrient recycling), soil food webs, soil biodiversity and linages to soil processes ( ecosystem impacts and challenges), and future developments in soil ecology. Theory and fundamentals are advanced to an in-depth understanding of soil ecology in this seminar.

Credit: 3


ENGT 4009 - Environmental Systems Analysis for Engineers

Prerequisite: ENGE 3000 and ENGT 3002.

The course provides an analysis of environmental systems through the application of engineering fundamentals. Topics include: modeling system behavior, data handling and analysis, real-world system analytics, and engineering system design. Students apply analytical strategies within the software Matlab.

Credit: 3


ENGT 4010 - Waste Treatment and Management

Prerequisite: ENGT 2001, 2002, BIOL 3170, and ENGB 3001.

Examines treatment and sustainable management of environmental waste, including industrial, agricultural and biological waste products, by application of engineering principles and practices. Topics include: waste properties (chemical, biological), waste water systems and treatment, biocomposting, pollutant monitoring techniques, methods of primary and secondary treatment of waste, bioenergy production, bioreactors, biotransformation, and biodegradation. Students will develop knowledge of more sustainable methods of biological waste treatment and management to reduce use of landfill as a disposal route and in compliance.

Credit: 3


ENGT 4011 - Air Quality Management

Prerequisite: ENGT 2001, 2002, and ENGB 3001.

This subject covers fundamental principles that govern air quality and examines management options for improving air quality, limiting emissions, and optimizing air pollutant control strategies. Topics include: air composition and quality measures, air toxins and pollutants; primary (industrial and mobile combustion processes, and control) and secondary (atmospheric transport and photochemical pollutant formation in ambient air, ozone depletion, global warming), health impacts (acute, chronic), air quality assessment and conformance requirements to standards, and legislation, environmental and industrial hygiene.

Credit: 3


ENGT 4012 - Land Treatment Systems

Prerequisite: ENGT 2001, 2002, and ENGB 3001.

Examines systems, sub-components, and biocomposition of land treatment of waste. Topics include: soil hydraulics, vegetation selection, site selection, onsite investigations, preapplication treatment and storage, and transmission and distribution of waste water. Students will examine natural systems for treatment of waste water, reuse of biosolids, and strategies for vegetation and site selection toward land treatment and management systems, with focus on municipal and industrial wastes.

Credit: 3


ENGT 4013 - Food Processing and Packaging Systems

Prerequisite: ENGT 2001, 2002, and ENGB 3001.

Principles and applications of food processing, handling, and packaging systems, with evaluation of associated technologies. Topics include: overview of food processing and sub-system operations, thermophysical properties in food processing and packaging (optical, mechanical, and physical properties of thermoplastic polymers), microbial aspects in food processing, food preservation and processing strategies and technologies, sustainability in food processing, food packaging requirements of major food groups, closures and sealing systems, and assistive technologies (including robotics) in optimization of food packaging systems.

Credit: 3


ENGT 4999 - Special Topics in Biotechnology Engineering

Prerequisite: ENGT 3001.

Selected topics in biotechnology engineering are presented throughout this seminar, at an advanced level. Topic coverage is at the discretion of the lecturer; however, these will include state-of-the-art in biotechnology engineering technologies, advanced-level theory, and its application in solving real-world challenges within the selected topic areas.

Credit: 3