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How We Teach: Kinetics and Reactor Design

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Focus on Capstone Experiences in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum

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Chemical Engineering

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22.788.1 - 22.788.34



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David L. Silverstein University of Kentucky

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David L. Silverstein is the PJC Engineering Professor and an Associate Professor of Chemical & Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He is assigned to the College of Engineering’s Extended Campus Programs at Paducah, Kentucky. Silverstein received his B.S.Ch.E. from the University of Alabama in 1992, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1994, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt in 1998. He is the 2007 recipient of the Raymond W. Fahien Award for Outstanding Teaching Effectiveness and Educational Scholarship.

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Margot A. Vigeant Bucknell University

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Margot Vigeant is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering with research interests in Engineering Education and Bioprocess Engineering.

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How We Teach: Kinetics and Reactor DesignThe authors present the results of the 2010 AIChE Education Division survey on how chemicalengineering courses are taught. This year’s survey focuses on the undergraduate reactor designand kinetics course. The survey was conducted of faculty recently teaching the course at theirinstitution during the 2009-2010 academic year in the United States. The report consists of twoparts: the statistical and demographic characterization of the course and its content; and theremainder seeks to bring out the most innovative and effective approaches to teaching the coursein use by instructors. Additionally, a historical comparison is made between the current surveyresults and surveys on the same course conducted in 1974, 1984, and 1991.

Silverstein, D. L., & Vigeant, M. A. (2011, June), How We Teach: Kinetics and Reactor Design Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18069

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