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An Approach to Strengthening Compliance with ABET Safety Criteria

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Broad Perspectives on the Chemical Engineering Curriculum

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Chemical Engineering

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26.173.1 - 26.173.8



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Troy J. Vogel University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Dr. Troy J. Vogel is a lecturer in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He primarily teaches Chemical Process Design, a senior level course. In addition to formal teaching, Dr. Vogel acts as the advisor for the Illinois Chapter of AIChE and AIChE’s Chem-ECar Competition. Dr. Vogel also plays an active role in various summer camps fostering a desire to learn science and engineering in all of today’s youth.

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David L. Tomasko Ohio State University

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David Tomasko is a Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. He also serves as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Services for the College of Engineering

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An approach to strengthening compliance with ABET safety criteriaIn 2012 ABET program specific criteria for Chemical Engineering were improved to include the teachingof hazards associated with various processes. Over the past few years programs have used variousmethods of attaining compliance with this criteria. This work shows 2 different methods of successfullycomplying with the criteria within large public universities with undergraduate student chemicalengineering program populations in excess of 700 each. One method places emphasis on integratingsafety throughout the entire core curriculum within mini design projects mainly through student self-learning. The topics are then reinforced and assessed within the capstone courses during senior year.The second method places emphasis on distributing safety topics among the unit operations and seniordesign courses supplemented by an elective course in Chemical Process Safety. Repeated emphasis ofsafety alongside technical content results in a relatively strong connection to the context of chemicalprocess operations. This paper specifically demonstrates each method and presents results of studentlearning.The authors would prefer the paper be presented in a regular session.

Vogel, T. J., & Tomasko, D. L. (2015, June), An Approach to Strengthening Compliance with ABET Safety Criteria Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23512

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