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How We Teach: Material and Energy Balances

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

ChemE Potpourri

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Chemical Engineering

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25.703.1 - 25.703.36



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David L. Silverstein University of Kentucky

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David L. Silverstein is the PJC Engineering Professor of chemical engineering at the University of Kentucky. He is assigned to the College of Engineering's Extended Campus Programs in Paducah, Ky., where he has taught for 12 years. His Ph.D. and M.S. studies in ChE were completed at Vanderbilt University, and his B.S.Ch.E. at the University of Alabama. 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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Lisa G. Bullard is a Teaching 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 Co. from 1991-2000. A faculty member at NCSU since 2000, Bullard has won numerous awards for both teaching and advising, including being named as an NCSU Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, the ASEE Raymond W. Fahien Award, the John Wiley Premier Award for Engineering Education Courseware, NCSU Faculty Advising Award, National Effective Teaching Institute Fellow, NCSU Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award, ASEE Southeastern Section New Teacher Award, and ASEE-ERM Apprentice Faculty Grant Award. Bullard’s research interests lie in the area 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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Margot A. Vigeant Bucknell University

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How We Teach: Material and Energy BalancesThe 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 material andenergy balance course. The survey was conducted of faculty recently teaching the course at theirinstitution during the 2010-2011 academic year in the United States and in Canada. The reportconsists of two parts: the statistical and demographic characterization of the course and itscontent; and the remainder seeks to bring out the most innovative and effective approaches toteaching the course in use by instructors. Additionally, a historical comparison is made betweenthe current survey results and surveys on the same course conducted in 1972 and 1990.

Silverstein, D. L., & Bullard, L. G., & Vigeant, M. A. (2012, June), How We Teach: Material and Energy Balances Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21460

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