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MIT Professional Education

Advanced Study Program

The Advanced Study Program provides professionals in industry and government the opportunity to enroll in MIT credit courses to further their knowledge for their organization and to advance their own careers. If you are interested in taking ChemE related courses for one or more semesters, on a full or part-time basis, while still working and contributing to your company, the Advanced Study Program provides you the vehicle to do just that! Follow the Course Listing link to see a list of all of the courses available. Earn grades, MIT credit, and a certificate of completion.

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Short Programs

This summer MIT Professional Education – Short Programs is offering a number of 2-5 day short courses taught by MIT faculty and experts, including several by members of the Chemical Engineering Department. These courses provide an opportunity to learn crucial knowledge and skills from some of the top experts in their respective fields, in areas of MIT expertise.

For complete details on all of the available courses, visit the Short Programs web site.

Below is a list of courses to be taught by members of the MIT Chemical Engineering Department in 2015.

Controlled Release Technology: Delivery Systems for Pharmaceuticals and Other Agents
June 8-12, 2015
R. Langer
Examine the field and assess the prospects of future developments in the delivery and stabilization of pharmaceuticals including small molecular weight drugs, RNA, DNA, proteins, and peptides. Topics include delivery methods and applications, with emphasis on controlled release, targeted release, and stabilization in the pharmaceutical and medical fields. Regulatory and patent considerations will be addressed. The use of nanotechnology in drug delivery will also be discussed.
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Formulation and Stabilization of Biotherapeutics
June 8-10, 2015
B. Trout, M. Manning
Biotherapeutics, particularly antibodies, are currently the fastest growing pharmaceuticals. This course addresses the challenge of their stability in aqueous solutions and formulation. Topics range from aggregation to oxidation, deamidation, and hydrolysis with an emphasis on modeling. Includes cutting-edge technologies, tools, and knowledge to solve stability issues.
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Flow Chemistry: Continuous Synthesis and Purification of Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals
July 13-15, 2015
T. Jamison, K. Jensen
Overview of principles and technologies of continuous synthesis and purification of small molecules. Covers advantages and challenges of flow in comparison to batch, decision process for selecting between continuous or batch methods for a particular problem, automation, and scale-up strategies. Emphasizes cutting-edge methods, technologies, and case studies.
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Challenges of Leadership in Teams
July 20-24, 2015
C. Colton, B. Burrell
Develop the skills and techniques you need to succeed and lead in today's team-based organizations. Experts in both business and psychology will address team dynamics, leadership style, and other key issues.
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Fermentation Technology
July 27-31, 2015
D. I. C. Wang, K. Prather
This course emphasizes the application of biological and engineering principles to problems involving microbial, mammalian, and biochemical systems. The course will review fundamentals and provide an up-to-date account of current knowledge in biological and biochemical technology. The lectures will emphasize and place perspectives on biological systems with industrial practices.
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Downstream Processing
August 3-7, 2015
C. Cooney
An overview of the fundamentals of downstream processing for biochemical product recovery. Discussion of practical examples and case studies to illustrate problems and solutions, along with a group project that focuses on process integration in downstream processing design.
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