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Aligning the Chemical Engineering Curriculum to a Common Problem-solving Strategy

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Course Design, Course Projects, and Student Perceptions in Chemical Engineering

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Chemical Engineering

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Nicolas Hudon Queen's University Orcid 16x16

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Dr Nicolas Hudon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen's University (Canada) since 2016. His teaching activities are mainly concerned with second-year fundamental courses. He is the recipient of the 2019 Carolyn Small Award for teaching innovation from the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering at Queen's University.

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Louise Meunier P.Eng. Queen's University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Meunier studied mechanical engineering and worked for twenty years as an aerospace engineering officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. She then completed a PhD in chemical engineering specializing in environmental chemistry. Dr. Meunier’s research focuses on the toxicity of contaminants in soils and mine tailings, and on environmental and human health risks associated with exposure to contaminants in water and soil. These investigations include research on inorganic and organic pollutants, as well as novel materials (e.g. nanoparticles, graphene), and contaminant mixtures. For contaminated soils, tailings, and leachates, research results are used to reduce the costs associated with remediation by focusing cleaning efforts to areas where risk has been identified. In the study of novel materials, this research informs the design of new processes and products, with the goals of protecting human and environmental health. Dr. Meunier works in collaboration industrial and academic experts involved in various aspects of interdisciplinary environmental engineering research. Dr. Meunier is also involved in engineering education research; her interests include improving problem-solving and resilience abilities in engineering students, and incorporating innovative teaching approaches in the engineering curriculum.

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This aim of this project is to improve students’ abilities in solving chemical engineering problems by implementing, in the chemical engineering curriculum, a consistent and effective approach to problem solving. The key concept is to foster in students an understanding of the structure of chemical engineering problems from early courses, and to implement the same approach throughout their undergraduate training by reinforcing a consistent methodology. The project is supported by surveys on students' confidence level in problem solving which are used to adapt our teaching to students' needs. In the present contribution, an overview of the project is given and potential applications of a proposed concept map throughout the curriculum is discussed.

Hudon, N., & Meunier, L. (2020, June), Aligning the Chemical Engineering Curriculum to a Common Problem-solving Strategy Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34101

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