Sustainable Process Engineering

Program Goals

Technical knowledge

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Sustainable Process Engineering covers all stages of the industry value chain, including reaction and reactor engineering, process systems engineering and sustainable operations.

Collaborating with your peers under the direction of leading researchers and instructors from industry, you will work in world-class facilities and multidisciplinary research centres to:

  • design new chemicals, materials and fuels with improved properties and performance by applying advanced concepts in molecular sciences and engineering
  • become proficient in the conception, scale-up and commercialization of manufacturing processes that have a reduced environmental footprint
  • apply your training to develop and deploy catalysts and biocatalysts to valorize renewable resources
  • formulate green chemical synthetic schemes that eliminate waste and make processes safer
  • conduct techno-economic analyses to establish a strong business case for product or process innovation
  • build and scale-up new ventures in the chemical, energy and materials industries

“The next generation of engineers needs to know how to take their ideas, test them, scale them up and commercialize them. They need to develop the next generation of processes and have the know-how to succeed in business.” – Dr. Vikramaditya Yadav

Business foundations

Professional success requires both technical understanding and managerial and business competence. Through courses offered by UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, you will explore business strategy and innovation, organizational leadership and issues in sustainability. These classes enable you to gain foundational business knowledge in:

  • managing processes in manufacturing systems and supply chains
  • assessing visual analytics techniques for analysis and communication
  • evaluating project management processes and demonstrating their use
  • analyzing sustainability opportunities across a range of industries
  • presenting recommendations for organizational leadership challenges using a case study analysis approach
  • understanding business decision-making through the lens of key functional areas (strategy, marketing, operations and logistics, accounting and finance, human resources and organizational behaviour, and entrepreneurship)
  • understanding the basic principles of organizational strategy and innovation

Leadership and interpersonal skills

Effectively managing people and successfully leading teams requires a wide range of interpersonal skills. The MEL offers professional development workshops throughout the 12-month program. These extra-curricular sessions cover topics that include communication, teamwork, coaching and mentoring. Group projects and collaborative problem-solving are embedded into the MEL courses, creating ongoing opportunities for you to practice your skills as a manager and leader.

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