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An Interdisciplinary Elective Course to Build Computational Skills for Mathematical Modeling in Science and Engineering

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Computer-Based Learning in Chemical Engineering Courses

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Chemical Engineering

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Ashlee N. Ford Versypt Oklahoma State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Ashlee N. Ford Versypt is an assistant professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in ChE at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.S. at the University of Oklahoma. She did postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on developing computational models for multiscale tissue physiology and pharmacology. Her teaching interests focus on chemical reaction kinetics and computational science and engineering. She received an NSF CAREER Award in 2019.

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A cross-listed upper division and graduate elective course for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields has been developed to build computational skills in mathematical modeling. The course aims to fills a gap in the practical training of students starting computational research projects across various STEM disciplines who have inconsistent previous experiences in computer programming and numerical methods. This is achieved by covering modern software tools for mathematical modeling in science and engineering and for reproducible research computing via an active, hands-on approach supplemented by reading materials. Rather than covering just the basics of programming or detailed algorithms for numerical methods, the course is geared towards implementing tools for solving realistic continuum scale science and engineering problems, managing open source code projects, and disseminating computational research results through scientific documentation and publications. The course is taught by a chemical engineering faculty member with research expertise in applied mathematics and computational science and engineering. MATLAB and Python are taught side-by-side throughout the course. The paper describes the course with the goal of enabling other educators to adapt and reuse the course content.

Ford Versypt, A. N. (2019, June), An Interdisciplinary Elective Course to Build Computational Skills for Mathematical Modeling in Science and Engineering Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32072

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