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An Inquiry-Guided Learning Approach to Process Integration, Simulation, and Economics

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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

Project-Based, Inquiry Guided, and High Performance Learning Environments: Effective Approaches

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Chemical Engineering

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22.181.1 - 22.181.5



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Lale Yurttas Texas A&M University

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Lale Yurttas received her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1988. She has worked as a research associate in Engineering and Biosciences Research Center and conducted research in areas of biomass conversion, protein folding and stability, and biological membrane thermodynamics until1996. She is currently a senior lecturer in Chemical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University and serves as the Assistant Department Head for the Undergraduate Program. She has extensive teaching experience in sophomore through senior level classes with excellent reviews. As a co-PI, she has received significant funding from NSF in engineering education and curriculum renewal. She serves as the advisor to the AIChE Student chapter which won the Outstanding Student Chapter Award in 2004, and 2009. She chairs the Students Affairs Committee and ABET Committee in the Chemical Engineering Department. She has received the Student AIChE Teacher of the Year award in 2003 and AIChE Mentor of the Year award in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008, and TAMU President’s Award for Academic Advising in 2007. Her current research interests are in engineering education; in particular in the areas of undergraduate curriculum reform, development, and assessment; incorporation of environmental sustainability; service learning; and development of online web modules for instruction.

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Mahmoud M. El-Halwagi Texas A&M University


Houssein A. Kheireddine Texas A&M University

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I am a Ph.D. Chemical Engineering student at Texas A&M University. I work in the area of optimization and integration.

Dissertation topic: Sustainable Design through Process Simulation, Integration, and optimization.

Ongoing research: simulation and design of integrated biorefineries for the conversion of biomass to biofuels; pollution prevention and water conservation via mass, energy, and property integration; and design of integrated processes for lube oil reclamation and recycle.

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1An Inquiry-Guided Learning Approach to Process Integration, Simulation, and EconomicsThis paper provides an overview of how inquiry-guided learning (IGL) has been introduced intothe first senior-level design course at a Large University (Process Integration, Simulation, andEconomics). This has been part of an NSF-sponsored project to reform chemical engineeringundergraduate curriculum. First, the paper describes the course content and how the aspects ofintegration, simulation, and economics are integrated. Then, focus is given to two computer-aided modules (interlinked curriculum components or ICCs) that were developed to foster thestudents’ IGL experience in the areas of mass and energy integration. The ICCs includepretesting, background, examples, exercises, and post-testing. The exercises are created usinginteractive computer tools that allow the students to investigate a wide variety of possiblesolutions and observe the impact of design variations on processes. The presentation will alsoinclude a demonstration of the ICCs and the hosting web site.

Yurttas, L., & El-Halwagi, M. M., & Kheireddine, H. A. (2011, June), An Inquiry-Guided Learning Approach to Process Integration, Simulation, and Economics Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17462

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