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Emerging Voices: Looking Back at the Senior Design Project

Emerging Voices

Every new year, I like to look back and reflect on my accomplishments in the past year. In 2022, my biggest accomplishment was graduating with a degree in chemical engineering from the Univ. of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Although I took many difficult courses throughout my academic career, the most impactful yet rigorous experience was the senior design project, which took place the final two quarters of my senior year. This article details my experiences completing the senior design project.

The group and topic. Our senior design project was split across two courses. Our graduating class of approximately 70 students was divided into five groups, each tasked with designing a production plant. We were asked to select the site location, model the process, complete an economic analysis, and perform a hazard and operability (HAZOP) study, among other things. Each group had a student designated as the project manager, with the rest of the members split into groups of three, responsible for a unit operation of the plant.

My group was assigned an ammonia production plant, and my subgroup was tasked with sequestering the carbon from the ammonia recovery subgroup’s output stream, which contained CO2 and water. We designed a carbon dioxide compression system, sized a pipeline for transportation, and determined that for...

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