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Experience with a Cross-Disciplinary Intensive, Hands-On Pre-Tansport Course

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

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SPECIAL SESSION: Interdisciplinary Course Design Opportunities for Chemical Engineers

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Chemical Engineering

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17

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22.675.1 - 22.675.17

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https://peer.asee.org/17956

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Baba Abdul Washington State University

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Baba Abdul received an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria in 2005. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University. His research interests include transport processes in minimal support helicosymmetric minichannels and aspects of engineering education (New Engineering Learning Systems & Bringing Technical Research into the classroom).

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Edgar A. O'Rear University of Oklahoma

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Edgar A. O'Rear is the Francis W. Winn Professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. His research and teaching interests include transport phenomena, biomedical engineering, surfactants, and modification of surfaces by admicellar polymerization with over 130 archival publication and patents. He has served in a variety of administrative positions including NSF Program Director, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Bioengineering Program.

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Gary Robert Brown Washington State University, Office of Assessment and Innovation

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Dr. Brown has been in higher education for more than 30 years. He has an interdisciplinary Ph.D. and been working with colleagues in almost every discipline. His expertise is in educational assessment with a strong background in technology and innovations. Dr. Brown was lead developer of WSU's well-recognized Critical Thinking rubric, now used at hundreds of institutions worldwide. Gary has received best research awards seven times and has been active in several professional organizations including American Association of Colleges and Universities (AC&U) and the American Evaluation Association (AEA). His current focus has been on accountability and accreditation and working with several regional and professional associations to assure accreditation efforts are increasingly useful for faculty involved in assessment.

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Ashley Ater Kranov Washington State University

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Bernard J. Van Wie Washington State University

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Prof. Bernard J. Van Wie did his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. and postdoctoral work at the University of Oklahoma where he also taught as a Visiting Lecturer. He has been on the Washington State University faculty for 28 years and over the past 14 years has focused strongly on innovative pedagogy along with his technical research in biotechnology. His recent Fulbright Exchange to Nigeria set the stage for receipt of the Marian Smith Award given annually to the most innovative teacher at WSU. 509-335-4103 (Off); 509-335-4806 (Fax); bvanwie@che.wsu.edu.

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Paul B. Golter Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-8959-6899

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Paul B. Golter obtained an M.S. from Washington State University and recently defended his Ph.D. degree and is currently the Laboratory Supervisor in the Voiland School of School of Chemical Engineering and Bio-engineering at WSU. He is married with three children. 509-338-5724.

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David B. Thiessen Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4283-5914

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David B.Thiessen received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado in
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Abstract

Experience with a Cross-disciplinary Intensive, Hands-on Pre-transport CourseAn intensive, elective, 7-day pre-transport course offered at The University of Oklahoma has theobjective of providing sophomore engineering students with an intuitive understanding offundamental concepts in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The intersession offering betweenthe fall and spring semesters immediately precedes the beginning of the regular transportsequence in chemical engineering. The interdisciplinary class is open to chemical engineering,mechanical engineering, and civil engineering majors and listed under a College of Engineeringdesignation. The transport of momentum, heat and mass are important to these and otherbranches of engineering endeavor and it is therefore imperative to establish a solid foundation forfuture higher learning objectives.Course content, to be described, emphasizes experiential learning through the use of videomaterial and hands-on activities developed at XXX University and the University of XXX.Implementation of the course activities proceeded with consideration of Fink’s SignificantLearning taxonomy. Effectiveness of the course is assessed through the use of a conceptinventories given to students at the beginning and end of the regular introductory transportcourse which emphasizes a traditional mathematical approach. Students’ preconceptions aregauged using a pre-test and any misconceptions are addressed with an instructional intervention.A post-test is thereafter administered to evaluate the efficacy of the intervention.Will students be motivated to learn a particular aspect (momentum, heat or mass) better becausethey know it would be useful in a subsequent discipline-specific course? A survey isadministered and designed to check whether there is a discernible trend in the type of transportfavored by students of a particular discipline. We are testing the hypothesis that civil engineeringmajors will show a marked preference for momentum transport because it is the most relevant totheir discipline but mechanical and chemical engineering majors will have no such preferencebecause they encounter all aspects of transport in their discipline.  

Abdul, B., & O'Rear, E. A., & Brown, G. R., & Kranov, A. A., & Van Wie, B. J., & Golter, P. B., & Thiessen, D. B. (2011, June), Experience with a Cross-Disciplinary Intensive, Hands-On Pre-Tansport Course Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17956

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