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How We Teach Process Control: 2015 Survey Results

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Instructional and Learning Assessment in Chemical Engineering

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Chemical Engineering

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David L. Silverstein P.E. University of Kentucky

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David L. Silverstein is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He is also the Director of the College of Engineering's Extended Campus Programs in Paducah, Kentucky, where he has taught for 15 years. His PhD and MS studies in ChE were completed at Vanderbilt University, and his BSChE 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 Corcoran 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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Margot A Vigeant Bucknell University

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Margot Vigeant is a professor of chemical engineering and an associate dean of engineering at Bucknell University. She earned her B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University, and her M.S. and Ph.D., also in chemical engineering, from the University of Virginia. Her primary research focus is on engineering pedagogy at the undergraduate level. She is particularly interested in the teaching and learning of concepts related to thermodynamics. She is also interested in active, collaborative, and problem-based learning, and in the ways hands-on activities and technology in general and games in particular can be used to improve student engagement.

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Mary Staehle Rowan University

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Dr. Mary Staehle is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Rowan University. Before joining the faculty at Rowan, Dr. Staehle worked at the Daniel Baugh Institute for Functional Genomics and Computational Biology at Thomas Jefferson University and received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. Her research is in the area of biomedical control systems, specifically neural regeneration. Dr. Staehle is also particularly interested in biomedical and chemical engineering education.

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The authors present the statistical results of the 2015 AIChE Education Division survey on how chemical engineering courses are taught. This year’s survey covers process control. The survey was conducted of faculty members teaching process control courses at their institution during the 2014-2015 academic year. Department administrators were solicited via email requesting that the instructors responsible for teaching process control at their institution respond to the survey, and instructors of record for relevant courses were contacted directly by email when practical. The survey was conducted online using the open-source survey package LimeSurvey. The survey questions this year were developed in consultation with CACHE Corporation and with the AIChE Education and Assessment Committee. The report consists primarily of the statistical and demographic characterization of the course and its content, with some additional summary responses related to the course from open-ended questions. Additionally, the survey seeks to bring out the most innovative and effective approaches to teaching the course as cited by instructors.

Silverstein, D. L., & Vigeant, M. A., & Staehle, M. (2016, June), How We Teach Process Control: 2015 Survey Results Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25495

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