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A Course on Process Design and Operation in an Engineering Technology Program

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering Technology Curriculum Innovations.

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Engineering Technology

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22.30.1 - 22.30.10



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Vassilios Tzouanas University of Houston, Downtown

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Vassilios Tzouanas is an Assistant Professor of Control and Instrumentation in the Engineering Technology Department at the University of Houston, Downtown. Dr. Tzouanas earned a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University, the Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering/Process Control from the University of Alberta, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemical Engineering/Process Control from Lehigh University. His research interests focus on process control systems, process modeling and simulation, artificial intelligence and expert systems. His professional experience includes management and technical positions with chemicals, refining, and consulting companies. He has published and presented a number of papers on advanced process control, real-time optimization systems, adaptive control, artificial intelligence and expert systems. He is a member of AIChE.

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Experiential Learning from Introducing and Teaching a New Course on Process Design and Operation in an ET Program ABSTRACT Our Engineering Technology Department provides high quality engineering technologydegree programs and unique curricula for students from diverse social, educational, and ethnicbackgrounds. Engineering Technology curricula reflect the demands and requirements ofindustries and businesses in our geographic area. Our academic programs include solidfoundation courses in basic sciences, mathematics, and applied engineering together with astrong emphasis on computer applications. Within the Engineering Technology Department, the Control and Instrumentation programis a 4-year degree program in control engineering and instrumentation technology. It provides anumber of courses on process control, process modeling and simulation, electrical/electronicsystems, computer technologies, and communication systems. Classroom lecturing is combinedwith laboratory experiments and computer simulations. This paper summarizes experiential learning from introducing and teaching a new, seniorlevel course on Process Design and Operation in our Engineering Technology Department. Theobjective of this course is to teach students the scientific and engineering principles underlyingthe computer-aided design and operation of major industrial processes. The course involvesmodeling, simulation, and optimization of major processes from several industrial sectors.Students develop practical experience through projects using the AspenTech Engineering Suiteof Tools, a state of the art software package widely used within the industry for processmodeling, simulation, and economic analysis. Projects submitted by students illustrate theeffectiveness of this new course.

Tzouanas, V. (2011, June), A Course on Process Design and Operation in an Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17312

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