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Efficient and Effective Instruction in Process Simulation Across the Chemical Engineering Curriculum

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Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Perspectives and Approaches to Teaching Simulation and Design-Based Courses

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Chemical Engineering

Page Count

24

Page Numbers

23.468.1 - 23.468.24

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https://peer.asee.org/19482

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26

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Rebecca K. Toghiani Mississippi State University

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Dr. Rebecca K. Toghiani is an associate professor of Chemical Engineering at MSU. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. all in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received the 1996 Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award and the 2005 Outstanding Teaching Award from
the ASEE Southeastern Section. A John Grisham Master Teacher at MSU, she is an inaugural member of the Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She was recently recognized by the Bagley College of Engineering with the 2013 Career Award. She has also been recognized at MSU with the 2001 Outstanding Faculty Woman Award, a 2001 Hearin Professor of Engineering award,
and the 1999 College of Engineering Outstanding Engineering Educator Award.

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Hossein Toghiani Mississippi State University

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Dr. Hossein Toghiani is the Thomas B. Nusz Endowed professor and an associate professor of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State. He received his B.S.Ch.E., M.S.Ch.E., and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A member of the Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Dr. Toghiani has taught a variety of courses at MSU, including Process Control, Transport Phenomena, Reactor Design, Engineering Materials, Thermodynamics, both Unit Operations Laboratories and graduate courses in Advanced Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena and Chemical Kinetics. He performs research in the areas of catalysis, fuel cells and nanocomposite materials.

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Larry Everett Pearson Mississippi State University

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Abstract

Efficient and Effective Instruction in Process Simulation Across the Chemical EngineeringCurriculumOne challenge to incorporating process simulation instructional activities into the chemicalengineering curriculum is the placement of said activities. Placed too early in the curriculum,one might worry that students become overly reliant on the software, failing to truly understandthe fundamentals of mass and energy balance calculations and of equipment rating/sizingcalculations. Placed too late in the curriculum, one might worry that students don’t haveextensive experience with the software to effectively use it as a tool in the senior design courses.Inclusion of process simulation only in the senior design courses also results in a lost opportunityfor students to connect calculations/results from process simulators directly to the underlyingfundamentals. This paper and presentation will focus on activities readily integrated into thechemical engineering thermodynamics, heat transfer, separations and reactor design courses.How does one integrate process simulation exercises into these courses, without sacrificingcurrent instructional content? What avenues of approach allow the students to gain confidenceand experience with the process simulation software in these courses, so that they are well versedin its use when they begin the senior design sequence? Approaches and activities will bepresented so that others can readily adapt them to the process simulation program in use at theirinstitutions.

Toghiani, R. K., & Toghiani, H., & Pearson, L. E. (2013, June), Efficient and Effective Instruction in Process Simulation Across the Chemical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19482

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