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How We Teach: Capstone Design

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Perspectives and Approaches to Teaching Simulation and Design-Based Courses

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Chemical Engineering

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23.675.1 - 23.675.15



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David L. Silverstein University of Kentucky

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Dr. David L. Silverstein is the PJC Engineering professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky and director of the College of Engineering's Extended Campus Programs in Paducah, Ky., where he has taught for thirteen years. His Ph.D. and M.S. studies in Chemical Engineering were completed at Vanderbilt University, and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alabama. Dr. Silverstein's research interests include conceptual learning tools and training, and he has particular interests in faculty development. He is the recipient of several ASEE awards, including the Fahein award for young faculty teaching and educational scholarship, the Cororan award for best article in the journal Chemical Engineering Education (twice), and the Martin award for best paper in the ChE Division at the ASEE Annual Meeting.

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Lisa G. Bullard North Carolina State University

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Dr. Lisa Bullard is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate professor and director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from NC State and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She served in engineering and management positions within Eastman Chemical Company from 1991 to 2000. A faculty member at NC State since 2000, Dr. Bullard has won numerous awards for both teaching and advising, including the ASEE Raymond W. Fahien Award, the John Wiley Premier Award for Engineering Education Courseware, NC State Faculty Advising Award, National Effective Teaching Institute Fellow, NC State Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award, ASEE Southeastern Section New Teacher Award, and ASEE-ERM Apprentice Faculty Grant Award. She is a member of the editorial board for Chemical Engineering Education and serves as director of the Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. Dr. Bullard’s research interests lie in the areas of educational scholarship, including teaching and advising effectiveness, academic integrity, process design instruction, and the integration of writing, speaking, and computing within the curriculum.

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Warren D. Seider University of Pennsylvania

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Dr. Warren D. Seider is a professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. For many years, he has contributed to the fields of process analysis, simulation, design, and control. In process design, he co-authored FLOWTRAN Simulation—An Introduction and Product, and Process Design Principles: Synthesis, Analysis, and Evaluation. He has co-ordinated the design project course for over 30 years involving projects provided by many practicing engineers in the Philadelphia area. He is recognized for research contributions in phase and chemical equilibria, azeotropic distillation, heat and power integration, Czochralski crystallization, nonlinear control, and safety and risk analysis. He has authored or coauthored over 110 journal articles and authored or edited seven books.
Dr. Seider was the co-recipient of the AIChE Warren K. Lewis Award in 2004, and the recipient of the AIChE Computing in Chemical Engineering Award in 1992. In 2011, he received the AIChE F. J. Van Antwerpen Award, and in 2008, he was recognized by the AIChE Centennial Committee as one of “Thirty Authors of Groundbreaking Chemical Engineering Books.” He was elected as a Fellow of AIChE in 2005 and as a Director of AIChE in 1983, and has served as chairman of the CAST Division and the Publication Committee. He helped to organize the CACHE (Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering Education) Corporation in 1969 and served as its chairman. Dr. Seider is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Computers and Chemical Engineering.

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Margot A Vigeant Bucknell University

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Dr. Margot Vigeant is an associate professor of Chemical Engineering and associate dean of Engineering. She is interested in chemical engineering pedagogy, first-year programs, and international education.

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How We Teach: Capstone DesignThe authors present the statistical results of the 2012 AIChE Education Division survey on howchemical engineering courses are taught. This year’s survey covers the capstone design sequenceas defined by each institution. The survey was conducted of faculty members teaching designcourses at their institution during the 2011-2012 academic year. In addition to coveringinstitutions in the United States, the results include a significant number of institutionsworldwide who had faculty members participate. Department administrators were solicited viaemail requesting that the instructors responsible for teaching design at their institution respond tothe survey. Later, instructors of record for relevant courses were contacted directly by email andrequested to respond. The survey was conducted online using the open-source survey packageLimeSurvey. For the first time since the start of this survey series, an incentive consisting of acase study normally sold by the CACHE Corporation was offered to responding facultymembers. The report consists primarily of the statistical and demographic characterization of thecourse and its content, with some of the common issues with teaching the course and proposedsolutions highlighted, including some input received at a special session held at the 2012 AIChEAnnual Meeting. Additionally, the survey seeks to bring out the most innovative and effectiveapproaches to teaching the course as cited by instructors. Comparison with a related surveyconducted in 1965 is made where appropriate.

Silverstein, D. L., & Bullard, L. G., & Seider, W. D., & Vigeant, M. A. (2013, June), How We Teach: Capstone Design Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19689

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