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Engineering Future Chemical Engineers: Incorporation of Process Intensification Concepts into the Undergraduate Curriculum

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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16

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22.590.1 - 22.590.16

DOI

10.18260/1-2--17871

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https://peer.asee.org/17871

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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.ChE., M.S.ChE. and Ph.D. 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 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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Adrienne R. Minerick Michigan Technological University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-2382-7831

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Adrienne Minerick is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech having moved from Mississippi State University in Jan 2010, where she was a tenured Associate Professor. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and B.S. from Michigan Technological University in 1998. Adrienne’s research interests include electrokinetics and the development of biomedical microdevices. She earned a 2007 NSF CAREER award; her group has published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Lab on a Chip, and had an AIChE Journal cover. She is an active mentor of undergraduate researchers and served as co-PI on an NSF REU site. Research within her Medical micro-Device Engineering Research Laboratory (M.D. – ERL) also inspires the development of Desktop Experiment Modules (DEMos) for use in chemical engineering classrooms or as outreach activities in area schools. Adrienne has been an active member of ASEE’s WIED, ChED, and NEE leadership teams since 2003.

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Keisha B. Walters Mississippi State University

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Keisha B. Walters is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State
University (MSU). She received her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University in 1996 and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University in 2001 and 2005. Dr. Walters has taught core courses at the undergraduate (Fluids, Heat Transfer, Transport Phenomena) and graduate levels (Transport Phenomena, Kinetics and Reactor Design). She also (co)teaches elective courses in Polymeric and Multicomponent Materials and Experimental Methods in Materials Research. Dr. Walters is an inducted member of the MSU Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Teachers and has been a member of ASEE since 2002.

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Priscilla J. Hill Mississippi State University

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Priscilla J. Hill is currently an Associate Professor at Mississippi State University. Her research interests include solids processing, crystallization, and particle technology. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clemson University and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has taught design, thermodynamics, and mass transfer courses at the undergraduate level; a graduate course on thermodynamics; and a split level elective course on particle and crystallization technology.

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Carlen Henington Mississippi State University

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Dr. Carlen Henington is a nationally certified School Psychologist and is an associate professor in School Psychology at Mississippi State University. She completed her doctoral work at Texas A&M University and her internship at the Monroe Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. She received the Texas A&M Educational Psychology Distinguished Dissertation Award in 1997, the Mississippi State University Golden Key National Honor Society Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 2000, and the Mississippi State University Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Teaching Award in 1998. She has worked as a consultant to Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to address disproportionality and has provided technical assistance to schools across the state. She has assisted with MDE on monitoring visits and has presented nationally on effective academic and behavioral interventions with children in the schools.

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Abstract

Engineering Future Chemical Engineers: Incorporation of Process Intensification Concepts into the Undergraduate Curriculum. Process intensification encompasses a broad spectrum of activities focused on identifyingfundamental limitations in a chemical production route, and developing or combining processesto minimize resource utilization and optimize product quality. Process intensification is essentialto industrial competitiveness as it can enhance safety, increase operating efficiency, lower energyusage, reduce capital costs, reduce waste emissions and process hazards, or encompass several ofthese benefits. Improving processes by process intensification requires engineers to integratemany fundamental concepts and go beyond traditional unit operations. Currently, most chemicalengineers are trained in fundamentals using a unit operations approach where the material issubdivided between courses. Engineers are often taught how to synthesize a process by linkingtogether standard unit operations, but are frequently not trained to synthesize fundamentalconcepts in new ways for novel and efficient process designs. This project seeks to correct thisdeficiency through the development of process intensification instructional modules for use inexisting courses. Four core chemical engineering courses are targeted: fluid flow operations; heat transferoperations; mass transfer operations; and chemical reactor design. Over the three-year CCLIproject, activities/modules will be developed and incorporated into each of these courses, witheach activity/module focusing on a particular element from the process intensification spectrumand designed to also enhance vertical concept integration. This poster presentation will focus onthe activities and modules developed in Year 2. The preliminary assessment data collected fromYear 1 implementation will also be presented.

Toghiani, R. K., & Minerick, A. R., & Walters, K. B., & Hill, P. J., & Henington, C. (2011, June), Engineering Future Chemical Engineers: Incorporation of Process Intensification Concepts into the Undergraduate Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17871

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