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Freshman Engineering Design Design And Siting Of A Municipal Wastewater Facility

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.207.1 - 2.207.10



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Deran Hanesian

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Angelo J. Perna

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Session 2326

Freshman Engineering Design - Process Design and Siting of a Municipal Wastewater Facility

Deran Hanesian, Angelo Perna New Jersey Institute of Technology


To bring “practical” engineering into the freshman year, a hands on lecture/laboratory chemical engineering introductory course was developed which meets twice a week for a total of 3 hours for seven weeks. The course was well received by students. In order to broaden the design experience and include concepts of manufacturing into the freshman course, an interdisciplinary Environmental Engineering course problem has been developed. This new course is team taught by a combination of Chemical and Civil Engineering faculty, meeting for 2 hours per week for fourteen weeks. The problem chosen was the siting and design of a municipal wastewater facility with the siting being the responsibility of the Civil Engineering faculty, and the process flowsheet, equipment design, and the process cost estimation addressed by the Chemical Engineering faculty. The course was enthusiastically received and the students particularly enjoyed working in teams to achieve their common objective.


During the last five or six years the incorporation of design concepts into the freshman year has gained widespread acceptance in the United States. Spurred forward by the formation of numerous NSF sponsored Educational Coalitions the Freshman Engineering Design programs have become an integral part of the curriculum. The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), as part of the NSF sponsored Gateway Coalition, a consortium of ten engineering institutions, has instituted such a program and developed numerous discipline and interdisciplinary courses.

The basic intent of these programs is to move the traditional exposure to design concepts from senior year capstone courses into the entire undergraduate curriculum, beginning with entering freshmen. The overall objective is to introduce freshmen to the open-ended nature of design problems, to give students “hands-on” experience, to expose students to teamwork and the solution of problems by a team, and to teach students the importance of both oral and written presentation of their results.

NJIT Freshman Design Program

At NJIT, the program began about five years with Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, and Chemical Engineering modules. The Mechanical Engineering module was fourteen weeks for the

Hanesian, D., & Perna, A. J. (1997, June), Freshman Engineering Design Design And Siting Of A Municipal Wastewater Facility Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6579

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