Introduction to Biochemical Engineering

Title Page

This book is on a flash drive that has most of its space available for additional material. Students are expected to customize it by adding links or pages from the internet and to check frequently to see what new updates are in the R.P.I. archive.

Why put a book on a flash drive?

  • Low cost
  • A very high percentage of information about biochemical engineering is on the internet and can be hyperlinked to this book
  • The internet is constantly updated while conventional books must come out with expensive new additions
  • Interactive exercises enhance a book that is read with a browser, and no hard-cover book can do this
  • There are PowerPoint presentations (more to come) that a teacher can customize

    Dozens of the pages were authored by R.P.I. students in courses for Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering as assigned term projects. Their names are on those pages. Although it is tempting to edit the grammar and style of the term projects, these students were attempting to communicate with fellow students and may be more adept at it than are professors. Students were given no instruction in HTML and were told to cut and paste from pages that they liked on the internet.

    The pages by students have not been edited carefully because that would deny the pleasure of professors who demonstrate their scholarship by correcting mistakes.

    There are also pages by students at the Univ. of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and the Escola Superior de Biotecnologia Catolica, Porto, Portugal where Prof. Bungay participated in team teaching.

    Author: Henry R. Bungay III


    Henry R. Bungay, III (b. 1928) is Emeritus Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He received his B. Chem. E. from Cornell and a biochemistry Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Positions at Eli Lilly and Worthington Biochemical Corporation, short stints at NSF and the Department of Energy, and professorships at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Clemson University constitute a varied carrier. He also coordinated a U.S./U.S.S.R. cooperative program for enzyme technology and has visited India, Brazil, and Indonesia as part of National Academy of Sciences teams for biomass energy. His honors include the James Van Lanen Distinguished Service Award and the Marvin Johnson Award from the Biotechnology Division of the American Chemical Society, and in 1983 was elected as Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has authored five books including ENERGY, THE BIOMASS OPTIONS that received an award as best technical book from the American Association of Publishers. His sabbatical leaves were: ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, 1989 and Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Porto, Portugal, 1996. He was Resident Energy Fellow at the New York State Energy Research Authority in 1982 and Erskine Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in 1999. Dr. Bungay has been writing short stories as a hobby for many years and has self-published collections of them on Amazon Kindle.