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How We Teach: Transport Phenomena and Related Courses

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Broad Perspectives on the Chemical Engineering Curriculum

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Chemical Engineering

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26.864.1 - 26.864.23



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Daniel Lepek The Cooper Union

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Dr. Daniel Lepek is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He received his Ph.D. from New Jersey Institute of Technology and B.E. from The Cooper Union, both in chemical engineering. In 2011, he received the ASEE Chemical Engineering Division ”Engineering Education” Mentoring Grant. His research interests include particle technology, transport phenomena, and engineering education. His current educational research is focused on peer instruction, technology-enhanced active learning, and electronic textbooks.

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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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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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Jason M. Keith Mississippi State University

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Jason Keith is the Interim Dean and Earnest W. and Mary Ann Deavenport, Jr. Chair in the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University, a position he has held since March, 2014. Keith received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron and his PhD from the University of Notre Dame. He was a faculty member at Michigan Technological University from 2000-2011 and was Director of the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering and holder of the Earnest W. Deavenport Chair from 2011-2014. Keith received the Raymond W. Fahien Award from the Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE in 2008.

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How We Teach: Transport Phenomena and Related CoursesAbstractIn 2014, the AIChE Education Division’s Course Survey Committee supervised a survey on howTransport Phenomena and related courses are taught by different institutions. Faculty membersfrom chemical engineering departments who have taught these courses during the 2013-2014academic provided the responses. The survey, which was conducted online using the softwareQualtrics, was disseminated to the faculty members by department administrators who weresolicited via email. The survey covered topics ranging from course content, student learningobjectives, and textbook preferences. In this paper, statistical results from the survey areprovided, as well as a comparison with results obtained from related surveys previouslyconducted in 1977, 1978, and 1987.

Lepek, D., & Vigeant, M. A., & Silverstein, D. L., & Keith, J. M. (2015, June), How We Teach: Transport Phenomena and Related Courses Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24201

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