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Fundamentals of Engineering Design for Chemical Engineering 1st Year Undergraduates

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2018 FYEE Conference


Glassboro, New Jersey

Publication Date

July 24, 2018

Start Date

July 24, 2018

End Date

July 26, 2018

Conference Session

Technical Session V

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Diversity and FYEE Conference Sessions

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Irina Molodetsky New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Irina Molodetsky, PhD, joined Otto H.York Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering in the summer of 2017 as a Senior University Lecturer, New Jersey Institute of Technology. Before NJIT, she was Principal Materials Scientist at Princeton Technology Center, Schlumberger. She received her BS, MS in Physics from Odessa State University, Ukraine and PhD from Princeton University. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Pennsylvania (Materials Science and Engineering Department).
Her research interests include materials science, physical chemistry and non-conventional technologies for materials and process engineering.

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Robert B. Barat Ph.D. New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Robert Barat is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at NJIT, where he has been a faculty member for over 28 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. His current research involves reaction catalysis.

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Fundamentals of Engineering Design for Chemical Engineering 1st Year Undergraduates

Irina Molodetsky, Robert Barat An introductory course in chemical engineering for 1st year students is based on the industrially relevant and real-world example of an air and water flow system including pipes (empty and packed), pump, valves, fitting, etc. The students learn about design, construction, and testing within the context of scale-up. Comparison between measured and calculated pressure drops introduces students to design validation. We employ a teaching methodology that emphasizes: • fundamental fluid mechanics concepts using high school physics; • the importance of the measurements and understanding of the underlying principles; • a real-world approach to successful design through managing technical, environmental and quality requirements. In this work-in-progress paper, our teaching methodology and specific examples of its integrated application in the classroom and laboratory are discussed.

Molodetsky, I., & Barat, R. B. (2018, July), Fundamentals of Engineering Design for Chemical Engineering 1st Year Undergraduates Paper presented at 2018 FYEE Conference, Glassboro, New Jersey.

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